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Nicolás Lodeiro

Nicolás Lodeiro
Lodeiro playing for Uruguay in 2014
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez
Date of birth (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989
Place of birth Paysandú, Uruguay
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Boca Juniors
Number 14
Youth career
Barrio Obrero
2003–2007 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Nacional 41 (11)
2010–2012 Ajax 21 (2)
2012–2014 Botafogo 47 (7)
2014–2015 Corinthians 7 (0)
2015– Boca Juniors 21 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Uruguay U20 11 (5)
2009– Uruguay 34 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2014

Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 21 March 1989), commonly known as Nicolás Lodeiro, is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Argentine club Boca Juniors.

He has played professionally in Uruguay, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Argentina, winning the Eredivisie in both of his seasons at Ajax.

A full international since 2009, Lodeiro has earned over 30 caps for Uruguay. He was part of their squads which came fourth at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and won the 2011 Copa América.

Club career

Early career

Lodeiro was born in 1989 in Paysandú, which borders Argentina. It was here that he made his first steps as a footballer in the youth sides of local club Barrio Obrero. It wasn't too long before his talent was recognised by a local scout called Daniel López who nurtured him to play for the youth team at Nacional Montevideo aged only 14 years old.

Nacional

Four years later, at the age of 18, Lodeiro made his debut for the Nacional first team against Fénix on 19 August 2007. Later on in the year he also scored his first senior goal and it was clear to see that in Lodeiro, there was a new star in the making.

A year later, Lodeiro continued to make progress, securing more playing time and even scored against River Plate in the Pre-Libertadores playoff. But 2009 was the year that Lodeiro really began to make progress. His three goals and several assists in the Copa Libertadores helped Nacional to reach the semi finals of the tournament. In April 2009 he was named 58th highest scorer in the world by the IFFHS following his performance in the Copa Libertadores[1]

Lodeiro played a vital role for Nacional in the 2008/2009 Copa Libertadores, which saw Nacional reach the Semi-finals. From then on, Lodeiro has been considered one of the best youth players in the country.

Lodeiro is well known for his ability to glide past players with ease, due to his speed, close control and dribbling ability. He is also a very energetic player and his fitness ensures excellent movement on the pitch. Lodeiro likes to come towards a player in order to receive the ball and subsequently take control of play. However, he also likes to move wide towards the flanks and can often be found on both sides of the pitch and operating in the middle during the course of the same game. Lodeiro is two footed but has a particularly lethal left foot shot and is dangerous from free kicks.

Ajax

In January 2010, Lodeiro signed a contract with AFC Ajax until June 2012 with option of 2 more years.[2] He joined his fellow Uruguayans Bruno Silva and his friend Luis Suárez at Ajax. His first appearance for Ajax was as a substitute in the match against FC Twente on 7 February 2010. He marked his first goal against Go Ahead Eagles with Ajax on 25 March in the KNVB Beker. Because of an injury he sustained during the World Cup he didn't play a single match for Ajax in the 2010/2011 Eredivisie season. He did however make 19 appearances for Ajax the following season, scoring twice in the regular season, and once against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, all while helping Ajax to win their 31st league title.

Botafogo

On 20 July 2012 it was announced that Botafogo had signed Lodeiro to a four year contract, taking the young midfielder over to Rio de Janeiro from AFC Ajax for an undisclosed fee.[3] He was a key part of the squad that won the Campeonato Carioca in 2013 and qualified Botafogo for the 2014 Copa Libertadores after 18 years absent of the tournament. During his time with Botafogo, Lodeiro was part of Uruguay's 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.

Corinthians

On May 29, 2014, Lodeiro signed a four-year deal with Corinthians, for a R$4.5 million fee.[4]

Boca Juniors

In 2015, Lodeiro signed with Argentinian club Boca Juniors. In September 2015, Lodeiro scored against River Plate in the Superclásico.[5]

International career

Under-20

During 2009, Lodeiro also progressed on the international scene with good performances for the Uruguay under-20 national team. This included outstanding performances at a South American under-20 tournament in Venezuela where he scored three goals and led Uruguay to third place. He also contributed impressively at the FIFA under-20 tournament in Egypt,[6] scoring two goals in four matches.

Senior

His senior international debut for Uruguay came against Costa Rica, in the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL 2010 World Cup Play-Off. He played both legs of the play-off and, in the second leg at home, was named player of the match for Uruguay.[7]

2010 FIFA World Cup

Lodeiro at the World Cup.

Lodeiro played for Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and, in Uruguay's opening match against France, was the first player to receive a red card at the tournament.[8]

2011 Copa América

Lodeiro was a member of the Uruguay national team that won the 2011 Copa América in Argentina.[9]

International goals

Olympic team

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 26 July 2012 Old Trafford, Manchester, England  United Arab Emirates 2–1 2–1 (W) 2012 Olympics Games

Senior team

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 23 June 2011 Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera, Rivera, Uruguay  Estonia 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 23 June 2013 Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil  Tahiti 5–0 8–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
3. 13 November 2013 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Jordan 0-3 0-5 2014 World Cup qualification

Career statistics

As of August 25, 2014.[10]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Uruguay League Cup South America Total
2007–08 Nacional Primera División 8 0 - - 2 0 - - 10 0
2008–09 25 4 - - 10 4 - - 35 8
2009–10 8 7 - - - - - - 8 7
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2009–10 Ajax Eredivisie 8 0 2 1 - - - - 10 1
2010–11 - - - - - - - - - -
2011–12 13 2 1 0 5 1 - - 19 3
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America State League Total
2012 Botafogo Série A 18 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 19 3
2013 26 5 8 1 0 0 16 8 50 14
2014 Corinthians Série A 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Argentina League Copa Argentina South America Total
2015 Boca Juniors Primera División 16 3 2 0 6 1 - - 24 4
Total Uruguay 41 11 - - 12 4 0 0 53 15
Netherlands 21 2 3 1 5 1 0 0 29 4
Brazil 51 7 9 1 1 1 16 8 77 17
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 114 21 12 2 17 6 16 8 160 37

National team

Uruguay national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 2 0
2010 5 0
2011 5 1
2012 2 0
2013 10 2
2014 ? ?
2015 ? ?
Total 24 3

Honours

Club

Nacional
Ajax
Botafogo
Boca Juniors

International

Uruguay

References

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  4. ^ No Uruguai, Lodeiro assina contrato e defenderá Corinthians por quatro anos In Uruguay, Lodeiro signs contract and will defend Corinthians for four years); UOL Esporte, 29 May 2014 (Portuguese)
  5. ^ http://www.cadena3.com/contenido/2015/09/13/Con-gol-de-Lodeiro-Boca-le-gano-a-River-y-es-el-unico-lider-151469.asp
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External links

  • Official website
  • Player profile (Spanish)
  • Nicolás Lodeiro at ESPN FC
  • Detailed Player Profile (Spanish)
  • Nicolás Lodeiro profile at Soccerway
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