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Walter Gerardo Pandiani Urquiza (born April 27, 1976) is an Uruguayanmarker footballer who plays for CA Osasuna, as a striker.

Nicknamed "El Rifle", his best assets are his strength and aerial ability.

Club career

Born in Montevideomarker, Pandiani started his career with local C.A. Progreso, moving on to Basañez and C.A. Peñarol, the latter also in the country's capital, before signing with Deportivo de La Coruña in 2000. Never an undisputed starter in Galiciamarker, he was one of the team's most important offensive elements, often scoring as a substitute (he netted 13 in the 2003–04 season).

Pandiani, who had a successful loan stint at RCD Mallorca while still at Depor, moved to Birmingham City F.C. in the Premier League, also on loan, in January 2005, after a series of run-ins with then coach, Javier Irureta. He scored a goal on his debut against Southampton F.C. in a 2–1 win, and went on to score three more in the season, prompting manager Steve Bruce to sign him on a permanent contract for a fee reported as £3 million.

Failing to continue to display his previous form, Pandiani returned to Spain on January 13, 2006, after completing a move to RCD Espanyol for £1m. During his first full season, he netted seven league goals, while also being instrumental in the Catalanmarker's UEFA Cup runner-up campaign, as he led the competition's goal charts.

For 2007–08, Pandiani joined CA Osasuna. Scarcely used in his first year, he was instrumental for the Navarresemarker in the following campaign, especially after the arrival, in mid-October, of coach José Antonio Camacho, finishing as the club's topscorer.

International career

Despite his relatively successful career in Spain, Pandiani only received four caps for Uruguay, the first coming on March 28, 2001, in a 2002 World Cup qualifier against Paraguay, a 0–1 home defeat.



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