Mariano González

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Mariano González
Personal information
Full name Mariano Nicolás González
Date of birth (1981-05-05) 5 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Tandil, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Estudiantes
Number 8
Youth career
Bambinos
Independiente
1998–2001 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Racing Club 64 (14)
2004–2008 Palermo 51 (4)
2006–2007 Inter (loan) 14 (0)
2007–2008 Porto (loan) 21 (2)
2008–2011 Porto 52 (5)
2011– Estudiantes 33 (2)
2013 Arsenal Sarandí (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2003–2008 Argentina 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mariano Nicolás González (born 5 May 1981) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Estudiantes de La Plata as an attacking midfielder or a winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Tandil, Buenos Aires, González started his career at Racing Club de Avellaneda, arriving at 17 from neighbouring Club Atlético Independiente. He made his professional debuts at 21 under legendary Osvaldo Ardiles, and went on to appear in 64 top division matches, notably scoring the 4–3 winner against Boca Juniors.

In 2004 González left for Italy, signing with Serie A side U.S. Città di Palermo and going on to feature regularly during two seasons, especially the second. For the 2006–07 campaign he was loaned to Inter Milan, where he failed to break into the starting lineup, barred by the likes of Luís Figo and Dejan Stanković. Later, Inter opted not to renew the loan deal, and Palermo subsequently accepted a similar request by F.C. Porto on 17 July 2007.[1]

After Ricardo Quaresma's sale to precisely Inter, González was acquired on a permanent basis by the Portuguese, for 3,25 million, rejoining former Palermo teammate (and countryman) Ernesto Farías, and began to feature more prominently, notabling scoring in the last minute to level it 2–2 at Manchester United, for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals,[2] while also being an important part of the northerners' back-to-back league conquests (he also won the competition while on loan).

After the 2010–11 season finished, González was released by Porto and joined Estudiantes de La Plata on a free transfer.

International career[edit]

González won his first cap for Argentina in 2003, under Marcelo Bielsa. The following year he was summoned for the Copa América as the nation finished second, and also played olympic football at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning gold.[3]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Inter
Porto

Country[edit]

Personal life[edit]

González's younger brother, Pablo, is also a footballer. A striker, he too started his career at Racing Club, and spent several seasons in Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gonzalez in prestito al Porto" [González loaned to Porto] (in Italian). Palermo's official website. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Mariano sends Porto confidence soaring". UEFA.com. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Mariano GonzálezFIFA competition record

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