Álvaro Rafael González
|Full name||Álvaro Rafael González Luengo|
|Date of birth||29 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Álvaro Rafael González Luengo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo rafaˈel ɣonˈsales]; born 29 October 1984 in Montevideo), nickname "Tata" is a Uruguayan football Midfielder who currently plays for Lazio in the Italian Serie A. He normally plays as a central midfielder or right midfielder. The Uruguayan has also played as a right back for Lazio.
González started his career in 2003 with Defensor Sporting Club in Uruguay. He represented the side until 2007, playing 122 games with 8 goals in all competitions.
In August 2007, he was transferred to the giant club Boca Juniors. In the Argentine team he played till 2009 scoring one goal against Velez Sarsfield and winning the 2008 Apertura and the 2008 Recopa Sudamericana.
In August 2010, he signed a three-year contract with the Italian club Lazio. He made his Serie A debut on 22 September 2010 against Fiorentina. Alvaro Gonzalez scored his first Serie A goal vs Brescia and celebrated his goal by mimicking a phone call back to Uruguay by taking out his right boot.
2012–13 Season has seen Gonzalez as a protagonist in Lazio's coach Petkovic eyes where he had been among the most consistent and played players. Petkovic has played Gonzalez in numerous roles in the 2012–13 season, from defensive midfielder to right full back and right midfielder. Together with the national team, Alvaro Gonzalez has played over 50 games in the 2012–13 season proving his durability, consistency and also goal scoring where he managed to get on the score sheet in Serie A, Coppa Italia and in Europa League.
Statistics accurate as of match played 14 May 2013.
|Total Boca Juniors||34||1||0||0||12||0||2||0||38||1|
|Total Nacional Montevideo||26||3||0||0||8||0||1||0||35||3|
|Total S.S. Lazio||83||3||8||2||18||1||0||0||109||6|
In 2011, he won the Copa América playing four matches, including the final against Paraguay. He went on to represent the country at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and made 12 appearances during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
On 2 June 2014, he was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. He appeared as a second half substitute in the team's opening match – a 3–1 defeat to Costa Rica in Fortaleza.
|1||2 September 2011||Metalist Stadium, Ukraine||Ukraine||1–1||2–3 (W)||Friendly|
|2||14 August 2013||Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan||Japan||4–1||4–2 (W)||Friendly|
- Boca Juniors
- 2011 Copa América: Winner
- "PROFIL PEMAIN TATA GONZALEZ" (in Italian). fussballtransfers.com. 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- "Alvaro GONZALEZ". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
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