Walter Samuel

Date of birth23 March 1978
Place of birthFirmat
NationalityArgentine
Weight83 kg
Height1.83 m
PositionDefender

A talented and extremely effective defender, Walter began his senior career with Newells Old Boys prior to joining Boca Juniors in 1997.

He went on to become a member of the team that won the Copa Libertadores in 2000 before moving on to AS Roma for £12.5million.

He achieved instant success as they won the Serie A title for the first time in 18 years in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico.

He won his first cap against Venezuela in February 1999 and missed just one of their 18 matches in the campaign to qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals.

Walter, who has become known as The Wall, is a versatile player who generally appeared on the left side of a three man defence for his country but in a more central role for AS Roma.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Newell's Old Boys 01 Jul 1997 01 Jan 1998
Boca Juniors 01 Jan 1998 01 Jul 2000
AS Roma 01 Jul 2000

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 AS Roma Serie A 31
1
10
2000-01 AS Roma UEFA Cup 8
3
1
2001-02 AS Roma Serie A 30
5
8
2001-02 AS Roma UEFA Champions League 12
3
2002-03 AS Roma Serie A 31
2
8
2002-03 AS Roma UEFA Champions League 10
5
2003-04 AS Roma Serie A 30
1
7
2003-04 AS Roma UEFA Cup 7
1
3
2004-05 Real Madrid Primera Liga 30
2
13
2
2008-09 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 1
1
2009-10 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 2
2010-11 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 2
1
2011-12 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 6
1
2
2012-13 Internazionale UEFA Europa League 4
1
1
1
2014-15 FC Basel UEFA Champions League 3
1
2
1
2015-16 FC Basel UEFA Champions League 1
2015-16 FC Basel UEFA Europa League 3
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
14 Sep 2000 HIT Gorica v AS Roma W 1-4 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
28 Sep 2000 AS Roma v HIT Gorica W 7-0
Agg: 11-1
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
01 Oct 2000 AS Roma v Bologna D 0-0 Serie A 1
15 Oct 2000 Lecce v AS Roma W 0-4 Serie A 2
22 Oct 2000 AS Roma v Vicenza W 3-1 Serie A 3
26 Oct 2000 Boavista v AS Roma W 0-1 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
01 Nov 2000 Inter Milano v AS Roma L 2-0 Serie A 4
05 Nov 2000 Brescia v AS Roma W 2-4 Serie A 5
09 Nov 2000 AS Roma v Boavista D 1-1
Agg: 2-1
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
19 Nov 2000 Verona v AS Roma W 1-4 Serie A 7
23 Nov 2000 AS Roma v Hamburger SV W 1-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
03 Dec 2000 Perugia v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 9
07 Dec 2000 Hamburger SV v AS Roma W 0-3
Agg: 0-4
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
10 Dec 2000 AS Roma v Udinese W 2-1 Serie A 10
17 Dec 2000 Lazio v AS Roma W 0-1 Serie A 11
22 Dec 2000 AS Roma v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 12
07 Jan 2001 Atalanta v AS Roma W 0-2 Serie A 13
14 Jan 2001 AS Roma v Bari D 1-1 Serie A 14
21 Jan 2001 AC Milan v AS Roma L 3-2 Serie A 15
28 Jan 2001 AS Roma v Napoli W 3-0 Serie A 16
04 Feb 2001 Parma v AS Roma W 1-2 Serie A 17
11 Feb 2001 Bologna v AS Roma W 1-2 Serie A 18
15 Feb 2001 AS Roma v Liverpool L 0-2 UEFA Cup 4th round 1st leg
18 Feb 2001 AS Roma v Lecce W 1-0 Serie A 19
22 Feb 2001 Liverpool v AS Roma W 0-1
Agg: 2-1
UEFA Cup 4th round 2nd leg
25 Feb 2001 Vicenza v AS Roma W 0-2 Serie A 20
04 Mar 2001 AS Roma v Inter Milano W 3-2 Serie A 21
11 Mar 2001 AS Roma v Brescia W 3-1 Serie A 22
18 Mar 2001 Reggina v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 23
01 Apr 2001 AS Roma v Verona W 3-1 Serie A 24
09 Apr 2001 Fiorentina v AS Roma L 3-1 Serie A 25
14 Apr 2001 AS Roma v Perugia D 2-2 Serie A 26
29 Apr 2001 AS Roma v Lazio D 2-2 Serie A 28
06 May 2001 Juventus v AS Roma D 2-2 Serie A 29
12 May 2001 AS Roma v Atalanta D 0-0 Serie A 30
20 May 2001 Bari v AS Roma W 1-4 Serie A 31
27 May 2001 AS Roma v AC Milan D 1-1 Serie A 32
10 Jun 2001 Napoli v AS Roma D 2-2 Serie A 33
17 Jun 2001 AS Roma v Parma W 3-1 Serie A 34
26 Aug 2001 Verona v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 1
08 Sep 2001 AS Roma v Udinese D 0-0 Serie A 2
