Nicolás Otamendi

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Nicolás Otamendi
Argentina team in St. Petersburg (cropped) Otamendi.jpg
Otamendi with Argentina at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi[1]
Date of birth (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 30
Youth career
1995–2007 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Vélez Sarsfield 40 (1)
2010–2014 Porto 77 (7)
2014–2015 Valencia 35 (6)
2014Atlético Mineiro (loan) 5 (0)
2015– Manchester City 97 (6)
National team
2009– Argentina 59 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:59, 3 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlas otaˈmendi]; born 12 February 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team.

He played for Vélez Sarsfield and Porto in his early career, winning eight major titles with the latter including three Primeira Liga championships and the 2011 Europa League. He signed for Manchester City in 2015 from Valencia (with the latter club also loaning him to Atlético Mineiro of Brazil for four months), winning the Premier League in 2017–18 as well as two League Cups.

An Argentina international since 2009, Otamendi represented his country at two World Cups and as many Copas América, in which he contributed to consecutive runner-up finishes.

Club career[edit]

Vélez[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Otamendi made his Primera División debut for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield on 10 May 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Rosario Central for the Clausura tournament.[4] During manager Hugo Tocalli's spell he was only fifth-choice stopper, behind Waldo Ponce, Fernando Tobio, Marco Torsiglieri and Mariano Uglessich. However, his role in the first team changed during Ricardo Gareca's first season as head coach, the 2009 Clausura: he replaced Ponce for the third game after the Chilean was injured while playing for his national team,[4] and eventually won a starting position alongside Sebastián Domínguez,[4] playing 17 of the 19 games in Vélez's winning campaign.[5]

Otamendi scored his first professional goal during the 2009 Apertura, in a 3–1 victory over Arsenal de Sarandí. During that season he also made his debuts in an international club competition, appearing in the Copa Sudamericana; in recognition of his performances throughout the year he was chosen for the South American Team of the Year, in a traditional continent-wide journalists' poll conducted by the newspaper El País.[6]

Porto[edit]

On 23 August 2010, Otamendi was transferred to Portuguese side FC Porto on a 4 million fee, signing a five-year contract –[7] Vélez also retained 50% of his registration rights, with the player having a pre-set price of another €4 million to be met by Porto prior to September 2011.[8] He netted in his first match, a 2–0 home victory over S.C. Olhanense,[9] finishing his first season with 15 appearances and five goals (notably both in a 2–0 away win against S.C. Braga[10]) as the northerners won the Primeira Liga championship.

On 6 September 2011, Porto exercised the rights to sign the remainder of Otamendi's playing rights.[11][12] He played 30 official games during the season to help the club to another two major titles, notably the back-to-back domestic league.

Valencia[edit]

On 5 February 2014, Otamendi was sold to Valencia CF in La Liga for €12 million, on a five-year contract starting on 1 July.[13] He was immediately loaned to Clube Atlético Mineiro in Brazil,[14] and played 19 times for the team from Belo Horizonte, scoring once to open a 4–1 win at city rivals América Futebol Clube (MG) on 23 March in the first leg of the semi-finals of the state championship.[15][16]

Otamendi made his debut in the Spanish top level on 23 August 2014, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Sevilla FC.[17] He scored his first goal for his new club on 4 October, helping to a 3–1 home success over Atlético Madrid.[18]

On 4 January 2015, Otamendi headed Valencia's winner in a 2–1 home win over Real Madrid, ending their opponents' club record 22-match winning streak as a result.[19] After helping Los Che qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in four years, becoming the first club stopper to score six goals in the league in the process,[20] he was the only player from his team to be named in the La Liga Team of the Year.[21]

Manchester City[edit]

Late into the 2015 pre-season, Otamendi refused to train or play with Valencia to avoid thwarting his chances of signing with another club.[22] On 20 August, he joined Manchester City on a five-year deal for an initial fee of £28.5 million.[23][24] He made his debut on 15 September, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute for Vincent Kompany in a 1–2 home loss against Juventus F.C. for the Champions League group phase;[25] his Premier League debut came four days later, in a 1–2 defeat to West Ham United at the City of Manchester Stadium.[26]

On 31 October 2015, Otamendi scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 home win over Norwich City.[27] He played the full 120 minutes as they won the Football League Cup on 28 February 2016, defeating Liverpool on a penalty shootout in the final.[28]

