Mauro Airez

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Mauro Airez
Personal information
Full name Mauro Gabriel Airez
Date of birth (1968-10-26) 26 October 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1987 Gimnasia La Plata
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Gimnasia La Plata 54 (8)
1989–1990 Argentinos Juniors 27 (7)
1990–1991 Independiente 14 (1)
1991 Bari
1992–1995 Belenenses 118 (32)
1996–1997 Benfica 27 (0)
1997–1998 Estrela da Amadora 14 (1)
1998–1999 Estoril-Praia 9 (0)
Total 263 (49)
National team
1988 Argentina Olympic 3 (0)
1989–1990 Argentina 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mauro Gabriel Airez (born 26 October 1968) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker.

He participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics, and later appeared for the Argentina national team.

Club career[edit]

Airez was born in Buenos Aires, and arrived at Gimnasia La Plata at age 18, competing briefly for the youth ranks, before debuting for the main team, helping the achieve a fifth place in the 1987–88 season and adding over 50 league games in two seasons, reaching the national olympic team.[1]

In 1889, he moved to Argentinos Juniors, staying just one season, reaching the Argentina national team, playing alongside Maradona, Simeone or Redondo. In 1991, he had a short stint at Independiente, before moving to Italian side, Bari, a year later.[1][2]

Without competing in the Biancorossi, Bari intended to ship him Portugal, so he asked Héctor Yazalde for advice, and he promptly told him he should do it. His first season in the Belém side was in the second tier, scoring a career best eleven goals.[2]

Following six seasons, the 27-year-old joined Benfica in December 1995, debuting on 12 January 1996, appearing sporadically in the 18 months he spent there, acting as second choice to players like Donizete or Valdir; his biggest achievement arrived in the 1996 Taça de Portugal Final, with Benfica defeating Sporting CP by 3–1, and Aírez scoring the opener.[1][2]

In 1997, he moved to Estrela da Amadora, helping the side finish eight place in 1997–98 season, ending his career a year later, at Estoril-Praia, aged 31.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e Hugo Tavares da Silva (10 April 2018). "Lembra-se de Mauro Airez? Do Benfica ao cinema numa cambalhota" [Remember Mauro Airez? From Benfica to the movies in a somersault]. TSF (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Rui Marques Simões (16 July 2017). "Mauro Airez: O goleador que ilumina agora o palco para outros brilharem" [Mauro Airez: The goalscorer who illuminates the stage so others can shine]. Diário de Noticias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 June 2018. 

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