Álvaro Rafael González
|Full name||Álvaro Rafael González Luengo|
|Date of birth||29 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2015||→ Torino (loan)||4||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Atlas (loan)||16||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018
Álvaro Rafael González Luengo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo rafaˈel ɣonˈsales]; born 29 October 1984), nicknamed "Tata" is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Defensor Sporting as a midfielder. A Uruguayan more than 70 occacions, he represented his nation for one World Cup and three Copa America tournaments.
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.
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.
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.
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
On 1 February 2015, Torino announced the signing of González on a six-month loan with a buyout clause.
Loan to Atlas
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.
On 2 June 2014, he was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. He appeared as a second-half substitute in the team's opening match – a 3–1 defeat to Costa Rica in Fortaleza.
Statistics accurate as of match played 22 February 2019.
|Total Boca Juniors||33||1||0||0||9||2||2||0||44||3|
|Total S.S. Lazio||113||4||11||2||22||1||0||0||146||7|
|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|
- Boca Juniors
- 2011 Copa América: Winner
- "PROFIL PEMAIN TATA GONZALEZ" (in Italian). fussballtransfers.com. 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- "Alvaro GONZALEZ". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
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- Álvaro Rafael González – Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (in Spanish)[dead link]
- Álvaro Rafael González at National-Football-Teams.com