Diego Placente

Date of birth24 April 1977
Place of birthBuenos Aires
NationalityArgentine
Weight72 kg
Height1.76 m
PositionDefender

One of the leading players in Bayer Leverkusen's success in the Champions League, Diego enjoyed championship success in Argentina with River Plate in 1999 and 2000.

He effectively replaced Juan Pablo Sorin at River and is likely to be his understudy in Japan and South Korea.

The left sided defender, who was a World Cup winner at Under-20 level in 1997, may not be the quickest but makes up for that with his strength, determination and superb technique.

Diego previously played for the Argentinos Juniors.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Argentinos Juniors 01 Jul 1995 01 Oct 1997
River Plate 01 Oct 1997 01 Jan 2001
Bayer Leverkusen 01 Jan 2001

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 11
1
3
2001-02 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 29
3
1
9
1
2001-02 Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League 18
4
2002-03 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 23
1
8
1
2002-03 Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League 6
2
2003-04 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 26
1
1
5
2
2004-05 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 28
1
5
2004-05 Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League 2
2006-07 Celta Vigo UEFA Cup 1
2008-09 Bordeaux UEFA Champions League 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
28 Jan 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart W 4-0 Bundesliga 19
04 Feb 2001 SpVgg Unterhaching v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-2 Bundesliga 20
10 Feb 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Köln W 4-1 Bundesliga 21
18 Feb 2001 Hansa Rostock v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-1 Bundesliga 22
23 Feb 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Energie Cottbus L 1-3 Bundesliga 23
31 Mar 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Schalke 04 L 0-3 Bundesliga 27
07 Apr 2001 Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-3 Bundesliga 28
21 Apr 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburger SV D 1-1 Bundesliga 30
28 Apr 2001 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-1 Bundesliga 31
05 May 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München L 0-1 Bundesliga 32
12 May 2001 Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 33
19 May 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Bochum W 1-0 Bundesliga 34
28 Jul 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Wolfsburg W 2-1 Bundesliga 1
04 Aug 2001 Hansa Rostock v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-3 Bundesliga 2
08 Aug 2001 Crvena Zvezda v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg
11 Aug 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 3
18 Aug 2001 Schalke 04 v Bayer Leverkusen D 3-3 Bundesliga 4
21 Aug 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Crvena Zvezda D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg
08 Sep 2001 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-1 Bundesliga 5
15 Sep 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v FC St Pauli W 3-1 Bundesliga 6
18 Sep 2001 Olympique Lyonnais v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
22 Sep 2001 Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 7
25 Sep 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
30 Sep 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v SC Freiburg W 4-1 Bundesliga 8
10 Oct 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Fenerbahçe D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group E
13 Oct 2001 Energie Cottbus v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-3 Bundesliga 9
17 Oct 2001 Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
20 Oct 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart W 4-1 Bundesliga 10
27 Oct 2001 TSV 1860 München v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-4 Bundesliga 11
31 Oct 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
03 Nov 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Kaiserslautern W 2-1 Bundesliga 12
17 Nov 2001 1.FC Köln v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-2 Bundesliga 13
24 Nov 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburger SV W 4-1 Bundesliga 14
29 Nov 2001 Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen L 4-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
01 Dec 2001 Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-1 Bundesliga 15
04 Dec 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Deportivo La Coruña W 3-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
08 Dec 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Nürnberg W 4-2 Bundesliga 16
15 Dec 2001 Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-1 Bundesliga 17
19 Dec 2001 VfL Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-1 Bundesliga 18
26 Jan 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Hansa Rostock W 2-0 Bundesliga 19
03 Feb 2002 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-0 Bundesliga 20
06 Feb 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Schalke 04 L 0-1 Bundesliga 21
09 Feb 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Mönchengladbach W 5-0 Bundesliga 22
19 Feb 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Arsenal D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
24 Feb 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund W 4-0 Bundesliga 24
27 Feb 2002 Arsenal v Bayer Leverkusen L 4-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
02 Mar 2002 SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen D 2-2 Bundesliga 25
09 Mar 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Energie Cottbus W 2-0 Bundesliga 26
12 Mar 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus W 3-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
16 Mar 2002 VfB Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-2 Bundesliga 27
20 Mar 2002 Deportivo La Coruña v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-3 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
23 Mar 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v TSV 1860 München W 4-0 Bundesliga 28
30 Mar 2002 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-4 Bundesliga 29
03 Apr 2002 Liverpool v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
09 Apr 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Liverpool W 4-2
Agg: 4-3
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg
13 Apr 2002 Hamburger SV v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 31
20 Apr 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Werder Bremen L 1-2 Bundesliga 32
24 Apr 2002 Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen D 2-2 UEFA Champions League Semi-final 1st leg
27 Apr 2002 1.FC Nürnberg v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 Bundesliga 33
30 Apr 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United D 1-1
Agg: 3-3
UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg
04 May 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Hertha Berlin W 2-1 Bundesliga 34
15 May 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Real Madrid L 1-2 UEFA Champions League Final
10 Aug 2002 Energie Cottbus v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 1
17 Aug 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund D 1-1 Bundesliga 2
24 Aug 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Bochum L 2-4 Bundesliga 3
