Álvaro Rafael González

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Alvaro González
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Personal information
Full name Álvaro Rafael González Luengo
Date of birth (1984-10-29) 29 October 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Defensor Sporting 47 (4)
2007–2009 Boca Juniors 33 (1)
2009–2010 Nacional 37 (3)
2010– Lazio 110 (4)
National team
2006– Uruguay 49 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Álvaro Rafael González Luengo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo rafaˈel ɣonˈsales]; born 29 October 1984 in Montevideo), nickname "Tata"[1] 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.

Club career[edit]

Defensor[edit]

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.

Boca Juniors[edit]

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.

Nacional[edit]

In 2009 he returned to Uruguay but now playing for the well known club Nacional.

Lazio[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 October 2014.

Club Season League Cup South America
Europe
Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2007–08 27 1 0 0 7 0 2 0 36 1
2008–09 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 12 0
Total Boca Juniors 34 1 0 0 12 0 2 0 48 1
Nacional Montevideo 2009–10 26 3 0 0 8 0 1 0 35 3
Total Nacional Montevideo 26 3 0 0 8 0 1 0 35 3
S.S. Lazio 2010–11 19 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 22 2
2011–12 31 1 2 0 7 0 0 0 40 1
2012–13 34 1 4 1 11 1 0 0 49 3
2013–14 25 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 30 1
2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total S.S. Lazio 110 4 10 2 22 1 0 0 142 7
Career total 170 8 10 2 42 1 3 0 225 11

International career[edit]

González (left) celebrating with Luis Suárez a goal against England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

González has won 49 caps for the Uruguay national football team. His debut for La Celeste came against Romania in May 2006.[2]

After playing for the team during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, he was omitted from the squad which went on the finish fourth in the tournament finals.[2]

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.[2]

On 2 June 2014, he was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.[3] He appeared as a second half substitute in the team's opening match – a 3–1 defeat to Costa Rica in Fortaleza.[4]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 2011 Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–1 2–3 (W) Friendly
2 14 August 2013 Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan  Japan 4–1 4–2 (W) Friendly
3 18 November 2014 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Chile 2–1 2–1 (W) Friendly

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Boca Juniors
Lazio

International[edit]

Uruguay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PROFIL PEMAIN TATA GONZALEZ" (in Italian). fussballtransfers.com. 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alvaro GONZALEZ". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

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