Where is Julio Arca now?
A cult hero in the North-East after playing for both Middlesbrough and Sunderland, Julio Arca retired from playing professional football in 2013 at the age of 32.
Starting his pro career in 1998 with Argentinos Junior he went onto make a total of 398 appearances for just the three teams winning the League Championship with Sunderland in 2005.
During his time at Sunderland he captained the Argentina under-20’s side which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Although he didn’t win much team silverware he did win a number of individual awards during his time in England including Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year and Middlesbrough’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year awards.
After hanging up his boots Arca realised that he wasn’t ready to quit playing completely and joined a Sunday League side for two years before joining Northern League League 2 side South Shields where he enjoyed considerable success winning three promotions and three cup wins including the FA Vase before retiring for a second time in 2018.
During his time playing for South Shields he also started working towards completing his UEFA coaching badges and returned to former side Sunderland to assist with the coaching of their under-15’s side.
He now coaches at Back2Basics which is a soccer school based in the North-East.
Julio Arca: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Middlesbrough, Sunderland|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com