19 Oct 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Kaiserslautern W 1-0 Bundesliga 9
23 Oct 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Maccabi Haifa D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
26 Oct 2002 Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 10
29 Oct 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Olympiakos D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
02 Nov 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart L 0-1 Bundesliga 11
09 Nov 2002 Schalke 04 v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-1 Bundesliga 12
16 Nov 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Mönchengladbach D 2-2 Bundesliga 13
27 Nov 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
10 Dec 2002 Inter Milano v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
14 Dec 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Nürnberg L 0-2 Bundesliga 17
26 Jan 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Energie Cottbus L 0-3 Bundesliga 18
02 Feb 2003 Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-0 Bundesliga 19
08 Feb 2003 VfL Bochum v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-1 Bundesliga 20
15 Feb 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Hansa Rostock L 1-2 Bundesliga 21
22 Feb 2003 Hannover 96 v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-2 Bundesliga 22
26 Feb 2003 Newcastle United v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
01 Mar 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Werder Bremen W 3-0 Bundesliga 23
08 Mar 2003 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-0 Bundesliga 24
19 Mar 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Inter Milano D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
22 Mar 2003 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 Bundesliga 26
05 Apr 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Hertha Berlin W 4-1 Bundesliga 27
12 Apr 2003 VfB Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-0 Bundesliga 28
20 Apr 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Schalke 04 L 1-3 Bundesliga 29
10 May 2003 Hamburger SV v Bayer Leverkusen L 4-1 Bundesliga 32
17 May 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v TSV 1860 München W 3-0 Bundesliga 33
24 May 2003 1.FC Nürnberg v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-1 Bundesliga 34
02 Aug 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v SC Freiburg W 4-1 Bundesliga 1
10 Aug 2003 Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-2 Bundesliga 2
16 Aug 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Hannover 96 W 4-0 Bundesliga 3
23 Aug 2003 VfL Bochum v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 Bundesliga 4
13 Sep 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburger SV W 1-0 Bundesliga 5
20 Sep 2003 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen D 3-3 Bundesliga 6
27 Sep 2003 VfL Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-1 Bundesliga 7
05 Oct 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Hansa Rostock W 3-0 Bundesliga 8
18 Oct 2003 Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-4 Bundesliga 9
22 Nov 2003 Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen D 2-2 Bundesliga 13
07 Dec 2003 1.FC Köln v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 Bundesliga 15
13 Dec 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Werder Bremen L 1-3 Bundesliga 16
17 Dec 2003 VfB Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-3 Bundesliga 17
01 Feb 2004 SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 Bundesliga 18
07 Feb 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt L 1-2 Bundesliga 19
14 Feb 2004 Hannover 96 v Bayer Leverkusen D 2-2 Bundesliga 20
28 Feb 2004 Hamburger SV v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-1 Bundesliga 22
06 Mar 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München L 1-3 Bundesliga 23
13 Mar 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Wolfsburg W 4-2 Bundesliga 24
20 Mar 2004 Hansa Rostock v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-2 Bundesliga 25
27 Mar 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Hertha Berlin W 4-1 Bundesliga 26
03 Apr 2004 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 Bundesliga 27
24 Apr 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund W 3-0 Bundesliga 30
01 May 2004 TSV 1860 München v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 31
08 May 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Köln W 2-0 Bundesliga 32
15 May 2004 Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-6 Bundesliga 33
22 May 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart W 2-0 Bundesliga 34
07 Aug 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Hannover 96 W 2-1 Bundesliga 1
28 Aug 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München W 4-1 Bundesliga 3
11 Sep 2004 1.FSV Mainz 05 v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-0 Bundesliga 4
18 Sep 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Nürnberg D 2-2 Bundesliga 5
25 Sep 2004 VfB Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-0 Bundesliga 6
02 Oct 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Hamburger SV W 3-0 Bundesliga 7
16 Oct 2004 Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-1 Bundesliga 8
23 Oct 2004 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 Bundesliga 9
27 Oct 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Arminia Bielefeld W 3-2 Bundesliga 10
30 Oct 2004 Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 Bundesliga 11
06 Nov 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v SC Freiburg W 4-1 Bundesliga 12
13 Nov 2004 Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen D 2-2 Bundesliga 13
20 Nov 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Schalke 04 L 0-3 Bundesliga 14
27 Nov 2004 Hansa Rostock v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-2 Bundesliga 15
04 Dec 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Wolfsburg W 2-1 Bundesliga 16
12 Dec 2004 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen D 1-1 Bundesliga 17
23 Jan 2005 Hannover 96 v Bayer Leverkusen W 0-3 Bundesliga 18
29 Jan 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v VfL Bochum W 4-0 Bundesliga 19
05 Feb 2005 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen L 2-0 Bundesliga 20
13 Feb 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FSV Mainz 05 W 2-0 Bundesliga 21
19 Feb 2005 1.FC Nürnberg v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-4 Bundesliga 22
22 Feb 2005 Liverpool v Bayer Leverkusen L 3-1 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg
27 Feb 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v VfB Stuttgart D 1-1 Bundesliga 23
05 Mar 2005 Hamburger SV v Bayer Leverkusen L 1-0 Bundesliga 24
09 Mar 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v Liverpool L 1-3
Agg: 2-6
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg
12 Mar 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v Hertha Berlin D 3-3 Bundesliga 25
19 Mar 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v 1.FC Kaiserslautern W 2-0 Bundesliga 26
02 Apr 2005 Arminia Bielefeld v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 Bundesliga 27
09 Apr 2005 Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund L 0-1 Bundesliga 28
16 Apr 2005 SC Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen W 1-3 Bundesliga 29
30 Apr 2005 Schalke 04 v Bayer Leverkusen D 3-3 Bundesliga 31


