|Full name||Mariano Nicolás González|
|Date of birth||5 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Tandil, Argentina|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Winger|
|2006–2007||→ Inter (loan)||14||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Porto (loan)||21||(2)|
|2013||→ Arsenal Sarandí (loan)||13||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2015.
Born in Tandil, Buenos Aires, González started his career at Racing Club de Avellaneda, arriving at 17 from neighbouring Club Atlético Independiente. He made his professional debuts at 21 under legendary Osvaldo Ardiles, and went on to appear in 64 top division matches, notably scoring the 4–3 winner against Boca Juniors.
In 2004 González left for Italy, signing with Serie A side U.S. Città di Palermo and going on to feature regularly during two seasons, especially the second. For the 2006–07 campaign he was loaned to Inter Milan, where he failed to break into the starting lineup, barred by the likes of Luís Figo and Dejan Stanković. Later, Inter opted not to renew the loan deal, and Palermo subsequently accepted a similar request by F.C. Porto on 17 July 2007.
After Ricardo Quaresma's sale to precisely Inter, González was acquired on a permanent basis by the Portuguese, for €3,25 million, rejoining former Palermo teammate (and countryman) Ernesto Farías, and began to feature more prominently, notabling scoring in the last minute to level it 2–2 at Manchester United, for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, while also being an important part of the northerners' back-to-back league conquests (he also won the competition while on loan).
González won his first cap for Argentina in 2003, under Marcelo Bielsa. The following year he was summoned for the Copa América as the nation finished second, and also played olympic football at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning gold.
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Primeira Liga: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
- Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010
- "Gonzalez in prestito al Porto" [González loaned to Porto] (in Italian). Palermo's official website. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- "Mariano sends Porto confidence soaring". UEFA.com. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
- Mariano González – FIFA competition record
- Mariano González at footballzz.co.uk
- Mariano González profile at ForaDeJogo
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- Mariano González at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mariano González profile at Soccerway