Nilson Loyola

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Nilson Loyola
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Loyola training with Peru at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Nilson Evair Loyola Morales
Date of birth (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Sporting Cristal
Number 29
Youth career
2004–2013 Sporting Cristal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Melgar 113 (10)
2019 Goiás 0 (0)
2019– Sporting Cristal 1 (0)
National team
2016– Peru 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Nilson Evair Loyola Morales (born 26 October 1994) is a Peruvian footballer who plays for Goiás as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Loyola was born in Lima, and started his career as a forward with Sporting Cristal, joining their youth setup in 2004 at the age of ten. He left the club in 2013, after being converted to a left winger.[2]

Loyola joined FBC Melgar in January 2014, initially appearing with the reserves. He made his first team debut on 22 February, starting in a 2–0 away win against Sport Huancayo for the year's Copa Inca.[3]

After another match in the same tournament, Loyola would subsequently spend the rest of the year with the B-side, only returning to the main squad in a 1–1 Torneo Descentralizado home draw against Real Garcilaso, which ensured Melgar's Clausura title.[4]

Loyola was definitely promoted to the main squad ahead of the 2016 season by manager Juan Reynoso, and became an undisputed starter for the side. He scored his first goal for the club on 18 May 2016, netting the equalizer in a 2–1 away loss against former side Sporting Cristal.[5]

On 27 December 2018 Goiás announced the signing of Loyola.[6]

International career[edit]

On 22 August 2016 Loyola was called up by Peru national team manager Ricardo Gareca for two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Bolivia and Ecuador,[7] but remained unused in both matches. He only made his international debut on 11 November, coming on as a second half substitute for Miguel Trauco in a 4–1 away routing of Paraguay.[8]

On 16 November 2016, as Trauco was suspended, Loyola was handed his first start in a 2–0 home loss against Brazil.[9]

In May 2018 he was named in Peru's provisional 24 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[10]

Career statistics[edit]


Statistics accurate as of match played 9 September 2018.[11]
Year Apps Goals
2016 2 0
2017 1 0
2018 2 0
Total 5 0




  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 21 June 2018. p. 21.
  2. ^ "Nilson Loyola: 10 cosas que no sabías del lateral de nombre brasileño" [Nilson Loyola: 10 things you did not know about the full back with Brazilian name] (in Spanish). D'Enganche. 14 November 2016. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Melgar hizo respetar su casa ante Sport Huancayo" [Melgar used their home advantage against Sport Huancayo] (in Spanish). Perú.com. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Melgar, campeón del Clausura: venció a Real Garcilaso" [Melgar, champion of the Clausura: defeated Real Garcilaso] (in Spanish). 3 December 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Sporting Cristal derrotó 2–1 a Melgar por el Torneo Clausura" [Sporting Cristal defeated Melgar by 2–1 for the Torneo Clausura] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. ^ Goiás oficializa a contratação do lateral peruano Nilson Loyola,, 27 December 2018
  7. ^ "Perú realizará aclimatación en la altura de Cuzco para su partido contra Bolivia" [Peru will make the warm-up in Cuzco's altitude to their match against Bolivia] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Eliminatorias Rusia 2018: Perú consigue histórico triunfo por 4 a 1 de visitante ante Paraguay" [Russia 2018 qualifiers: Peru get historical triumph by 4–1 away against Paraguay] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Eliminatorias Rusia 2018: Brasil vence 2-0 a Perú y queda a las puertas del Mundial" [Russia 2018 qualifiers: Brazil defeat Peru by 2–0 and stay one foot away from the World Cup] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
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  11. ^ "Nilson Loyola". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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