Gaitán playing for Benfica in 2014
|Full name||Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán|
|Date of birth||23 February 1988|
|Place of birth||San Martín, Argentina|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2015.
Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián "Nico" Gaitán (born 23 February 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica and the Argentina national team, mainly as an attacking midfielder.
Born in San Martín, Buenos Aires, Gaitán rose from the ranks at Boca Juniors, having entered its youth system at the age of 13 in spite of doubts regarding his future due to his small frame. He made his competitive debut with the club on 1 June 2008 in a 3–1 win against Arsenal de Sarandí, and scored his first two Primera División goals two months later in a 3–0 success at Huracán.
On 23 September 2008 Gaitán netted his first goal in an international tournament, that year's Copa Sudamericana, against Liga de Quito. Two days later he again made the scoresheet, in the 4–2 win over Newell's Old Boys where he also set up Lucas Viatri for his side's final goal.
On 3 May 2010, Portugal's Benfica confirmed they had reached an agreement to sign Gaitán for €8.4 million, as a replacement for countryman Ángel Di María who had just been sold to Real Madrid – his move, after the transfer of Óscar Cardozo for €11.6 million, was the second most expensive purchase in the club's history. He made his official debut for his new team by starting and playing 66 minutes in a 1–2 away loss to Nacional, opening his scoring account also with a brace, at home against Naval on 14 November (4–0).
Gaitán finished his first year with the Lisbon side with 48 appearances all competitions comprised, scoring nine times as it finished second in the league and won the domestic league cup. For his performances, he was named Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year.
In the 2011–12 campaign Gaitán led the UEFA Champions League assists table, until the knockout stage. In 2013–14 he contributed with eight goals overall as his team conquered the treble, including the game's only goal in the Portuguese Cup's decisive match against Rio Ave on 18 May 2014; His performances were praised throughout the season. On 31 August 2014, Gaitán scored his first goal of the season against Sporting, while also being named 'Man of the Match'.
On 11 November 2014, he extended his contract with Benfica until 30 June 2018 and set a buyout clause of €35 million. On 30 September 2015, Gaitán scored a goal and later assisted the second goal in a win at Atlético Madrid (1–2) in the UEFA Champions League.
Gaitán made his international debut for Argentina on 30 September 2009, as a substitute in a 2–0 friendly win with Ghana, and he made his first start in a 3–2 success against Costa Rica on 26 January of the following year. During Sergio Batista term, he made three appearances, playing against Costa Rica, Nigeria and Poland. With Sabella, Gaitán did not make an appearance but with the appointment of Gerardo Martino, he returned after a 2-year absence, playing the final minutes, after replacing Sergio Agüero on 3 September 2014 in an away win against Germany.
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
|1||14 October 2014||Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||3–0||7–0||Friendly|
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other[nb 1]||Total|
- As of 14 October 2015
Style of play
Gaitán began playing as a midfielder, sometimes leaning to the left. After moving to Benfica he assumed a more advanced role, where he seemed more comfortable.
A left-footer who is also able to play on the right, with good dribbling skills and close control, Gaitán's main asset is ball distribution as he is able to cross from either flank, and while on the right he possesses the vision to pick holes when cutting inside.
- Boca Juniors
- Primeira Liga: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Taça de Portugal: 2013–14
- Taça da Liga: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2014
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2012–13, 2013–14
- Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2010–11
- UEFA Europa League: 2013–14 Squad of the season
- Galardão Cosme Damião - Footballer of the Year: 2014
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
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- "Todo fue muy sencillo" [It was all very easy] (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Newells 2 Boca 4 – Apertura 2008" (in Spanish). Taringa. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
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- "Nico Gaitán eleito "Man of the Match" do Benfica – Sporting". SL Benfica (in Portuguese). 31 August 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Nico Gaitán renewed contract with SL Benfica until 2018
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- "Argentina goleada (4-1) pela Nigéria com Belluschi e Gaitán no onze inicial". Jornal Noticias. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
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- Nicolás Gaitán at National-Football-Teams.com
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- "Manchester United transfers: Scouting report for Nicolas Gaitan". Bleacher Report. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- Da Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "Jorge Jesus recebe Galardão Cosme Damião" [Jorge Jesus receives Galardão Cosme Damião] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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- Benfica official profile (Portuguese)
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
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- Nicolás Gaitán profile at ForaDeJogo
- Nicolás Gaitán profile at Soccerway
- Nicolás Gaitán at National-Football-Teams.com
- Nicolás Gaitán – UEFA competition record