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Otamendi

12-02-1988
Argentinian
1.84m
82kg

Defender

The master of anticipation

Otamendi arrived at FC Porto in August 2010, but it seems like he always played with this jersey. Not especially tall, not especially fast, Otamendi's uncanny capability to read the game and anticipate moves makes him one of the best central defenders in European football today. Shy and reserved, the big matches is where you can see the versatility of a defender that commits few fouls and that has a capacity to anticipate what’s to come only possible in a player with nerves of steel who doesn’t feel intimidated, regardless of the opponent.

Formed at Vélez Sarsfield, Otamendi travelled to Europe in the summer of 2010, after playing for Argentina in the World Cup in South Africa. At FC Porto, he won everything there was to win internally and one Europa League, showing the competitiveness of a player that had a short career in boxing, where he learned the art of feinting, allowing him to disarm his opponents from nowhere and passing the ball to his team mates on the offence. FC Porto has a long tradition of central defenders with great quality and Otamendi is another player to add to the list of players of great international level, who contribute to win trophies.

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