Diego Lugano

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Diego Lugano
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Lugano with Uruguay in 2014
Personal information
Full name Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena
Date of birth (1980-11-02) 2 November 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Canelones, Uruguay
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
BK Häcken
Number 2
Youth career
0000–1999 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Nacional 13 (0)
2001–2002 Plaza Colonia (loan) 46 (4)
2003–2006 São Paulo 96 (8)
2006–2011 Fenerbahçe 125 (21)
2011–2013 Paris Saint-Germain 12 (0)
2013 Málaga (loan) 11 (0)
2013–2014 West Bromwich Albion 9 (1)
2015– BK Häcken 0 (0)
National team
2003– Uruguay 95 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2014

Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo luˈɣano]; (born 2 November 1980) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Allsvenskan side BK Häcken and for the Uruguayan national team as a central defender.

Nicknamed Tota, Lugano has previously played for Plaza Colonia, Club Nacional de Football, São Paulo FC, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Málaga CF and West Bromwich Albion. He was also the captain of the Uruguay national football team, and was selected the best captain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born to Alfredo Lugano and Diana Morena in Canelones, Canelones Department,[3] Lugano started playing football for his hometown club Club Atlético Libertad, like his father Alfredo. In December 1998, he played his first match with the first-team squad of Libertad, becoming league champions with the club at the age of 18-years-old. From Libertad, in 1999, Lugano transferred to Club Nacional de Football in Montevideo. Three few years later, Lugano was loaned out to Plaza Colonia for the duration of the playing season.

São Paulo[edit]

Lugano came to São Paulo FC in 2003. He was contracted by club President Marcelo Portugal Gouveia without consulting the head coach Oswaldo de Oliveira. President Gouveia's actions led to the ascribing of the nickname "Homem do Presidente" ("President's Man") to Lugano.[4] After Oswaldo de Oliveira left the club in late 2003, Lugano started playing matches more frequently. In 2005, he led the team to titles in the Campeonato Paulista, the Copa Libertadores, and the FIFA Club World Championship in Japan. That same year, Lugano was recognized as South America's best defender. His leadership skills[5] and his willingness to fight for ball possession[6] have raised his profile amongst São Paulo's supporters, where he is still highly regarded.[7] Lugano has also mentioned that he still maintains a good relationship with the club.[8] In 2006, he helped his club to the runner-up stage of the Copa Libertadores.


Lugano playing for Fenerbahçe

Lugano joined Fenerbahçe on 21 August 2006 for a reported transfer fee of €7.5 million,[9] where he signed a 3-and-a-half-year contract with the Turkish club. He and former teammate Edu Dracena's powerful defensive abilities helped Fenerbahçe win the league during the club's 100th anniversary year.

Lugano is notorious for his presence in attack, as was shown with his scored goals from headers from dead ball situations and support of the forward line. He became a fan favourite with his defensive tenacity and his spectacular play from free kick situations. Following a red card, he was suspended for five weeks after the derby match against Galatasaray during the 2008–09 season when he clashed with Emre Aşık on 12 April 2009 at Ali Sami Yen Stadium.[10] Since then, he has a strong connection with supporters, especially with the Genç Fenerbahçeliler.[11][12] He was one of the captains of the team. He signed a new four-year contract in 2009 with Fenerbahçe.[13]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 27 August 2011, Fenerbahçe announced Lugano was leaving the club to join Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1 for a fee worth €3 million.[14][15] His first season in France, however, ended poorly and Lugano made just 12 appearances, mostly being cut out of the side due to injury and poor form.[16]


On 21 January 2013, Lugano signed with Spanish side Málaga CF until 30 June on loan. As he was not in PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti's plans, Lugano was not inscribed in the Champions League for that season; this way, he was not cup tied for his new club and represented Málaga in their European ambitions.[17] He returned to PSG on 1 July 2013, with Málaga failing to make the loan move permanent.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 2 August 2013, Lugano joined Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on a two-year contract.[18] He scored his first goal for West Brom on 20 January 2014, heading in an equalizer in a 1-1 home draw with Everton.[19]

On 17 May 2014, West Bromwich announced the release of five players of their squad, including Lugano.[20]

BK Häcken[edit]

On 26 March 2015, Lugano signed for Swedish side BK Häcken on a short term contract until the summer. Lugano became one of the most merited player to ever play in the Swedish top league.

International Career[edit]

Lugano in action against Austria in 2014

Lugano's first official call up for Uruguay was in November 2004 under coach Jorge Fossati, whilst he played for São Paulo FC, to play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Paraguay.[21] Prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lugano was named team captain of La Celeste, having been given the armband for the first time against England in 2006. He led Uruguay to an impressive fourth-placed finish. Lugano also captained Uruguay to victory at the 2011 Copa América, playing in all six games for the eventual champions.[22] On 2 September 2011, Lugano scored a goal as Uruguay defeated Ukraine 3–2 in an international friendly away in Kharkiv. In his next call up to the national side, on 7 October 2011, Lugano netted a brace in Uruguay's 4–2 defeat of Bolivia in World Cup qualifying.[23] On 20 June 2013, Lugano scored his ninth goal for Uruguay against Nigeria in a 2–1 win at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where the nation eventually finished in fourth place. He also participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, playing in his first and only game of the tournament as the captain against Costa Rica on 14 June 2014, where Uruguay lost 1-3. After the tournament ended, Lugano was not called for any future games for Uruguay.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Uruguay's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 June 2008 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Venezuela 1–0 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 October 2008 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 1–2 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 28 March 2009 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Paraguay 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 15 November 2009 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San Juan de Tibás, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 29 March 2011 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–0 3–2 Friendly
6. 2 September 2011 Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 2–2 3–2 Friendly
7. 7 October 2011 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Bolivia 2–1 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 4–1
9. 20 June 2013 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Nigeria 1–0 2–1 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
As of 20 June 2013.[24]



São Paulo



Personal life[edit]

Lugano is married to Karina Roncio and has three children: Nicolás, Thiago, and Bianca. Nicolás, the oldest child, plays for Fenerbahçe youth teams.[25][26] Thiago and Bianca were born in Istanbul.[27][28] He has cited the defenders Hugo de León and Paolo Montero as his personal football heroes.[29]


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  14. ^ Uruguay captain Diego Lugano leaves Fenerbahce to join PSG
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  17. ^ Lugano frustra brasileiros e acerta com Málaga até junho (in Portuguese)
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  19. ^ "Lugano lifts beleaguered Baggies". ESPN. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Lugano 3.kez baba oldu" [Lugano became father third time] (in Turkish). Fenerbahce.org. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
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