Julio Arca is a former Argentinos Juniors, Sunderland and Middlesbrough left midfielder. He also represented, and captained Argentina at international level, including leading the Argentina Under 20’s to World Cup success in 2001.

Arriving in the North East of England in the summer of 2000, teenager Julio quickly established himself in the Sunderland side and was instrumental in helping Sunderland finish seventh, the clubs highest ever finish in the Premier League.

Despite the club’s fortunes fluctuating, the form of Arca was consistent throughout. His energy, crossing, passing ability and versatility in playing both left back and left midfield, allowed him to become a firm favourite with the Sunderland supporters.

In the summer of 2006, with Sunderland having been relegated, Julio made the short journey south to sign for Middlesbrough. With experience added to his ability, it was no surprise that he was made captain of Middlesbrough in 2008. Despite problematic injuries Julio continued to impress whilst at ‘Boro. This recognised with him voted Player of the Year by both fans and his team mates at the end of the 2010/2011 season.

Unfortunately, an injury to his foot meant that Julio was unable to play at the highest level and he, in 2013, decided to retire from professional football.


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