11 Sep 2001 AS Roma v Real Madrid D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
16 Sep 2001 Piacenza v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 3
19 Sep 2001 Anderlecht v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
23 Sep 2001 AS Roma v Fiorentina D 0-0 Serie A 4
26 Sep 2001 AS Roma v Lokomotiv Moskva D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
29 Sep 2001 Juventus v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 5
13 Oct 2001 Perugia v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 7
16 Oct 2001 Lokomotiv Moskva v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
21 Oct 2001 AS Roma v Lecce D 0-0 Serie A 8
24 Oct 2001 Real Madrid v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
27 Oct 2001 AS Roma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 9
30 Oct 2001 AS Roma v Anderlecht D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
17 Nov 2001 AS Roma v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 11
20 Nov 2001 Galatasaray v AS Roma D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
25 Nov 2001 Bologna v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 12
05 Dec 2001 AS Roma v Liverpool D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
09 Dec 2001 Parma v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 14
16 Dec 2001 AS Roma v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 15
19 Dec 2001 AS Roma v Brescia D 0-0 Serie A 6
23 Dec 2001 Chievo Verona v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 16
06 Jan 2002 AS Roma v Torino D 0-0 Serie A 17
13 Jan 2002 AS Roma v Verona D 0-0 Serie A 18
20 Jan 2002 Udinese v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 19
27 Jan 2002 AS Roma v Piacenza D 0-0 Serie A 20
03 Feb 2002 Fiorentina v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 21
10 Feb 2002 AS Roma v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 22
20 Feb 2002 Barcelona v AS Roma D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
24 Feb 2002 AS Roma v Perugia D 0-0 Serie A 24
26 Feb 2002 AS Roma v Barcelona W 3-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
03 Mar 2002 Lecce v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 25
10 Mar 2002 Lazio v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 26
13 Mar 2002 AS Roma v Galatasaray D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
16 Mar 2002 AS Roma v Atalanta D 0-0 Serie A 27
19 Mar 2002 Liverpool v AS Roma L 2-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
24 Mar 2002 Inter Milano v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 28
30 Mar 2002 AS Roma v Bologna D 0-0 Serie A 29
14 Apr 2002 AS Roma v Parma D 0-0 Serie A 31
21 Apr 2002 AC Milan v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 32
28 Apr 2002 AS Roma v Chievo Verona D 0-0 Serie A 33
05 May 2002 Torino v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 34
14 Sep 2002 Bologna v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 2
17 Sep 2002 AS Roma v Real Madrid D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
22 Sep 2002 AS Roma v Modena D 0-0 Serie A 3
25 Sep 2002 AEK Athens v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
29 Sep 2002 Brescia v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 4
02 Oct 2002 RC Genk v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
05 Oct 2002 AS Roma v Udinese D 0-0 Serie A 5
19 Oct 2002 Empoli v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 6
22 Oct 2002 AS Roma v RC Genk D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
27 Oct 2002 Lazio v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 7
30 Oct 2002 Real Madrid v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
03 Nov 2002 AS Roma v Perugia D 0-0 Serie A 8
06 Nov 2002 AS Roma v Como D 0-0 Serie A 1
09 Nov 2002 Piacenza v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 9
12 Nov 2002 AS Roma v AEK Athens D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
16 Nov 2002 AS Roma v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 10
24 Nov 2002 Parma v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 11
27 Nov 2002 AS Roma v Arsenal L 1-3 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
01 Dec 2002 AS Roma v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 12
