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Julio Andres Arca (born 31 January 1981 in Quilmes) is an Argentine footballer, currently playing for Middlesbrough. Arca is also a former Argentine Under-21 captain. He is a left back or midfield enforcer. An attack minded player, his key attributes are dribbling, and hard work.
Sunderland's manager, Peter Reid, signed Arca in 2000 from Argentinos Juniors with a 3.5 million five-year deal, while holding off competition from Newcastle United and Leeds United. He was an immediate success, scoring on his debut at the Stadium of Light against West Ham United. Peter Reid spotted him in an Under 21s match playing against England at Craven Cottage and tracked him until completing the signing in July 2000.
Arca played for his previous club and national team at left back, but was successfully converted to left midfield by Reid. Arca was Reid's most expensive signing of that summer and was then second only behind Stefan Schwarz as the club's record buy. The youngster was tipped for the brightest of futures and full international honours in the near future.
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