González playing with Marseille in 2010
|Full name||Luis Óscar González|
|Date of birth||19 January 1981|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:12, 30 October 2015 (UTC).
Luis Óscar "Lucho" González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlutʃo ɣonˈsales]; born 19 January 1981) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Club Atlético River Plate. A versatile midfielder who is able to play in different positions but mainly in the centre, he is well known for his fierce shot, passing skills and hardworking style, being affectionately known as El Comandante (the commander) due to his leadership skills.
After starting with Huracán and River Plate, he signed for Porto in 2005, going on to have two separate spells at the club and appear in more than 200 official games, winning nine major titles. He also played in France with Marseille.
Early years / Porto
Born in Buenos Aires, González began his career at Club Atlético Huracán at the age of 14, making his Primera División debut on 29 April 1999 in a 1–2 home loss against Racing Club de Avellaneda. Three years later he transferred to another side in his hometown, Club Atlético River Plate, where he was a very important first-team member in the conquest of back-to-back Clausura tournaments, contributing with 56 games and nine goals combined.
González's performances at River earned him a deal with Portugal's FC Porto in 2005, signing a five-year contract. In his first season, he scored ten goals in 30 matches, including braces against Académica de Coimbra (5–1), F.C. Penafiel (3–1) and Vitória de Guimarães (3–1), helping the northerners to the first of their four consecutive Primeira Liga titles.
At Porto, González eventually became team captain. In November 2006, he signed an improved five-year contract and, in August of the following year, the club paid €6.65 million to Global Soccer Agencies (later renamed Rio Football Services) to achieve full ownership of the player, activating the clause by rejecting an offer from Everton.
Lucho remained a fan favorite at the Estádio do Dragão for the duration of his link. On 22 March 2009, he netted against C.F. Estrela da Amadora in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-finals (2–0 home win, 3–2 on aggregate), whilst during the league campaign, he scored nine times in only 23 games to help Porto to the fourth title in a row (the season ended with the double conquest).
In June 2009, González was sold to Olympique de Marseille in France for a fee of €18 million, with the possibility of an increase to €24 million depending on the player's performance. He scored his first official goal for his new club on 19 September, opening the scoring in a 4–2 home win against Montpellier HSC, and also found the net on 26 November, in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw against A.C. Milan at the San Siro (1–1). On 5 December, again in Ligue 1, he scored the 2–1 against OGC Nice in the 77th minute, in an eventual 3–1 triumph against the ten-men hosts.
On 8 December 2009, González scored against Real Madrid but also missed a penalty kick later in the game in an eventual 1–3 home loss in the Champions League, with the subsequent relegation to the UEFA Europa League, with the team ending their run in the competition at the round-of-16.
After the winter break, González netted in the 5–1 home thrashing of Valenciennes FC, opening the score in the 33rd minute. Previously, in late January 2010, he also helped Marseille reach the Coupe de la Ligue final, finding the net against Lille OSC in the quarter-finals (2–1). On 28 February 2010, he scored once in a 3–0 away win against Paris Saint-Germain FC, which left L'OM in fourth place; he finished his first season with 32 games and five goals, as the team eventually won the league/league cup double.
González scored his first goal of 2010–11 on 29 August 2010, in a 1–1 away draw against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. A month later, he netted the winning goal against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, in a 2–1 home win. On 3 November, he grabbed a brace in a 7–0 away routing of MŠK Žilina, in the campaign's Champions League, as Marseille was eventually ousted in the last-16 by eventual finalists Manchester United.
On 12 February 2011, Lucho provided an assist for André-Pierre Gignac, helping his team defeat Sochaux 2–1 away from home. In Marseille's next game, he opened the score in a 2–1 win over AS Saint-Étienne.
On 11 March 2011, González scored the second goal in a 2–0 win against Stade Rennais FC, keeping the pressure on Lille in the title race. He assisted for Benoit Cheyrou's goal in a 1–0 away success over RC Lens early into the following month, and also started in the French League Cup final, won against Montpellier by the same result.
Due to his solid performances, González was linked with a transfer to Arsenal in England, in early May 2011. But he sought to allay these fears and show his commitment to the club by saying that "I don't know why there are so many things said about this at the moment. It annoys me a bit. At no time has it left my mouth that I wanted to leave or that I didn't feel good here. I have a contract with OM until 2013 and the people at the club seem happy with me."
On 8 May 2011, Marseille faced title challengers Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade de Gerland, and González scored in an eventual 2–3 loss, with his team eventually finishing second to champions Lille. After the season ended, chairman Jean-Claude Dassier confirmed that the player was seeking an exit from the club, amidst interest of several teams.
Despite the constant speculation, González remained with Marseille for 2011–12. In the first matchday, he opened the scoring in the 38th minute against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, in an eventual 2–2 home draw. On 13 September, he netted the game's only goal at Olympiacos F.C. for the Champions League group stage, where he also earned Man of the match accolades.