International career[edit]

Otamendi playing for Argentina in 2009

In April 2009, Otamendi was called up by Argentine national team coach Diego Maradona for a friendly with Panama.[29] At the time of his selection he had only played 11 professional games,[4] and eventually started the match on 20 May, in a 3–1 win.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Otamendi played as a centre back alongside Martín Demichelis against Ecuador (0–2 away loss), partnered former Vélez teammate Domínguez against Brazil in a 1–3 home defeat and appeared as a right back in a 1–0 win in Uruguay which sealed the country's qualification to South Africa.[30] On 19 May 2010 he was confirmed as part of the 23-men squad for the final stages,[31] featuring in the starting eleven for the final group stage game against Greece; on the press conference after the match, Maradona said that, in his opinion, he was the best player on the field.[32]

Otamendi also played the 90 minutes of the round-of-16 game against Mexico, which Argentina won by 3–1. His final appearance in the tournament was the 0–4 quarter-final loss to Germany: this time his performance received criticism by the football press, as did his manager's decision to improvise him on the right-back position;[33][34] however, the player subsequently stated his desire to always play for his national team, even if not in his natural position.[35]

Otamendi scored his first goal for Argentina on 2 September 2011, in a 1–0 friendly win over Venezuela in Kolkata, after heading a corner taken by Lionel Messi.[36] After being cut from the squad that later appeared at the 2014 World Cup,[37] he was selected by coach Gerardo Martino for the 2015 Copa América,[38] playing the entirety of all but one match as they lost to hosts Chile on a penalty shootout in the final; he was named in the Team of the Tournament.[39]

Otamendi started all the games in the Copa América Centenario in the United States, in which Argentina again both faced Chile in the tournament final and lost in a penalty shootout, 2–4.[40] In the second group match against Panama, on 10 June 2016, he scored the opening goal in a 5–0 win.[41]

Otamendi was included in the squad for the 2018 World Cup.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 23 October 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vélez Sarsfield 2007–08[43] Primera División 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[44] Primera División 18 0 18 0
2009–10[44] Primera División 19 1 14[c] 0 33 1
2010–11[44] Primera División 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 40 1 14 0 54 1
Porto 2010–11[44] Primeira Liga 15 5 1 0 2 0 13[d] 1 31 6
2011–12[44] Primeira Liga 20 2 1 0 2 0 7[e] 0 0 0 30 2
2012–13[44] Primeira Liga 29 0 2 0 3 1 8[f] 0 1[g] 0 43 1
2013–14[44] Primeira Liga 13 0 2 1 0 0 4[f] 0 1[g] 0 20 1
Total 77 7 6 1 7 1 32 1 2 0 124 10
Atlético Mineiro (loan) 2014[44] Série A 5 0 0 0 7[h] 0 7[i] 1 19 1
Valencia 2014–15[44] La Liga 35 6 3 0 38 6
Manchester City 2015–16[45] Premier League 30 1 2 0 5 0 11[f] 0 48 1
2016–17[46] Premier League 30 1 5 0 1 0 7[f] 0 43 1
2017–18[47] Premier League 34 4 2 0 2 0 8[f] 1 46 5
2018–19[48] Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 2[f] 0 1[j] 0 7 0
Total 97 6 9 0 9 0 28 1 1 0 144 7
Career total 254 20 18 1 16 1 81 2 10 1 379 25
  1. ^ Appearances in Taça de Portugal, FA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Taça da Liga, EFL Cup
  3. ^ Eight appearances in Copa Libertadores, six appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  6. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. ^ a b Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  8. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  9. ^ Appearances in Campeonato Mineiro
  10. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 16 October 2018[49]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina
2009 5 0
2010 5 0
2011 5 1
2012 0 0
2013 1 0
2014 2 0
2015 12 0
2016 13 2
2017 8 0
2018 8 1
Total 59 4

International goals[edit]

As of match played 30 June 2018. Argentina score listed first, score column indicates score after each Otamendi goal.[49]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 2011 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, India 12  Venezuela 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 10 June 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States 34  Panama 1–0 5–0 Copa América Centenario
3 6 September 2016 Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela 40  Venezuela 2–2 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 27 March 2018 Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain 53  Spain 1–2 1–6 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Vélez[44]

Porto[44]

Manchester City

Argentina[44]

Individual

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