Justo Villar

Justo Villar

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Justo Wilmar Villar Viveros (born 30 June 1977) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina as a goalkeeper.

A Paraguayan international on nearly 100 occasions, he represented the nation in three World Cups and five Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Born in Cerrito, Ñeembucú Department, Villar started his career at Club Sol de América, where he was coached by legendary Ever Hugo Almeida, also a goalkeeper, as the side also included another famed player in that position as the keepers' coach, Modesto Sandoval.

In 2001, he moved to bigger club Club Libertad, where he was reunited with Sandoval; at the club, he won back-to-back national championships, in 2002 and 2003, signing the following year with Argentina's Newell's Old Boys.

As an undisputed starter, Villar helped Newell's to the 2004 Apertura championship, also being considered by the press as the Goalkeeper of the Year; previously, he had won the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year award (2004).

In January 2008, terms were agreed upon between Newell's and Real Valladolid of Spain for Villar's transfer, effective in the summer. On July 14, he was officially presented by his new team; due to starter Sergio Asenjo's injury, he was able to appear in 15 La Liga matches in his first year.

During 2009–10, Villar constantly battled for first-choice status with Jacobo, appearing in 23 games as Valladolid returned to level two after a three-year stay. He was released in June 2011 at the age...
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