World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Franco Di Santo

Article Id: WHEBN0012631431
Reproduction Date:

Title: Franco Di Santo  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 2011–12 Wigan Athletic F.C. season, 2012–13 Wigan Athletic F.C. season, 2008–09 Chelsea F.C. season, 2010–11 Wigan Athletic F.C. season, 2009–10 Chelsea F.C. season
Collection: 1989 Births, Argentina International Footballers, Argentine Emigrants to Italy, Argentine Expatriate Footballers, Argentine Expatriate Sportspeople in the United Kingdom, Argentine Expatriates in Chile, Argentine Expatriates in Germany, Argentine Footballers, Association Football Forwards, Audax Italiano Players, Blackburn Rovers F.C. Players, Bundesliga Players, Chelsea F.C. Players, Expatriate Footballers in Chile, Expatriate Footballers in England, Expatriate Footballers in Germany, Living People, Naturalised Citizens of Italy, People from Mendoza, Argentina, Premier League Players, Primera División De Chile Players, Sv Werder Bremen Players, Wigan Athletic F.C. Players
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Franco Di Santo

Franco Di Santo

Di Santo warming up for Wigan Athletic in 2011
Personal information
Full name Franco Matías Di Santo[1]
Date of birth (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 [1]
Place of birth Mendoza, Argentina
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2006 Audax Italiano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Audax Italiano 55 (13)
2008–2010 Chelsea 8 (0)
2009–2010 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 22 (1)
2010–2013 Wigan Athletic 92 (13)
2013– Werder Bremen 33 (10)
National team
2006–2009 Argentina U20 25 (5)
2012– Argentina 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2014

Franco Matías Di Santo (born 7 April 1989) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a striker for German club Werder Bremen.

He began his career at Chilean club Audax Italiano, earning a £3.4 million move to Chelsea in 2008 and a first-team place following good form in the reserves. After a season on loan at Blackburn Rovers he moved to Wigan Athletic for £2 million, where he won the FA Cup in 2013 but was released after the club's relegation.

Di Santo has represented the Argentina national football team on three occasions. He was nicknamed 'Crespito' (Little Crespo) after Chelsea's former Argentinian striker Hernán Crespo.[2]


  • Club career 1
    • Audax Italiano 1.1
    • Chelsea 1.2
      • 2007–08 season 1.2.1
      • 2008–09 season 1.2.2
      • Loan to Blackburn Rovers 1.2.3
    • Wigan Athletic 1.3
    • Werder Bremen 1.4
  • International career 2
  • Career statistics 3
    • Club 3.1
    • International 3.2
  • Honours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Audax Italiano

Born in Mendoza, Mendoza Province,[1] Di Santo began his club career in the Chilean team Audax Italiano.[3] In the 2006–07 season, he scored 26 goals in 76 matches, including one goal in six matches in the Copa Libertadores. Then, in 2007 he scored 12 in 17 matches for the club, including one goal in four matches in the Copa Sudamericana. On 25 January 2008, Di Santo signed for English Premier League side Chelsea on a four-and-a-half year contract for a fee of £3.4 million.[1][4]


2007–08 season

Di Santo scored on his debut for Chelsea reserves on 11 February 2008, getting a late goal in a 2–2 draw with Fulham reserves and scored his second goal in as many appearances, against Reading reserves on 3 March. On 14 April, he scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea's reserve team against Tottenham Reserves; the most spectacular of the three goals being a volley from a Branislav Ivanović cross that found the top right corner.[5] In the last reserve match of the season, Di Santo scored his seventh goal in eight reserve games against Aston Villa. He finished the 2007–08 reserve season with 12 reserve goals in eight games.

2008–09 season

Di Santo trained with the first team in 2008–09 pre-season and flew out with the squad on their tour of China. Ahead of their first game on tour, he was handed the number 36 jersey and came off the bench in that game against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical, to score the third goal during a 4–0 victory. He scored his second goal of the pre-season campaign in the 65th minute against the Chengdu Blades in a 7–0 victory after he had replaced Nicolas Anelka five minutes before.

