Nicolás Otamendi

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Nicolás Otamendi
Nicolás Otamendi.jpg
Otamendi playing for Argentina in 2009
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi
Date of birth (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 23
Youth career
1995–2007 Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Vélez Sársfield 40 (1)
2010–2014 Porto 77 (6)
2014– Valencia 16 (1)
2014 Atlético Mineiro (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2009– Argentina 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi (born 12 February 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF as a central defender.

In his professional career he played mainly for Vélez Sársfield and Porto, winning eight major titles with the second including three national championships and the 2011 Europa League.

An Argentine international since 2009, Otamendi represented the country at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Vélez[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Otamendi made his Primera División debut for Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield on 10 May 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Rosario Central for the Clausura tournament.[1] During manager Hugo Tocalli's spell he was only fifth-choice stopper, behind Waldo Ponce, Fernando Tobio, Marco Torsiglieri and Mariano Uglessich. However, his role in the first team changed during Ricardo Gareca's first season as head coach, the 2009 Clausura: he replaced Ponce for the third game after the Chilean was injured while playing for his national team,[1] and eventually won a starting position alongside Sebastián Domínguez,[1] playing 17 of the 19 games in Vélez' winning campaign.[2]

Otamendi scored his first professional goal during the 2009 Apertura, in Vélez' 3–1 victory over Arsenal de Sarandí. During that season he also made his debuts in an international club competition, appearing in the Copa Sudamericana; in recognition of his performances throughout the year he was chosen for the South American Team of the Year, in a traditional continent-wide journalists' poll conducted by the newspaper El País.[3]

Porto[edit]

On 23 August 2010, Otamendi was transferred to Portuguese side F.C. Porto on a 4 million fee, signing a five-year contract –[4]Vélez also retained 50% of his registration rights, with the player having a pre-set price of another €4 million to be met by Porto prior to September 2011.[5] He netted in his first match, a 2–0 home victory over S.C. Olhanense,[6] finishing his first season with 15 appearances and five goals (notably both in a 2–0 away win against S.C. Braga[7]) as the northerners won the national championship.

On 6 September 2011, Porto exercised the rights to sign the remainder of Otamendi's playing rights.[8][9] He played 30 official games during the season to help the club to another two major titles, notably the back-to-back domestic league.

Valencia[edit]

On 5 February 2014, Otamendi was sold to Valencia CF in La Liga for €12 million, on a five-year contract starting on 1 July.[10] He was immediately loaned to Clube Atlético Mineiro in Brazil.[11]

Otamendi made his debut in the Spanish top level on 23 August 2014, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Sevilla FC.[12] He scored his first goal for his new club on 4 October, helping to a 3–1 home success over Atlético Madrid.[13]

International career[edit]

In April 2009, Otamendi was called up by Argentine national team coach Diego Maradona for a friendly with Panama.[14] At the time of his selection he had only played 11 professional games,[1] and eventually started the match on 20 May, in a 3–1 win.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Otamendi played as a centre-back alongside Martín Demichelis against Ecuador (0–2 away loss), partnered former Vélez teammate Domínguez against Brazil in a 1–3 home defeat and appeared as a right-back in a 1–0 win in Uruguay which sealed the country's qualification to South Africa.

On 19 May 2010 Otamendi was confirmed as part of the 23-men squad for the final stages.[15] On 22 June he was in the starting eleven for the final group stage game against Greece; on the press conference after the match, Maradona said that, in his opinion, Otamendi was the best player on the field.[16]

Otamendi also played the 90 minutes of the round-of-16 game against Mexico, which Argentina won by 3–1. His final appearance in the tournament was the 0–4 quarter-final loss against Germany: this time his performance received criticism by the football press, as did Maradona's decision to improvise him on the right-back position;[17][18] however, the player subsequently stated his desire to always play for his national team, even if not in his natural position.[19]

Otamendi scored his first goal for Argentina on 2 September 2011, in a 1–0 friendly win over Venezuela in Kolkata, after heading a corner taken by Lionel Messi.[20]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
2 September 2011 Kolkata, India  Venezuela
1–0
1–0
Friendly[20]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 December 2014[21]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other[i] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vélez Sársfield 2007–08 Primera División 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 18 0 0 0 18 0
2009–10 19 1 14 0 33 1
2010–11 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 40 1 14 0 54 1
Porto 2010–11 Primeira Liga 15 5 2 0 13 1 2 0 32 6
2011–12 20 2 1 0 6 0 2 0 29 2
2012–13 29 0 2 0 8 0 3 1 42 1
2013–14 13 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 19 1
Total 77 7 7 1 31 1 7 1 122 10
Valencia 2013–14 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 16 1 1 0 0 0 17 1
Total 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Atlético Mineiro 2014 Série A 5 0 0 0 7 0 7 1 19 1
Career total 138 9 8 1 52 1 14 2 212 13

Honours[edit]

Vélez Sársfield
Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Nicolás Otamendi: "El de Vélez es un grupo con hambre"" [Nicolás Otamendi: "Vélez is a hungry group"] (in Spanish). La Nación. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Closing '09 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Verón fue elegido como el mejor jugador de América" [Verón chosen best player in America] (in Spanish). 24CON. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Porto sign Argentina defender Otamendi". UEFA.com. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Acordo de princípio para a compra do jogador Otamendi" [Negotiations for acquisition of player Otamendi] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Can anybody stop this Dragon?". PortuGOAL. 26 September 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "No let-up from FC Porto and Benfica". PortuGOAL. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Porto finalise Otamendi purchase". FIFA.com. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 6 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Valencia confirm signing of Nicolás Otamendi". Inside Spanish Football. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nicolas Otamendi jugará en Atlético Mineiro cedido por el Valencia" [Nicolas Otamendi will play in Atlético Mineiro loaned by Valencia] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Punto de fe del Valencia" [Valencia point of faith] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "El Valencia derroca al campeón" [Valencia knocks champion out] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bocación local" [Local bocation] (in Spanish). Olé. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "¡Acá están, estos son!" [These are the guys!] (in Spanish). Olé. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Liniers queda en Sudáfrica" [Liniers stays in South Africa] (in Spanish). Olé. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Daniel Edwards (4 July 2010). "World Cup 2010 Comment: Javier Zanetti or Nicolas Otamendi? The decision to snub Inter's captain cost Maradona & Argentina". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Ian Ladyman (5 July 2010). "Diego Maradona finally exposed as Argentina's weakest link... along with their right full back". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Quiero jugar siempre aunque no sea en mi puesto" [I want to play always even if it's out of position] (in Spanish). Olé. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "La Argentina de Sabella comienza con victoria ante Venezuela en Calcuta" [Sabella's Argentina starts with win against Venezuela in Kolkata] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "N. Otamendi". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

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