Lucas Lobos

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Lucas Lobos
Lucas Lobos- Tigres.jpg
Personal information
Full name Lucas Armando Lobos
Date of birth (1981-08-03) August 3, 1981 (age 36)
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Club Unidos de Olmos
Number --
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 105 (11)
2006–2008 Cádiz 47 (15)
2008–2014 Tigres UANL 219 (67)
2014–2016 Toluca 34 (2)
2016–2017 Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lucas Armando Lobos [1] (La Plata, Argentina, August 3, 1981) is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays for in the Liga Amateur Platense for Club Unidos de Olmos.[2] He holds Mexican citizenship.

An attacking midfielder, Lobos is a two-time winner of the Liga MX Balón de Oro for Best Player and for several years he was widely considered as one of the top footballers of the Mexican League, mostly for his remarkable seasons with Tigres UANL, where he became an idol.

Career[edit]

Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata[edit]

Encouraged by his father, Lobos did tryouts with several teams of Argentina, such as the Newell's Old Boys, Boca Juniors, Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and River Plate. At the age of nineteen Lobos was signed by the team Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata to play in the junior divisions of Argentina. In three months he had become part of the first team, debuting in the Argentine Primera División in the second half of a game against Club Atlético Banfield. Lobos remained in the team from 2001 to 2005, ending runner-up twice.

Cádiz CF[edit]

At the age of twenty-four, Lobos signed up with the Spanish team Cádiz CF, playing in La Liga, the first division of Spain. His performance did not prevent the relegation of the team to Segunda División, the second division. Lobos spent two seasons in Cadiz.

Tigres UANL[edit]

In December 2007 by the hand of Enrique Borja, Lobos signed for four years with Tigres UANL on a $3.5 million deal. Almost finishing the Clausura 2008, Lobos underwent an operation on one of his knees. On August 11, 2010, Lobos re-signed for three more years with UANL. In 2011, the post of captain was given to him for being the most committed player. On December 11, 2011, Lucas lead Tigres to their third championship, and was awarded for the second time in a row as both, the MVP and best attacking midfielder of the Mexican League. On March, 2012, Alejandro Sabella, the head coach of the Argentina national team, stated that he was considering the chance to include Lobos in the team.[3][4] On November, 2012, Lobos re-signed for three more years with UANL. On June 4, 2014, it was announced that Lobos was transferred to Mexican side Toluca on a $5 million deal. After the news of the transfer of Lobos to Toluca, over a hundred fans of Tigres UANL received him at the Monterrey International Airport chanting his name on an emotional farewell. Lobos left Tigres UANL as the last idol of the team and one of the greatest players in the club's history.[5][6][7]

Deportivo Toluca F.C.[edit]

After his arrival to Toluca, Lucas Lobos became a regular starter under the command of José Saturnino Cardozo. Due his discrete performance in two seasons and an operation on a knee, Lobos was not registered to play the Apertura 2015 tournament. Hernan Cristante, Toluca's new head coach, stated that Lobos was not part of the plans of the team.[8]

Return to Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata[edit]

On August, 2016, it was announced that Lobos would return to the team where he made his professional debut: Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.[9]

Amateur[edit]

After a discreet stage in Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, on July 29, 2017, it is confirmed that Lobos would not retire and decided to continue playing, now with amateur Club Unidos de Olmos of the Liga Amateur Platense.

International career[edit]

On September 19, 2013 [10] coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich called up Lobos for the Mexico national football team after Lucas became a naturalized Mexican citizen, but did not play any of the two games.

Style of play[edit]

A creative attacking midfielder, Lobos used to command the attack in the last third of the field. Under coach Ricardo Ferretti, he played as a central attacking midfielder in Tigres' 4–2–3–1 formation and as second striker in 4–4–1–1.[11] Occasionally, Lobos also played as either left or right winger. He had a remarkable technical ability as did both, assisted and scored goals. A right-footed set-piece specialist, he was also known for his ability to score goals from free kicks. Former captain of Tigres, Lobos was praised by the media and the audience for his quality, professionalism and leadership.[12] According to Goal.com, he "possesses vision, technique on the ball and a work ethic to go with his talent."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Lobos and his wife Florencia are married since 2005. In 2006, his daughter Lola was born in Cadiz. On January 9, 2013, his twins, Lucia and Mateo were born in Monterrey. Lobos is fan of his former team Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. In July 2013, Lobos became a naturalized Mexican citizen after settling in Mexico in 2008.

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Tigres UANL

Individual[edit]

  • Clausura 2011: "Balón de Oro" for Best Player of the Tournament.
  • Apertura 2011: "Balón de Oro" for Best Attacking Midfielder of the Tournament.
  • Apertura 2011: "Balón de Oro" for Best Player of the Tournament.
  • Clausura 2012: "Balón de Oro" for Best Attacking Midfielder of the Tournament.
    • "Balón de Oro" (literally translated as "Golden Ball)" is an award given by the Mexican Football Federation to the best players of the League each season.

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