Matías Suárez

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Matías Suárez
Matías Suárez2016.jpg
Suárez playing for Anderlecht in 2016
Personal information
Full name Matías Ezequiel Suárez
Date of birth (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth La Falda, Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
River Plate
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Belgrano 55 (13)
2008–2016 Anderlecht 173 (50)
2016–2019 Belgrano 57 (10)
2019– River Plate 9 (3)
National team
2019– Argentina 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:24, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2019

Matías Ezequiel Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈti.as ˈswaɾes]; born 9 May 1988) is an Argentine footballer who plays for River Plate as a forward.

Career[edit]

Club Atlético Belgrano[edit]

Suárez started his professional career at Club Atlético Belgrano in 2006. He was Club Atlético Belgrano's top scorer in the Primera B Nacional of Argentina in 2007–08.[3] Due to his performances he attracted the attention of Arsenal.[4]

Anderlecht[edit]

In 2008 Suárez moved from Belgrano and completed his transfer to Anderlecht. He went on to establish himself as a key member of the Anderlecht side contributing many goals and assists in the process, especially following the departure of the team's star player Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea in the summer of 2011.

The 2011–2012 season was his best so far, on a personal level and with the team. While Anderlecht were crowned Belgian champions, Suárez was crowned Player of the Year 2011 and elected Player of the Season 2011–2012 by his professional colleagues in Belgium.[5][6] After a highly successful season, Matias Suarez was officially signed by CSKA Moskow. The fee was undisclosed and later cancelled as Suárez failed the medical tests and returned to Anderlecht afterwards.

After the 2016 terrorist attacks on Brussels, Suárez announced his intention to leave Anderlecht at the end of the season, despite Anderlecht and Belgrano not agreeing on a transfer fee. As a consequence, he terminated his contract unilaterally, allegedly fearing for his family's safety.[7] In December 2017, FIFA delivered a decision in favor of Anderlecht, ruling out any alleged threat on Suárez family and ordered Suárez and his club to pay Anderlecht compensation in the amount of EUR 500,000.00.[8]

International[edit]

He made his debut for Argentina national football team on 22 March 2019 in a friendly against Venezuela, as a half-time substitute for Pity Martínez.[9]

Honours[edit]

R.S.C. Anderlecht
River Plate
Individual

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 March 2016[10][11][12][13]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Anderlecht 2008–09 11 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 15 2 1
2009–10 35 11 11 3 0 0 13 4 4 51 15 15
2010–11 34 8 6 1 0 0 12 2 1 47 10 7
2011–12 35 12 16 0 0 0 10 7 3 45 20 19
2012–13 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3 0
2013–14 11 6 7 1 1 1 3 0 0 15 7 8
2014–15 13 4 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 16 4 2
2015–16 23 5 5 2 1 1 7 0 1 32 6 7
Total 173 50 48 9 3 2 50 13 9 232 67 58
Career total 173 50 48 9 3 2 50 13 9 232 67 58

Personal life[edit]

He is the uncle of fellow footballers Federico Álvarez and Gastón Álvarez Suárez.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matías Ezequiel Suárez". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Matías Ezequiel Suárez's Height". Anderlecht Official Site
  3. ^ "Table of Top Goalscorers", Diario Olé Archived 2010-03-25 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  4. ^ http://www.anderlecht-online.be/ Anderlecht-Online.be
  5. ^ "Suárez named Belgian player of the year By Berend Scholten", Berend Scholten on UEFA.com  England
  6. ^ "Su scoops top honour in Belgium By Berend Scholten", Berend Scholten on UEFA.com  England
  7. ^ Ed Malyon (23 March 2016). "Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez "will leave Belgium in June" after Brussels attacks made him fear for his life". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  8. ^ Yves Taildeman (7 December 2017). "Suarez doit plus de 500.000€ au RSCA". DHnet.
  9. ^ "Argentina v Venezuela game report". ESPN. 22 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Argentina - M. Suárez - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Matías Suárez Football Statistics - WhoScored.com". WhoScored.com. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Matías Suárez Player Profile - ESPN FC". ESPN FC. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Matías Suárez - Football Stats - Anderlecht - Age 26 - Soccerbase". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Los Suárez, una historia familiar en la intimidad de Belgrano". Copa Argentina. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Matías Suárez, un tío orgulloso". Mundod Lavoz. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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