Lodeiro playing for Uruguay in 2014
|Full name||Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez|
|Date of birth||21 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Paysandú, Uruguay|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|Seattle Sounders FC|
|2016–||Seattle Sounders FC||13||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2016.
Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlaz loˈðeiɾo]; born 21 March 1989), commonly known as Nicolás Lodeiro, is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders FC and the Uruguay national team.
Lodeiro has played professionally in Uruguay, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, winning the Eredivisie in both of his seasons at Ajax, and winning the domestic double in 2015 with Boca Juniors.
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.
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
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.
In January 2010, Lodeiro signed a contract with AFC Ajax until June 2012 with option of 2 more years. 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.
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. 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.
In 2015, Lodeiro signed with Argentinian club Boca Juniors. In September 2015, Lodeiro scored against River Plate in the Superclásico. On 4 November 2015, Lodeiro scored a penalty in the 2015 Copa Argentina Final helping Boca defeat Rosario Central 2–0, and secure their domestic double.
Seattle Sounders FC
In the summer of 2016 Lodeiro was widely rumored to be moving to the Seattle Sounders of MLS. In an interview at the Buenos Aires airport Lodeiro bid farewell to the Boca Juniors fans amid reports that he would join the Sounders pending his physical. He officially signed on July 27, 2016.
He made his debut July 31, 2016 starting in the midfield and going the full 90 minutes. Pundits soon began hailing the midfielder and hoping for better to come. The MLS website has an article in which it states "Lodeiro was quickly the hub for his team, notching 124 total touches, the fourth-highest total this season, in addition to making a whopping 94 passes, the most for Seattle and 14th most this season."
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, scoring two goals in four matches.
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.
Lodeiro was a member of the Uruguay national team that won the 2011 Copa América in Argentina.
Lodeiro was a member of the Uruguay national team that participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He started two matches and came in as a substitute in a third.
Lodeiro was a member of the Uruguay national team that participated in the 2016 Copa América Centenario in the United States. Lodeiro started two matches and came in as a substitute in a third, acquiring one assist total.
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||South America||State League||Total|
|Argentina||League||Copa Argentina||South America||–||Total|
|2015||Boca Juniors||Primera División||21||3||5||2||5||1||-||-||31||6|
|United States||League||MLS Cup||North America||Open Cup||Total|
|Uruguay national team|
- Olympic team
|1||26 July 2012||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||United Arab Emirates||2–1||2–1 (W)||2012 Olympics Games|
- National team
|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 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||6 October 2016||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Venezuela||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Boca Juniors
- "Nicolás Lodeiro, entre los mejores del mundo". Larepublica.com. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- "Ajax contracteert Nicolás Lodeiro" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Official: Botafogo signs Nicolás Lodeiro from Ajax". Goal.com. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- 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)
- "Match Report". 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
- "10 Best Young Players at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2009". Just-Football.com. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
- "Uruguay vs Costa Rica". Goal.com. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "Uruguay's Lodeiro gets World Cup's first red card". The Times of India. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
- "Minnows impress as the Copa América gets underway". ESPN. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
- Nicolás Lodeiro profile at Soccerway
- Nicolás Lodeiro at National-Football-Teams.com
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- Nicolás Lodeiro at ESPN FC
- Detailed Player Profile (Spanish)
- Nicolás Lodeiro profile at Soccerway