Sebastián Coates

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Sebastián Coates
Sebastian Coates - Olympics 2012.jpg
Coates playing for Uruguay at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Sebastián Coates Nion[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) [2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Liverpool)
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2009 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Nacional 55 (8)
2011– Liverpool 12 (1)
2014 Nacional (loan) 5 (0)
2014– Sunderland (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009 Uruguay U20 10 (0)
2012 Uruguay Olympic 3 (0)
2011– Uruguay 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:18, 1 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:18, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Coates and the second or maternal family name is Nion.

Sebastián Coates Nion (Spanish pronunciation: [seβasˈtjan koˈates ˈnjon]; born 7 October 1990) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League side Sunderland on loan from Liverpool, and for the Uruguay national team.

Having begun his career at Nacional, where he was a regular from his debut in 2009, Coates joined Liverpool in 2011 and spent his fourth season on loan to Sunderland.

Coates made his international debut at the 2011 Copa América, and was voted Young Player of the Tournament after Uruguay won it. He also represented the country at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Coates was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is of Scottish ancestry.[3]

Club career[edit]


Coates joined Nacional at 11, and worked his way up through the age groups, appearing as captain at every level. In 2009, aged 18, he signed a contract and began playing for the first team. His first appearance came against Bella Vista, a performance for which he was named man of the match by Uruguay's El País.[4] He subsequently started every game for Nacional, notwithstanding suspension and national duty.[5]


Sebastian Coátes playing alongside Martin Kelly against Fulham in 2012.

In August 2011, Coates was the subject of substantial interest from English Premier League club Liverpool. He was given permission to have a medical at Melwood ahead of his proposed move on 26 August, and the following day watched Liverpool's match against Bolton Wanderers. On 30 August, after receiving a work permit, Liverpool announced that they had signed Coates on "a long-term contract" for an undisclosed fee.[6][7] Liverpool officially announced that Coates would wear the number 16 shirt, last worn by Sotirios Kyrgiakos who had recently departed to Wolfsburg.

On 18 September, Coates made his debut for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur, replacing the injured Daniel Agger in the 27th minute, in a 4–0 defeat.[8] Coates went on to make his first start for the club on 21 September against Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup.[9] Liverpool won the match 2–1 and Coates started the next match in this competition against Stoke City which Liverpool also won 2–1. Liverpool progressed through all stages to win the tournament resulting in Coates winning his first medal as a Liverpool player. On 21 March 2012, he scored his first goal for Liverpool against Queens Park Rangers with a magnificent scissor kick from the edge of the box.[10] On 20 September 2012 he scored against BSC Young Boys in the Europa League, his second Liverpool goal in 14 games.

Coates suffered a knee injury playing for Uruguay in a friendly match against Japan in August 2013.[11] The injury sidelined the player for much of the 2013-14 season. The second half of the season saw Coates return to Nacional on loan, helping him to secure a place in Uruguay's World Cup team.[12]


On 1 September 2014, Coates was loaned out to Premier League side Sunderland on a season-long loan.[13]

International career[edit]

Sebastián Coates with the Best Young Player of the Copa America award in 2011.

After playing for the Uruguay under-20s he was called up for Uruguay's first leg match in the CONMEBOL–CONCACAF playoff against Costa Rica where he was an unused substitute.[14]

He made his full international debut against Chile in the 2011 Copa América.[15] Coates went on to win the award for the Best Young Player at the end of the tournament.[16]

He was called up by Óscar Tabárez for the Uruguay Olympic football team that played at the 2012 Summer Olympics which were held in London.[17] However Uruguay ultimately failed to qualify for the knockout round. Although injury saw Coates miss out the entire Premier League season, he made a full recovery in time to be selected in the final 23 men squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He featured as a second-half substitute for his then club teammate Luis Suárez in the 88th minute in the 2-1 victory over England in the group stage.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 May 2014.
League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Uruguay League South America Total
2009 Nacional Primera División 11 3 5 1 16 4
2010 36 2 8 1 44 3
2011 27 1 5 0 32 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Liverpool Premier League 7 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 12 1
2012–13 5 0 2 0 2 0 3 1 12 1
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Uruguay League South America Total
2014 Nacional (loan) Primera División 5 0 1 0 6 0
Career total 92 7 4 0 5 0 22 3 123 10








  1. ^ "Clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Chris. "Player Profile". LFC.TV. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Seba: My roots are actually in Scotland". Liverpool FC. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  4. ^ Sebastian Coates biography. (Spanish) Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Our new boy in 10 facts". Liverpool FC. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Coates joins Liverpool[dead link],, 30 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Sebastian Coates set to sign for Liverpool". 23 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Kerry. "BBC Sport - Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool". Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  9. ^ McNulty, Phil (2011-09-21). "BBC Sport - Brighton 1-2 Liverpool". Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  10. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (2012-03-21). "BBC Sport - QPR 3-2 Liverpool". Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  11. ^ Liverpool's Sebastián Coates to miss 'most of the season' with knee injury - The Guardian, 22 August 2013
  12. ^ Dan Kay (2013-11-27). "Liverpool FC defender Sebastian Coates making injury progress and eyeing Uruguay World Cup slot". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  13. ^ "Transfer deadline day: Sunderland sign Liverpool's Sebastian Coates". BBC Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Match Report: Costa Rica 0 – Uruguay 1". FIFA. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "Match Report: Uruguay 1–1 Chile". Copa America. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2001. 
  16. ^ "Sebastian Coates receives the Trophy Claro – Best Young Player of the Copa America". 25 July 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  17. ^ (Spanish) "Convocatoria Uruguay Fútbol Juegos Olímpicos Londres 2012". 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 

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