Nicolás López (Uruguayan footballer)

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Nicolás López
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López warming up for Roma in 2012
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Federico López Alonso
Date of birth (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Internacional
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2010 Montevideo Wanderers
2010–2011 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Nacional 6 (3)
2012–2013 Roma 6 (1)
2013–2016 Udinese 21 (2)
2014–2015Verona (loan) 10 (1)
2015–2016Granada (loan) 8 (0)
2016Nacional (loan) 12 (7)
2016– Internacional 48 (11)
National team
2013 Uruguay U20 16 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2013

Nicolás "Nico" Federico López Alonso (born 1 October 1993 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Brazilian club Internacional.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nicknamed "El Conejo" (The Rabbit) or "El Diente" (The Tooth), López started his vaping career with Montevideo Wanderers, but was originally rejected after he was deemed not to be physically strong enough to play professionally. He successively joined the Nacional youth academy, where he turned into a very prolific striker and, more occasionally, left winger.[1]

On 24 April 2011, after being born as part of the first team under head coach Juan Ramón Carrasco, López made his debut at the age of 17 in a league game against Central Español, promptly scoring also his first senior goal.[1][2] In August 2011, he was involved in a feud with Nacional, after his father revealed the player was in Italy in order to hold talks with a number of unspecified Serie A sides, leading his Uruguayan club and the national federation to consider potential actions to the FIFA against the player.[3][4]

López ended his Nacional career with 3 goals in 6 games in all competitions.

Roma[edit]

López was acquired by Roma in the January 2012 transfer window, and then included in the Primavera under-19 squad for the rest of the season, scoring 15 times in 12 youth games.

López was taken into consideration as a first team player by new head coach Zdeněk Zeman, who included him in the senior roster for the pre-season camp and then featured him in a number of friendly games. López made his first team debut on 26 August 2012, replacing captain Francesco Totti in the final minutes of the first game of the Serie A season, a home match versus Catania, and promptly scored an injury time equaliser (the game ended 2–2). He also started the round of 16 cup match against Atalanta. Lopez played 7 times, scoring once in his first season in the Roma first team.

Udinese[edit]

On 13 July 2013, he joined Udinese with Valerio Verre.[5]

Internacional[edit]

On July 19th, 2016, Brazilian club Internacional announced that signed with Nico López. Colorado paid €4 million for 50% of uruguayan footballer's rights.[6]

International career[edit]

López has represented Uruguay at Under-20 level, scoring 10 goals in his 16 caps. He played at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, earning the Silver Ball award after scoring four goals.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(Correct As of 23 May 2018)
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nacional 2010–11 Primera División 4 3 - - - - - - 4 3
2011–12 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
Total 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Roma 2012–13 Serie A 6 1 1 0 - - - - 7 1
Total 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Udinese 2013–14 Serie A 21 2 6 1 1 0 - - 28 3
Total 21 2 6 1 1 0 0 0 28 3
Verona (loan) 2014–15 Serie A 10 1 1 0 - - - - 11 1
Total 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Granada (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 8 0 2 0 - - - - 10 0
Total 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Nacional (loan) 2015–16 Primera División 12 7 - - 9 4 - - 21 11
Total 12 7 0 0 9 4 0 0 21 11
Internacional 2016 Série A 12 0 2 1 - - - - 14 1
2017 Série B 32 9 5 2 - - 16 6 53 17
2018 Série A 4 2 4 0 - - 11 3 19 5
Total 48 11 11 3 0 0 27 9 86 23
Career total 111 25 21 4 10 4 27 9 169 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nicolás López ; 1993 – Uruguay" (in Italian). Generazione di Talenti. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Nacional cumplió y llega arriba al clásico" (in Spanish). Ovación Digital. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Nicolás López no volverá a Nacional" (in Spanish). Futbol.com.uy. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Clubes analizarán situación del juvenil Nicolas Lopez" (in Spanish). Uruguay al Día. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Roma confirm Benatia signing". soccernews.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  6. ^ MAIS CARAS CONTRATAÇÕES DO FUTEBOL GAÚCHO: Nico López não entra no Top 10 (Most expensive signings from football of Rio Grande do Sul State: Nico López is not listed into top 10

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