Return to Porto
On 30 January 2012, after 119 official appearances for Marseille, González returned to Porto, signing until June 2014. He scored in his first game in his second spell, a 2–0 win against Vitória de Setúbal for the Taça da Liga.
Under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, González made his first appearance with the Argentine national team on 31 January 2003 against Honduras. He went on to represent the nation in the 2004 Copa América, scoring two goals during the tournament, as Argentina lost the final on penalties to Brazil.
González also played with the team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Germany, he helped the national side earn a second-place finish in the competition, once again losing to Brazil in the final.
In 2006, González was selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in which Argentina, managed by José Pekerman, lost to hosts Germany in the quarter-finals on penalties. Subsequently, he was part of the Alfio Basile–led squad at 2007 Copa América, where the Albiceleste was again defeated by Brazil in the decisive match, now 0–3.
|1||4 February 2003||Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras||Honduras||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
|2||8 February 2003||Orange Bowl, Miami, United States||United States||0–1||0–1||Friendly|
|3||7 July 2004||Elías Aguirre, Chiclayo, Peru||Ecuador||6–1||6–1||2004 Copa América|
|4||20 July 2004||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Colombia||2–0||3–0||2004 Copa América|
|5||9 October 2004||Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Uruguay||1–0||4–2||2006 World Cup qualification|
|6||1 April 2009||Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||1–6||1–6||2010 World Cup qualification|
- River Plate
- Primeira Liga: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Taça de Portugal: 2005–06, 2008–09
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2006, 2012, 2013
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2012–13
- In isolation, González is pronounced [ɡonˈsales]. The corresponding Standard European pronunciation is [ɡonˈθaleθ].
- El retorno de "El Comandante" Lucho González, el hijo pródigo del Oporto (The return of "El Comandante" Lucho González, Porto's prodigal son); El Diario Vasco, 31 January 2012 (Spanish)
- Lucho: «El Comandante? Não comando ninguém» (Lucho: «El Comandante? I don't command anyone»); Record, 4 December 2012 (Portuguese)
- "Lucho to land at Porto". UEFA.com. 18 April 2005.
- "Lucho staying at Porto". UEFA.com. 7 August 2007.
- Relatórios de contas 2006–2007 (Finance reports 2006–2007); FC Porto, 2007 (Portuguese)
- "Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD" [FC Porto – Football, SAD announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
- Marseille 4–2 Montpellier; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
- Milan kept waiting by spirited OM; UEFA.com, 26 November 2009
- Nice 1–3 Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 5 December 2009
- Madrid march on as Marseille miss out; UEFA.com, 8 December 2009
- Marseille 5–1 Valenciennes; ESPN Soccernet, 7 February 2010
- Marseille 2–1 Lille; ESPN Soccernet, 27 January 2010
- Paris Saint-Germain 0–3 Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 28 February 2010
- Bordeaux peg back ten-men; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2010
- Marseille 2–1 Sochaux; ESPN Soccernet, 25 September 2010
- Gignac leads the way for majestic Marseille; UEFA.com, 3 November 2010
- Sochaux 1–2 Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 12 February 2011
- Remy goal sends Marseille second; ESPN Soccernet, 19 February 2011
- Stade Rennais FC vs Marseille preview; Goal.com, 11 March 2011
- "Cheyrou libère l'OM" [Cheyrou frees l’OM] (in French). Football 365. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- "L'OM conserve son titre" [L'OM retains title] (in French). Le Figaro. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- Olympique Marseille's Lucho Gonzalez on Roma radar; Goal.com, 1 May 2011
- Olympique de Marseille’s Lucho Gonzalez calms fears of his departure; Goal.com, 15 May 2011
- Lyon 3–2 Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2011
- Lucho wants to quit Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 1 June 2011
- Remy earns draw for Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 6 August 2011
- Marseille make winning start at Olympiacos; UEFA.com, 13 September 2011
- Gonzalez to return to Porto; ESPN Soccernet, 30 January 2012
- Lucho regressa a casa (Lucho returns home); FC Porto, 31 January 2012 (Portuguese)
- "Taca da Liga semi-finals set". PortuGOAL. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- Last-gasp Bruno Cesar fires Benfica to vital win over Braga; PortuGOAL, 1 April 2012
- "Lucho González se va a Qatar" [Lucho González goes to Qatar] (in Spanish). Fox Sports. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- Homenaje a Lucho Gonzalez (Homage to Lucho Gonzalez); Taringa! (Spanish)
- World champs beat Argentina on penalties in Copa America final; Sports Illustrated, 25 July 2004
- Lucho González – FIFA competition record
- "Germany 1–1 Argentina". BBC Sport. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- "Brasil mantiene la hegemonía continental al imponerse a Argentina 3–0 en la gran final" [Brazil renews continental supremacy after disposing of Argentina 3–0 in the big final] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2016.