07 Dec 2002 AC Milan v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 13
10 Dec 2002 Ajax v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
15 Dec 2002 AS Roma v Reggina D 0-0 Serie A 14
21 Dec 2002 Torino v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 15
12 Jan 2003 AS Roma v Chievo Verona D 0-0 Serie A 16
19 Jan 2003 Atalanta v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 17
25 Jan 2003 Como v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 18
01 Feb 2003 AS Roma v Bologna D 0-0 Serie A 19
09 Feb 2003 Modena v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 20
23 Feb 2003 Udinese v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 22
26 Feb 2003 Valencia v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
02 Mar 2003 AS Roma v Empoli D 0-0 Serie A 23
08 Mar 2003 AS Roma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 24
11 Mar 2003 Arsenal v AS Roma D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group B
16 Mar 2003 Perugia v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 25
23 Mar 2003 AS Roma v Piacenza D 0-0 Serie A 26
06 Apr 2003 Inter Milano v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 27
13 Apr 2003 AS Roma v Parma D 0-0 Serie A 28
26 Apr 2003 AS Roma v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 30
03 May 2003 Reggina v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 31
10 May 2003 AS Roma v Torino D 0-0 Serie A 32
17 May 2003 Chievo Verona v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 33
31 Aug 2003 Udinese v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 1
14 Sep 2003 AS Roma v Brescia D 0-0 Serie A 2
21 Sep 2003 Juventus v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 3
24 Sep 2003 AS Roma v FK Vardar Skopje D 0-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
28 Sep 2003 AS Roma v Ancona D 0-0 Serie A 4
05 Oct 2003 Siena v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 5
15 Oct 2003 FK Vardar Skopje v AS Roma D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
19 Oct 2003 AS Roma v Parma D 0-0 Serie A 6
26 Oct 2003 Inter Milano v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 7
02 Nov 2003 AS Roma v Reggina D 0-0 Serie A 8
06 Nov 2003 AS Roma v Hajduk Split D 0-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
09 Nov 2003 AS Roma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 9
23 Nov 2003 Bologna v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 10
27 Nov 2003 Hajduk Split v AS Roma D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
30 Nov 2003 AS Roma v Lecce D 0-0 Serie A 11
07 Dec 2003 Chievo Verona v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 12
14 Dec 2003 AS Roma v Modena D 0-0 Serie A 13
20 Dec 2003 Empoli v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 14
06 Jan 2004 AS Roma v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 15
11 Jan 2004 Perugia v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 16
25 Jan 2004 AS Roma v Udinese D 0-0 Serie A 18
31 Jan 2004 Brescia v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 19
08 Feb 2004 AS Roma v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 20
15 Feb 2004 Ancona v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 21
22 Feb 2004 AS Roma v Siena D 0-0 Serie A 22
26 Feb 2004 Gaziantepspor v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
29 Feb 2004 Parma v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 23
03 Mar 2004 AS Roma v Gaziantepspor D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
07 Mar 2004 AS Roma v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 24
11 Mar 2004 Villarreal v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Cup 4th round 1st leg
14 Mar 2004 Reggina v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 25
26 Mar 2004 AS Roma v Villarreal D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 4th round 2nd leg
28 Mar 2004 AS Roma v Bologna D 0-0 Serie A 27
04 Apr 2004 Lecce v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 28
21 Apr 2004 Lazio v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 26
25 Apr 2004 AS Roma v Empoli D 0-0 Serie A 31
02 May 2004 AC Milan v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 32
09 May 2004 AS Roma v Perugia D 0-0 Serie A 33


