Gonzalo de los Santos

Gonzalo de los Santos

De los Santos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo de los Santos da Rosa
Date of birth (1976-07-19) 19 July 1976
Place of birth Salto, Uruguay
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Peñarol 62 (5)
1997–1998 Mérida 31 (2)
1998–2001 Málaga 86 (6)
2001–2006 Valencia 31 (2)
2003–2004Atlético Madrid (loan) 32 (3)
2005Mallorca (loan) 16 (0)
2006–2008 Hércules 46 (1)
2008–2010 Peñarol 25 (0)
Total 329 (19)
National team
1996–2005 Uruguay 33 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Miramar Misiones

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is De los Santos and the second or maternal family name is Da Rosa.

Gonzalo de los Santos da Rosa (born 19 July 1976) is an Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and a current coach.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Spain, playing nearly 300 official matches for six teams over 11 seasons – 179 in La Liga alone, being crowned champion with Valencia – but started and finished it at the same club, Peñarol.

De los Santos gained 33 caps for Uruguay, and represented the nation at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career

De los Santos was born in Salto. After winning three consecutive Uruguayan leagues with C.A. Peñarol he moved to Spain, representing CP Mérida, Málaga CF (achieving La Liga promotion in 1999[1]), Valencia CF – appearing in 13 matches for the 2002 league championsAtlético Madrid and RCD Mallorca; at the latter club, he reunited with former Valencia teammate Jorge López, who had also been loaned shortly before.

For the 2006–07 campaign, after having spent one year in the sidelines, de los Santos joined Segunda División side Hércules CF. After two seasons where he was relatively used, he returned to Peñarol on 29 July 2008,[2] retiring from football two years later at the age of 34.

International career

An Uruguayan international for nine years, de los Santos was selected for the squad that appeared in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, featuring 20 minutes in the 0–0 group stage draw with France.[3] He also represented the nation at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia, playing in four games as Uruguay finished in fourth position.


  1. "El nuevo Málaga cumple los 20 años en Champions" [New Málaga celebrates 20 years in Champions] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. "Peñarol ficha a De los Santos" [Peñarol signs De los Santos] (in Spanish). Uruguay Al Día. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  3. "France face anxious wait". BBC Sport. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
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