|Full name||Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez|
|Date of birth||21 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Paysandú, Uruguay|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 October 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Lodeiro was born in 1989 in Paysandú, which borders Argentina. It was here that he made his first steps as a footballer in the youth sides of local club Barrio Obrero. It wasn't too long before his talent was recognised by a local scout called Daniel López who nurtured him to play for the youth team at Nacional Montevideo aged only 14 years old.
Four years later, at the age of 18, Lodeiro made his debut for the Nacional first team against Fénix on 19 August 2007. Later on in the year he also scored his first senior goal and it was clear to see that in Lodeiro, there was a new star in the making.
A year later, Lodeiro continued to make progress, securing more playing time and even scored against River Plate in the Pre-Libertadores playoff. But 2009 was the year that Lodeiro really began to make progress. His three goals and several assists in the Copa Libertadores helped Nacional to reach the semi finals of the tournament. In April 2009 he was named 58th highest scorer in the world by the IFFHS following his performance in the Copa Libertadores
Lodeiro played a vital role for Nacional in the 2008/2009 Copa Libertadores, which saw Nacional reach the Semi-finals. From then on, Lodeiro has been considered one of the best youth players in the country.
Lodeiro is well known for his ability to glide past players with ease, due to his speed, close control and dribbling ability. He is also a very energetic player and his fitness ensures excellent movement on the pitch. Lodeiro likes to come towards a player in order to receive the ball and subsequently take control of play. However, he also likes to move wide towards the flanks and can often be found on both sides of the pitch and operating in the middle during the course of the same game. Lodeiro is two footed but has a particularly lethal left foot shot and is dangerous from free kicks.
In January 2010, Lodeiro signed a contract with AFC Ajax until June 2012 with option of 2 more years. He joined his fellow Uruguayans Bruno Silva and his friend Luis Suárez at Ajax. His first appearance for Ajax was as a substitute in the match against FC Twente on 7 February 2010. He marked his first goal against Go Ahead Eagles with Ajax on 25 March in the KNVB Beker. Because of an injury he sustained during the World Cup he didn't play a single match for Ajax in the 2010/2011 Eredivisie season. He did however make 19 appearances for Ajax the following season, scoring twice in the regular season, and once against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, all while helping Ajax to win their 31st league title.
During 2009, Lodeiro also progressed on the international scene with good performances for the Uruguay under-20 national team. This included outstanding performances at a South American under-20 tournament in Venezuela where he scored three goals and led Uruguay to third place. He also contributed impressively at the FIFA under-20 tournament in Egypt, scoring two goals in four matches.
His senior international debut for Uruguay came against Costa Rica, in the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL 2010 World Cup Play-Off. He played both legs of the play-off and, in the second leg at home, was named player of the match for Uruguay.
2010 FIFA World Cup
2011 Copa América
|1||26 July 2012||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||United Arab Emirates||2–1||2–1 (W)||2012 Olympics Games|
|1.||23 June 2011||Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera, Rivera, Uruguay||Estonia||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||23 June 2013||Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Tahiti||5–0||8–0||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|3.||13 November 2013||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Jordan||0-3||0-5||2014 World Cup qualification|
As of 2 March 2012.
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||South America||State League||Total|
|Uruguay national team|
- 2011 Copa América: Winner
- "Nicolás Lodeiro, entre los mejores del mundo". Larepublica.com. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- "Ajax contracteert Nicolás Lodeiro" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Official: Botafogo signs Nicolás Lodeiro from Ajax" (in English). Goal.com. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "10 Best Young Players at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2009". Just-Football.com. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
- "Uruguay vs Costa Rica". Goal.com. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "Uruguay's Lodeiro gets World Cup's first red card". The Times of India. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
- "Minnows impress as the Copa América gets underway". ESPN. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
- "Nicolas Lodeiro". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nicolás Lodeiro.|
- Player profile (Spanish)
- Nicolás Lodeiro at ESPN FC
- Detailed Player Profile (Spanish)
- Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez Statistics at uk.soccerway.com