On 31 August, Di Santo made his first-team debut in the 1–1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur, coming on in place of Nicolas Anelka in the 88th minute of the game.[6] His UEFA Champions League debut came against CFR Cluj, replacing Florent Malouda in the 70th minute of a 0–0 draw on 2 October.[7] On 3 January 2009, Di Santo made his FA Cup debut in the third round, replacing Joe Cole for the last six minutes against Southend United in a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge.[8]

Di Santo came on as a substitute for Florent Malouda with half an hour remaining and Chelsea a goal down against Stoke City on 17 January 2009. He assisted a goal in the 88th minute for Juliano Belletti to make it 1–1, and Frank Lampard then scored a 94th-minute winner.[9] On 30 May, Di Santo was an unused substitute as Chelsea won the 2009 FA Cup Final against Everton.[10] He made 8 substitute appearances during Chelsea's 2008–09 Premier League campaign and was afterwards linked with a loan move to Blackburn Rovers.[11]

Di Santo scored his first goal of the 2009 pre-season against Club América; he also provided an assist to teammate Florent Malouda a minute later. Chelsea won the game 2–0 to win the World Football Challenge.

Loan to Blackburn Rovers

On 3 August 2009, Di Santo joined Blackburn Rovers on loan until February 2010, with the option of extending the loan by six months to June 2010.[12]

He made his debut for Rovers on the opening day of the season, 15 August, replacing Jason Roberts in the 65th minute of a 2–0 home defeat to Manchester City.[13] He made his first start in the next match, away to Sunderland a week later, but was substituted for Nikola Kalinić due to injury after 14 minutes; Blackburn lost 2–1.[14] He recovered from injury after a month, starting a 2–1 home win over Aston Villa on 26 September in which he won David Dunn's winning late penalty after his shot was handled by Richard Dunne.[15] On 18 October he scored the only goal of his loan in a 3–2 home win over local rivals Burnley, also assisting David Dunn with a flick.[16]

As a result of his good performances, Rovers extended his loan deal by a further six months until June 2010. However, after his extended loan, Di Santo saw less time on the pitch due to his poor goals-to-games ratio and was often used more as a late substitute. He was not selected for Rovers' final squad of the 2009–10 season, against Aston Villa.

Wigan Athletic

Di Santo playing for Wigan Athletic in 2010

On 31 August 2010, Di Santo signed a three-year contract with Wigan Athletic for a transfer fee of £2 million.[17] He made his debut on 11 September, appearing as a 54th-minute substitute for Hendry Thomas in a 1–1 draw against Sunderland, in support of his compatriot Mauro Boselli.[18] In the following game, against Manchester City, he started for the first time as Wigan lost 2–0 at home.[19] On 23 April 2011, Di Santo replaced Charles N'Zogbia for the last seven minutes of a 4–2 defeat at Sunderland and scored the last goal of the game in added time.[20] It was his first goal since 18 October 2009.

On the opening day of the following Premier League season, Di Santo won a penalty from Ritchie de Laet, which teammate Ben Watson converted into a goal in the 1–1 draw against Norwich City.[21] On 27 August 2011, the third game of the season, he scored two deflected goals in a 2–0 win against Queens Park Rangers and left to a standing ovation from the home crowd when substituted for Conor Sammon.[22] On 17 September, he scored again at Goodison Park against Everton, a deflected effort off Tony Hibbert to take the lead, but eventually Wigan lost 3–1.[23]

Di Santo scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season in a 2–0 away win at newly promoted Southampton on 25 August, opening the scoring in the 51st minute with a finish high into the net from inside the area.[24] He was an unused substitute as Wigan defeated Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final, manager Roberto Martínez instead playing Arouna Koné and Callum McManaman in attack.[25] On 30 June 2013, Di Santo was released by Wigan.[26]

Werder Bremen

On 14 August 2013, Di Santo signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.[27] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund nine days later, replacing Marko Arnautović in the 67th minute.[28] On 14 November, in the last five minutes of a home game against Mainz, he assisted Eljero Elia and then scored his own first Bundesliga goal, but Bremen still lost 2–3.[29] He finished his first season at the club with 4 goals from 23 league appearances.

