|Full name||Christian Gustavo Bassedas|
|Date of birth||16 February 1973|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Sweeper|
|2002||→ Tenerife (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Christian Gustavo Bassedas (born 16 February 1973) is an Argentine former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Bassedas is most notable for his spell at Vélez Sársfield, where he made 267 appearances for the club, giving him the eleventh most appearances in their history.
Bassedas is a product of Vélez Sársfield youth divisions, club where he debuted professionally on 3 March 1991. He played as a sweeper (libero), and was an important part of Vélez most successful years during the 1990s. He won four national championships with the club, and five international (including the 1994 Intercontinental Cup, where he was a starter in the 2-0 victory over A.C. Milan).
In 2000, he joined English FA Premier League club Newcastle United for £3,500,000. He played for them in the period 2000–2003, though on loan to Tenerife briefly during the 2001–02 season. He scored once in the league for Newcastle in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea in January 2001.
Bassedas played for the Argentine national team during the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, but was not part of the squad for the World Cup. He also won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics and a gold medal at the 1995 Pan Americans, where he captained the team.
At the end of 2008, Bassedas was appointed as sports consultant of Vélez Sársfield of the Argentine Primera División. His first order of business was to recommend Ricardo Gareca to fill the coaching spot. He was also essential in the negotiations to bring Maximiliano Moralez, Sebastián Domínguez and Joaquín Larrivey to the club. In his first season with the club, Vélez won the Clausura 09.
In November 2015, he was appointed as manager of Vélez Sársfield. He resigned in September 2016, after a 0-3 loss against Racing Club, citing the violent reaction Vélez supporters as his reason for leaving.
Argentina national team
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