Walter Samuel

2010 Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup - Argentina vs. South Korea (4-1) - June 17, 2010

Samuel in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: Walter Adrián Luján

Place of Birth: Laborde, Argentina

Date of Birth: 23 March, 1978

Ethnicity: Argentinian [Spanish, possibly other]

Walter Samuel, full name Walter Adrián Samuel, is an Argentinian professional footballer. A centre-back, he played for Newell’s Old Boys, Boca Juniors, Roma, Real Madrid, Internazionale, and Basel, and for the Argentinian national team.

His mother’s name is Gladys. Walter’s surname, Luján, is Spanish, and he almost certainly has Spanish ancestry. Samuel is the surname of his stepfather Oscar Samuel.

Walter is described in many websites as having Jewish roots, more specifically from his mother’s side. It is not clear if this is accurate. Walter’s mother has stated that she watches his games with a statue of the Virgin Mary, which makes it likely that Walter’s mother is Catholic by religion. Walter was married in a Catholic ceremony.

Like many people from Argentina, it is possible that he also has some Italian ancestry.

Walter is married to Cecilia, with whom he has three children.

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    I think he’s listed as Jewish on various websites because of the homonymy with this man:,_2nd_Viscount_Bearsted

  2. blue says:

    are you mexican Andrew ? where are you from ? because you no know nothing about Spain.

    Very dificult to prove that you were living in Spain those days.

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