Diego Forlán

Diego Forlan (Uruguay) – 2010 Soccer – 2010 FIFA World Cup – South Africa vs. Uruguay (0-3) – June 16, 2010 – Loftus Versfield Stadium – Tshwane Pretoria, South Africa -Photo Credit: Insidefoto / PR Photos

Birth Name: Diego Martín Forlán Corazo

Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay

Date of Birth: 19 May, 1979

Ethnicity: Uruguayan [Italian, as well as Basque and Spanish]

Diego Forlán is a Uruguayan footballer and football manager. He is regarded as one of the greatest Uruguayan players of all time. A striker, he has played for Independiente, Manchester United, Villarreal, Atlético Madrid, Inter Milan, Internacional, Cerezo Osaka, Peñarol, Mumbai City, and Kitchee, and the Uruguay national team. He has managed Peñarol and Atenas.

Diego is the son of Pilar Corazo and Pablo Forlán (Pablo Justo Forlán Lamarque), who is also a professional footballer. Both his parents’ surnames are Italian. His surname literally means “from Friuli,” a region in North-East of Italy, and is usually spelled Furlan. Diego has also stated that one of his grandmothers was Basque. He is sometimes said to have Irish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Diego is married to Paz Cardoso, with whom he has three children.

Diego’s paternal grandfather was named Pablo Abel Forlán.

Diego’s paternal grandmohter was named María Mercedes Lamarque. María likely was of French-Basque descent.

Diego’s maternal grandfather was named Juan Carlos Corazzo. Juan Carlos was a professional footballer, and coach of the Uruguay national team.

Diego’s maternal grandmother was surnamed Duaso. The name Duaso is Spanish.

Source: Genealogy of Diego Forlán – https://www.geni.com

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    He is reported as having Irish roots, though there’s no evidence of it.

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