Erik Lamela

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Erik Lamela
With Tottenham Hotspur in 2013
Personal information
Full name Erik Manuel Lamela
Date of birth (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger[2]
Club information
Current club Tottenham Hotspur
Number 11
Youth career
River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 River Plate 37 (4)
2011–2013 Roma 62 (19)
2013– Tottenham Hotspur 9 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Argentina U20 4 (3)
2011– Argentina 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2013

Erik Manuel Lamela (born 4 March 1992) is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Tottenham Hotspur and the Argentina national team. He is known for his exceptional dribbling ability and pace and is nicknamed Coco.[3]

Early life[edit]

After joining River Plate as a seven-year-old Barcelona reportedly offered Lamela and his family £100,000 a year, as well as a house and employment for his parents, to move to Barcelona, in a similar deal to the one that saw Lionel Messi move to Spain as a youngster.[4] In 2004, a Trans World Sport film crew travelled to Argentina to interview a 12-year-old Lamela who was already making headlines after scoring 120 goals for River Plate's youth side the previous season. In the video, Lamela declares his wish to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona and win a World Cup for Argentina.[5]

Club career[edit]

River Plate[edit]

Lamela made his first team debut for Club Atlético River Plate on 14 June 2009 in a game against Tigre for the 2009 Clausura tournament. He entered the field on the 80th minute, substituting Robert Flores. Lamela scored his first goal for River on 5 December 2010 in a match against Colón for the Apertura tournament. He scored his second goal against Lanús in the final fixture of that Apertura, helping River win the match 4–1.

The midfielder was a regular starter for River during the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season, playing 34 games and scoring four goals.[6] He helped his team to finish in an overall sixth place that would have qualified them for the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. Due to the relegation format of the Argentine Primera that accounts a team's last three seasons, however, River was relegated after losing a playoff with Belgrano.


2011–12 season[edit]

On 6 August 2011, Lamela joined Italian Serie A club Roma for a fee €12 million, plus €2 million in bonuses, which was activated after his 20th club appearance.[7] Roma also paid an additional €3.2 million to Orel B.V.[8] — plus 10% added value if the player is later sold above €12 million — and €3.06 million in the form of taxes to the Government of Argentina. Lamela signed a 5-year contract worth €1.8 million in gross in the first season, but would gradually increased €350,000 on 1 July 2012 (to €2.15M), 2014 (€2.5M) and 2015 (€2.85M).[7] On 23 October 2011, he scored his first goal in Serie A against Palermo.[9] Later, he scored goals against Lecce,[10] Novara,[11] and Cesena.[12] Lamela ended his first season at the Stadio Olimpico with six goals in 31 games in all competitions.

2012–13 season[edit]

Lamela began the 2012–13 season well, his first goal of the season coming against Bologna on 16 September 2012. Lamela hit a superb patch of form in October and early November, scoring seven goals in six games, including a brace against Udinese in a 3–2 home defeat and goals against Atalanta, Genoa, Parma, and Palermo. He also scored a goal in the Derby della Capitale against Lazio. After almost a month out with an ankle ligament injury, he returned to the field and scored a brace against Milan in a 4–2 victory on 22 December.[13]

Lamela went on to score 15 times in 33 games, putting him joint-fifth in Serie A and second to striker Pablo Osvaldo (16 goals) at Roma.[14] Lamela's and Roma's season, however, ended in heartache with defeat to Rome rivals Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, coupled with finishing sixth in Serie A, meaning that Roma would not play European football for the second consecutive season.[15]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur completed the transfer of Lamela from Roma,[16] for a deal worth an initial £25.8 million, plus up to £4.2 million in bonus payments.[17] The fee for Lamela made him the club's record transfer fee, breaking the two previous records that had been set earlier in the transfer window, first for Paulinho and then Roberto Soldado.[18] On 1 September, he made his debut in the North London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with Lamela coming on as a substitute to replace winger Andros Townsend in the 75th minute of the match, in a match which Arsenal won 1–0.[19] He then came on as a substitute against Cardiff City and assisted in a last minute goal, scored by Paulinho. Lamela scored his first goal for Tottenham on 7 November 2013 against Sheriff Tiraspol and later went on to win Tottenham a penalty. He won man of the match in that game.

International career[edit]

Lamela took part at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Argentina national under-20 team and scored three goals in four matches.[20]

He made his debut with the Argentina national team on 25 May 2011 in a friendly game against Paraguay.[21]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 31 December 2013[22]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2008–09 1 0 1 0
2009–10 1 0 1 0
2010–11 34 4 34 4
Total 36 4 0 0 0 0 36 4
Roma 2011–12 29 4 2 2 31 6
2012–13 33 15 2 0 35 15
Total 62 19 4 2 0 0 66 21
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 9 0 2 0 6 1 17 1
Total 9 0 2 0 6 1 17 1
Career total 107 23 6 2 6 1 119 26





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  2. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur Profile". Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "¡A Lamela!" (in Spanish). 12 June 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tottenham's Erik Lamela spurned Barcelona as a child". Express. Express. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "12-year-old Erik Lamela on Trans World Sport". YouTube. Youtube. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profile". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Acquisizione a titolo definitivo dei diritti alle prestazioni sportive del calciatore Erik Manuel Lamela" (in Italian). Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Relazione Finanziaria annuale al 30 giugno 2012" (in Italian). AS Roma. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "AS Roma 1-0 Palermo". ESPN. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lecce 4-2 AS Roma". ESPN. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Europe close in on AS Roma". ESPN. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "De Rossi earns win". ESPN. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Roma 4-2 AC Milan: Ragged Rossoneri leave it too late against 10-man Giallorossi". 22 December 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Italian Serie A Goal Scoring Leaders – 2012–13". ESPN. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Roma 0-1 Lazio: Biancocelesti edge dour derby to claim Coppa Italia". 26 May 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "We are delighted to announce that we've reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Erik Lamela: Tottenham confirm the signing of Roma forward". BBC Sport. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Tottenham seal £30m Lamela deal to complete hat-trick of club record transfers". Daily Mail. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Magowan, Alistair (1 September 2013). "Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Erik Lamlea". FIFA. FIFA. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Argentina vs. Paraguay 4 - 2". SoccerWay. SoccerWay. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Erik Lamela". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 

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