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 9
2
1996-97 Argentina World Youth Cup 5
1997-98 Argentina Toulon Under-21 3
1
1997-98 Argentina World Youth Cup 1
1998-99 Argentina Copa America 4
2
1998-99 Argentina International Friendly 3
1
1999-00 Argentina FIFA World Cup 4
1999-00 Argentina International Friendly 3
1999-00 Argentina Under-23 1
1
2000-01 Argentina FIFA World Cup 8
1
1
2000-01 Argentina International Friendly 1
2001-02 Argentina FIFA World Cup 8
1
3
2001-02 Argentina International Friendly 2
1
2001-02 Argentina Maradona Farewell Match 1
2002-03 Argentina International Friendly 2
2
2003-04 Argentina FIFA World Cup 5
1
1
2003-04 Argentina International Friendly 2
1
2004-05 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup 2
2
2004-05 Argentina FIFA World Cup 3
2004-05 Argentina International Friendly 1
2005-06 Argentina FIFA World Cup 1
2005-06 Argentina International Friendly 3
1
1
2006-07 Argentina International Friendly
1
2009-10 Argentina FIFA World Cup 2
2009-10 Argentina International Friendly 1
1
2010-11 Argentina International Friendly 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
05 Jul 1997 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-1 World Youth Cup Final
16 May 1998 France v Argentina L 3-0 Toulon Under-21 Group A
18 May 1998 Argentina v England W 2-0 Toulon Under-21 Group A
23 May 1998 France v Argentina W 0-2 Toulon Under-21 Final
04 Feb 1999 Venezuela v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
10 Feb 1999 Argentina v Mexico W 1-0 International Friendly
20 Jun 1999 Argentina v Lithuania D 0-0 International Friendly
01 Jul 1999 Argentina v Ecuador W 3-1 Copa America Group C
04 Jul 1999 Argentina v Colombia L 0-3 Copa America Group C
07 Jul 1999 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-0 Copa America Group C
11 Jul 1999 Brazil v Argentina L 2-1 Copa America Quarter-final
04 Sep 1999 Argentina v Brazil W 2-0 International Friendly
07 Sep 1999 Brazil v Argentina L 4-2 International Friendly
13 Oct 1999 Argentina v Colombia W 2-1 International Friendly
01 Dec 1999 Argentina v Denmark W 4-0 U23
29 Mar 2000 Argentina v Chile W 4-1 FIFA World Cup South America
26 Apr 2000 Venezuela v Argentina W 0-4 FIFA World Cup South America
04 Jun 2000 Argentina v Bolivia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
29 Jun 2000 Colombia v Argentina W 1-3 FIFA World Cup South America
19 Jul 2000 Argentina v Ecuador W 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
26 Jul 2000 Brazil v Argentina L 3-1 FIFA World Cup South America
16 Aug 2000 Argentina v Paraguay D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America
03 Sep 2000 Peru v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup South America
08 Oct 2000 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America
15 Nov 2000 Chile v Argentina W 0-2 FIFA World Cup South America
28 Feb 2001 Italy v Argentina W 1-2 International Friendly
28 Mar 2001 Argentina v Venezuela W 5-0 FIFA World Cup South America
25 Apr 2001 Bolivia v Argentina D 3-3 FIFA World Cup South America
14 Aug 2001 Ecuador v Argentina W 0-2 FIFA World Cup South America
05 Sep 2001 Argentina v Brazil W 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America
06 Oct 2001 Paraguay v Argentina D 2-2 FIFA World Cup South America
08 Nov 2001 Argentina v Peru W 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
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 South America
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
12 Jun 2002 Sweden v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
20 Nov 2002 Japan v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Netherlands v Argentina L 1-0 International Friendly
20 Aug 2003 Uruguay v Argentina W 2-3 International Friendly
06 Sep 2003 Argentina v Chile D 2-2 FIFA World Cup South America
15 Nov 2003 Argentina v Bolivia W 3-0 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
02 Jun 2004 Brazil v Argentina L 3-1 FIFA World Cup South America
06 Jun 2004 Argentina v Paraguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America
18 Aug 2004 Japan v Argentina W 1-2 International Friendly
09 Oct 2004 Argentina v Uruguay W 4-2 FIFA World Cup South America
13 Oct 2004 Chile v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America
04 Jun 2005 Ecuador v Argentina L 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
18 Jun 2005 Australia v Argentina W 2-4 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
21 Jun 2005 Germany v Argentina D 2-2 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
12 Oct 2005 Uruguay v Argentina L 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
12 Nov 2005 Argentina v England L 2-3 International Friendly
16 Nov 2005 Qatar v Argentina W 0-3 International Friendly
01 Mar 2006 Croatia v Argentina L 3-2 International Friendly
03 Sep 2006 Brazil v Argentina L 3-0 International Friendly
03 Mar 2010 Germany v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
12 Jun 2010 Argentina v Nigeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
17 Jun 2010 Argentina v Korea Republic W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
11 Aug 2010 Republic of Ireland v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly


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