On 1 November 2014, away to 1. FSV Mainz 05, Di Santo scored two goals (the first a rebounded penalty), as Bremen came from behind to register their first win of the season after 10 games. This brace put him joint top of the Bundesliga scorers, with 6 goals.[30]

International career

Di Santo made his debut for the Argentina under-20 team in 2006 and scored his first goal in a game against the French under-20s. He was part of the under-20 squad that participated in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay, which Brazil won by a two-point advantage over Argentina.

He was also called up to the 2009 South American Youth Championship in Venezuela, but was not allowed to take part due to Chelsea's injury crises. From 2006 to 2009 Di Santo earned 25 Under-20 caps and five goals.

On 31 October 2012, Di Santo was handed a call-up to the Argentina national team squad by manager Alejandro Sabella for their upcoming friendly against Saudi Arabia on 14 November 2012.[31]

In May 2014, Di Santo was re-called to the Argentina national team, in the 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. BBC Sport called him a "surprise inclusion".[32] However, later that month, he was one of four players cut from a second provisional 26-man squad.[33]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup Football League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Chelsea Premier League 8 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 16 0
Total FC Chelsea 8 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 16 0
2009–10 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 22 1 1 0 1 0 24 1
Total Blackburn Rovers 22 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
2010–11 Wigan Athletic Premier League 25 1 2 0 2 0 29 1
2011–12 32 7 1 0 0 0 33 7
2012–13 35 5 0 0 0 0 35 5
Total Wigan Athletic 92 13 3 0 2 0 0 0 97 13
Germany League DFB Pokal DFL-Ligapokal Europe Total
2013-14 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 23 4 0 0 23 4
2014-15 10 6 1 1 11 7
Total Werder Bremen 33 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 34 11
Career total 155 24 8 1 4 0 3 0 163 25


As of 10 April 2013[34]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2012 1 0
2013 2 0
Total 3 0


Wigan Athletic


  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 120.  
  2. ^ Philippssen, Petra (15 August 2013). CRESPITO" WILL EIN GROSSER WERDE" ["CRESPITO" WILL BE A GREAT]"" (in German).  
  3. ^ "Franco Di Santo Biography". Franco Di Santo official website. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea snap up Argentine striker". BBC Sport. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "A Glorious Di Santo Hat-Trick". 15 April 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (31 August 2008). "Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chelsea given Cluj fright". Sky Sports. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chelsea 1-1 Southend". BBC Sport. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Dawkes, Phil (17 January 2009). "Chelsea 2–1 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Bevan, Chris (30 May 2009). "Chelsea 2-1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Hunter, Andy (15 June 2009). "Sam Allardyce seeks to sign the Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo on loan". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Rovers sign Di Santo". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 3 August 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Hughes, Ian (15 August 2009). "Blackburn 0-2 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (22 August 2009). "Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Mellor, Jason (26 September 2009). "Blackburn steal win over Aston Villa with late penalty". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Hughes, Ian (18 October 2009). "Blackburn 3 – 2 Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "Wigan complete £2m signing of Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo". Daily Mail (London). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  18. ^ Roopanarine, Les (11 September 2010). "Wigan 1-1 Sunderland".  
  19. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (18 September 2010). "Wigan 0-2 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Taylor, Louise (23 April 2011). "Jordan Henderson scores twice as Sunderland cruise past Wigan". The Observer. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  21. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (13 August 2011). "Wigan 1-1 Norwich". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Dawkes, Phil (27 August 2014). "Wigan 2-0 QPR". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  23. ^ Bagley, Emlyn (17 September 2011). "Everton 3-1 Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  24. ^ Monaghan, Matt (25 August 2012). "Southampton 0-2 Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  25. ^ McNulty, Phil (11 May 2013). "Man City 0-1 Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Premier League: Andrey Arshavin leads list of players released". BBC Sport. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Argentinian international for Werder". SV Werder Bremen. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "Borussia Dortmund vs SV Werder Bremen".  
  29. ^ "Mainz hold on for win".  
  31. ^ "Di Santo get surprise Argentina call-up". 31 October 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  32. ^ "World Cup 2014: Argentina leave out Carlos Tevez and Erik Lamela".  
  33. ^ "World Cup 2014: Di Santo dropped from Argentina squad".  
  34. ^ "di Santo, Franco". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.