Álvaro Rafael González

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Álvaro González
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Personal information
Full name Álvaro Rafael González Luengo
Date of birth (1984-10-29) 29 October 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Defensor Sporting 54 (5)
2007–2009 Boca Juniors 33 (1)
2009–2010 Nacional 15 (2)
2010–2017 Lazio 113 (4)
2015 Torino (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Atlas (loan) 16 (0)
2017– Nacional 1 (1)
National team
2006– Uruguay 66 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2016

Álvaro Rafael González Luengo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo rafaˈel ɣonˈsales]; born 29 October 1984), nicknamed "Tata"[1] is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Nacional as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Defensor[edit]

González started his career in 2003 with Defensor Sporting Club in Uruguay. He represented the side until 2007, playing 122 games with 8 goals in all competitions.

Boca Juniors[edit]

In August 2007, he was transferred to the giant club Boca Juniors. In the Argentine team he played till 2009 scoring one goal against Vélez Sarsfield and winning the 2008 Apertura and the 2008 Recopa Sudamericana.

Nacional[edit]

In 2009, he returned to Uruguay but now playing for Nacional.

Lazio[edit]

In August 2010, he signed a three-year contract with Italian club Lazio. He made his Serie A debut on 22 September 2010 against Fiorentina. Álvaro González scored his first Serie A goal vs Brescia and celebrated his goal by mimicking a phone call back to Uruguay by taking out his right boot.[citation needed]

The 2012–13 season saw González as a protagonist in Lazio coach Petković's eyes, where he had been among the most consistent and played players. Petković played González in numerous roles in the 2012–13 season, from defensive midfielder to full back and right midfielder. Together with the national team, Álvaro González played over 50 games in the 2012–13 season proving his durability, consistency and also goal scoring where he managed to get on the scoresheet in Serie A, Coppa Italia and in the Europa League.

Loan to Torino[edit]

On 1 February 2015, Torino announced the signing of González on a six-month loan with a buyout clause.[2]

Loan to Atlas[edit]

On 21 August 2015, Mexican side Atlas announced the signing of González on a full year loan with a buyout clause. [3]

International career[edit]

González (left) celebrating with Luis Suárez a goal against England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

González has won 49 caps for the Uruguay national football team. His debut for La Celeste came against Romania in May 2006.[4]

After playing for the team during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, he was omitted from the squad which went on the finish fourth in the tournament finals.[4]

In 2011, he won the Copa América playing four matches, including the final against Paraguay. He went on to represent his country at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and made 12 appearances during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.[4]

On 2 June 2014, he was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.[5] He appeared as a second-half substitute in the team's opening match – a 3–1 defeat to Costa Rica in Fortaleza.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 19 February 2017.

Club Season League Cup South America
Europe
Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2007–08 13 1 0 0 4 1 2 0 19 2
2008–09 20 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 25 1
Total Boca Juniors 33 1 0 0 9 1 2 0 44 3
Nacional 2009–10 15 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 23 2
S.S. Lazio 2010–11 19 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 22 2
2011–12 31 1 2 0 7 0 0 0 40 1
2012–13 34 1 4 1 11 1 0 0 49 3
2013–14 25 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 30 1
2014–15 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total S.S. Lazio 113 4 11 2 22 1 0 0 146 7
Torino (loan) 2015 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Atlas (loan) 2015–16 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Nacional 2017– 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total Nacional 16 3 0 0 8 0 0 0 24 3
Career total 229 12 14 2 39 3 2 0 284 17

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 2011 Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–1 2–3 (W) Friendly
2 14 August 2013 Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan  Japan 4–1 4–2 (W) Friendly
3 18 November 2014 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Chile 2–1 2–1 (W) Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Boca Juniors
Lazio

International[edit]

Uruguay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PROFIL PEMAIN TATA GONZALEZ" (in Italian). fussballtransfers.com. 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ http://torinofc.it/news/30/01/2015/gonzalez-al-toro_7481
  3. ^ http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/mexico/noticias/2015/08/21/uruguayo-alvaro-gonzalez-quinto-foraneo-de-atlas
  4. ^ a b c "Alvaro GONZALEZ". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

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