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Argentina South America Youth Championship 8
1
1
1996-97 Argentina World Youth Cup 5
1
1997-98 Argentina World Youth Cup 2
1999-00 Argentina International Friendly 1
1
1999-00 Argentina Olympics 6
1
2
1
1
1999-00 Argentina Under-23 1
2000-01 Argentina International Friendly 1
2001-02 Argentina FIFA World Cup 3
1
2001-02 Argentina International Friendly 1
2
2001-02 Argentina Maradona Farewell Match
1
2002-03 Argentina International Friendly 2
2002-03 Argentina Kirin Cup 1
2003-04 Argentina Copa America
1
2003-04 Argentina FIFA World Cup 2
1
2003-04 Argentina International Friendly 1
2
2004-05 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup 1
2004-05 Argentina FIFA World Cup
2
1
2004-05 Argentina International Friendly 1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
17 Jan 1997 Argentina v Paraguay W 5-2 SAYC Group B
19 Jan 1997 Argentina v Colombia D 1-1 SAYC Group B
22 Jan 1997 Argentina v Bolivia W 2-1 SAYC Group B
26 Jan 1997 Argentina v Uruguay L 0-1 SAYC Group B
29 Jan 1997 Argentina v Venezuela W 3-0 SAYC Final round
31 Jan 1997 Argentina v Uruguay D 1-1 SAYC Final round
02 Feb 1997 Argentina v Brazil W 2-0 SAYC Final round
05 Feb 1997 Chile v Argentina L 3-0 SAYC Final round
07 Feb 1997 Argentina v Paraguay D 1-1 SAYC Final round
18 Jun 1997 Hungary v Argentina W 0-3 World Youth Cup Group E
20 Jun 1997 Argentina v Canada W 2-1 World Youth Cup Group E
23 Jun 1997 Argentina v Australia L 3-4 World Youth Cup Group E
26 Jun 1997 Argentina v England W 2-1 World Youth Cup 2nd round
29 Jun 1997 Argentina v Brazil W 2-0 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
02 Jul 1997 Argentina v Republic of Ireland W 1-0 World Youth Cup Semi-final
05 Jul 1997 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-1 World Youth Cup Final
01 Dec 1999 Argentina v Denmark W 4-0 U23
11 Jan 2000 Argentina v Venezuela W 6-1 International Friendly
18 Jan 2000 Argentina v Paraguay W 3-1 Olympics South America group B
20 Jan 2000 Argentina v Peru D 1-1 Olympics South America group B
25 Jan 2000 Argentina v Bolivia W 2-0 Olympics South America group B
29 Jan 2000 Argentina v Uruguay L 1-2 Olympics South America group B
04 Feb 2000 Argentina v Uruguay W 3-0 Olympics South America final group
06 Feb 2000 Chile v Argentina L 1-0 Olympics South America final group
18 Feb 2000 Argentina v Paraguay W 3-1 Olympics South America group B
20 Dec 2000 Argentina v Mexico W 2-0 International Friendly
05 Sep 2001 Argentina v Brazil W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
10 Nov 2001 Argentina v World XI W 6-3 Maradona Farewell Match
14 Nov 2001 Uruguay v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
13 Feb 2002 Wales v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Cameroon v Argentina D 2-2 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Germany v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
07 Jun 2002 Argentina v England L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
30 Apr 2003 Libya v Argentina W 1-3 International Friendly
08 Jun 2003 Japan v Argentina W 1-4 KIRIN CUP
11 Jun 2003 Korea Republic v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 2003 Uruguay v Argentina W 2-3 International Friendly
09 Sep 2003 Venezuela v Argentina W 0-3 FIFA World Cup South America
18 Nov 2003 Colombia v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America
28 Apr 2004 Morocco v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
27 Jun 2004 Argentina v Colombia L 0-2 International Friendly
30 Jun 2004 Argentina v Peru W 2-1 International Friendly
20 Jul 2004 Argentina v Colombia W 3-0 Copa America Semi-final
18 Aug 2004 Japan v Argentina W 1-2 International Friendly
17 Nov 2004 Argentina v Venezuela W 3-2 FIFA World Cup South America
30 Mar 2005 Argentina v Colombia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
29 Jun 2005 Brazil v Argentina L 4-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Final


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.