Yesterday Nery Cardozo posted cryptically on his facebook wall “Tomorrow I travel to Europe…I hope it is what God wants and that everything goes well”. Today his club Rubio Ñu confirmed that the striker’s destination is Norway, he will join Viking FK on loan the length still undetermined in a deal thought to be brokered by club president Ruben Ruiz Diaz personally. Paraguay Football has done a brief report card on the 22-year-old striker who is thought to be the first ever Paraguayan to play in Norway.
Name: Nery Cardozo
D.o.b: 26 May 1989
Height: 1.80 metres
Weight: 77 kilos
Former Clubs: Rubio Ñu
A product of Rubio Ñu’s excellent youth system Cardozo is a strong striker with a good eye for goal and ability to score with both feet. He has a precise shot from distance which is his trademark but often scores with his head due to his strength and good aerial awareness. Very good close control. Cardozo can play as a solitary striker and has the ability to hold up the ball. Below his most recent goal against Olimpia (the first goal) and you can check some previous goals here and here.
Although the striker was sent off in the previous game for an elbow it has been widely accepted, by his opponent too, that it was accidental. In general Cardozo has had no disciplinary problems.
Apertura 2012 – Apps 1 Goals 1
Clausura 2011 – Apps 16(1) Goals 6
Apertura 2011 – Apps 8 (7) Goals 4
Clausura 2010 – Apps 15 (4) Goals 6
By Ralph Hannah
NOTE: Please do not confuse our Nery Cardozo with Neri Cardozo of Argentina, formerly of Boca Juniors and now Monterrey