Gustavo Varela

Gustavo Varela
Personal information
Full name Gustavo Antonio Varela Rodríguez
Date of birth (1978-05-14) 14 May 1978
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Nacional 118 (28)
2002–2009 FC Schalke 04 82 (8)
2003 FC Schalke 04 II 4 (2)
2009–2011 Nacional 20 (9)
2010–2011Quilmes (loan) 21 (0)
2011–2012 Cerro 21 (1)
2013–2014 Cerro 22 (0)
National team
2000–2006 Uruguay 24 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:52, 11 November 2015 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:53, 19 December 2010 (UTC)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Varela and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.

Gustavo Antonio Varela Rodríguez (born 14 May 1978) is a Uruguayan football player who currently plays for C.A. Cerro. Varela is a versatile right sided player who also "can be played as a lone striker, behind the front two" or at the heart of midfield.[2]


Varela started his career in Nacional in Uruguay, and played between 2002 and 2008 for FC Schalke 04 in Germany. After his contract with Schalke 04 expired in January 2009, Varela returned to Nacional.[3]

Varela transferred to Argentina to play for recently promoted Quilmes in the 2010-11 Argentine Primera División season.[4]

International career

Varela made 24 appearances for the Uruguay national football team,[5] and was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[6]


  1. "Player Profile". Club Atletico Cerro. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  2. "Player Profile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  3. ""Heimweh" in Uruguay: Zu Besuch bei Darío Rodríguez und Gustavo Varela" ["Homesick" in Uruguay: Visiting Darío Rodríguez and Gustavo Varela] (in German). FC Schalke 04. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  4. "Morales y Varela llegan a Quilmes". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 18 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  5. Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando (1 May 2009). "Uruguay - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  6. Gustavo VarelaFIFA competition record

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