Federico Arias

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Federico Arias is a former Argentinian winger who was born on April 24th 1979 in Rosario, Argentina. Nicknamed ‘Torpedo’ due to his rapid pace, Arias began his career with Rosario Central, making a name for himself during the late 1990s. He moved to Velez Sarsfield in 2002, but struggled to nail down a regular starting spot.

Arias signed for Southampton on loan in January 2003. He was recommended to manager Gordon Strachan by chief scout Terry Cooper. Arias didn’t impress in training and failed to make a single first team appearance. He returned home after five outings for Saints reserves.

Arias played a bit part role in Velez Sarsfield’s 2005 title winning season. He then joined Quilmes for a brief unremarkable stint. In 2006 Arias joined Belgrano de Cordoba, who he helped win promotion to the Argentinian Premier Division.

Arias was sent packing by Belgrano before he could compete in the top flight again. He joined Peruvian outfit Sporting Cristal, but scored just twice in a disappointing mid-table finish. Arias then moved to divisional rivals Coronel Bolognesi in early 2007. The Argentinian could do nothing to prevent their relegation to Peru’s 2nd division.

Arias spent 2007/08 with Martina Franca, an Italian C1/B side. He was released from his contract at the end of the season before joining Chilean strugglers Deportivo Melipilla. Arias didn’t last long there either. He had short spells with Venezuelan’s Yaracuyanos in 2009 and Argentina’s Tiro Federal. After having failed trials with Newcastle Jets, Arias closed out his career with Aldosivi in 2010. His whereabouts since are unknown.