Carlos Alberto Gamarra Pavón
(born February 17, 1971 in Ypacarai
) is a former football
player. He captained
the Paraguay national team
at international level, playing at Centre back
, and is the most capped player in Paraguayan football history, having made 110 international appearances and scoring 12 goals.
Gamarra is known for his leadership, heading and outstanding tackling skills, making him one of the most respected defenders in South America.
Gamarra began his club career playing for Cerro Porteño
in his home country in 1991, and went on to win the Paraguayan national championship with Cerro in 1992. He moved to Independiente
for the 1992-1993 football season in Argentina
, but stayed only briefly before moving back to Cerro Porteño.
In 1995, Gamarra joined Internacional
, where his profile grew, eventually resulting in the naming of him as Paraguayan Footballer of the Year
in 1997 by the Paraguayan newspaper Diario ABC Color
(an achievement which Gamarra repeated in 1998). He moved to S.L. Benfica
for the Portuguese
1997-1998 season, before returning to Brazil, this time with SC Corinthians
, where he won Serie A Brazilian Championship in 1998.
After finishing the 1999 Brazilian football season with Corinthians, he moved to the Spanish league
, playing for Atlético Madrid
. Atlético were relegated in 2000, and Gamarra briefly moved back to Brazil, this time joining CR Flamengo
. The 2001-2002 season was... Read More