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Ignacio Gonzalez

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 18
  • Date of birth: 14 May, 1982 (28 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (180cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
1 Ignacio Gonzalez
0|0 Ignacio Gonzalez
0 As substitute
49|38 Total Uruguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Uruguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Ignacio Gonzalez
0 Ignacio Gonzalez
11 Total Uruguay
9 Total Uruguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|1 Ignacio Gonzalez
0|0 Ignacio Gonzalez
80|95 Total Uruguay
10|2 Total Uruguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Uruguay games played

  1. Uruguay 0-0 France
    Friday, 11 June Match report
  2. South Africa 0-3 Uruguay
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  3. Mexico 0-1 Uruguay
    Tuesday, 22 June Match report
  4. Uruguay 2-1 South Korea
    Saturday, 26 June Match report
  5. Uruguay 1-1 Ghana
    Friday, 2 July Match report
  6. Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands
    Tuesday, 6 July Match report
  7. Uruguay 2-3 Germany
    Saturday, 10 July Match report

Player Profile

The creative midfielder featured in five of the first six qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup but found himself out of favour with coach Oscar Tabarez for 18 months, returning to the squad in March this year. He made his international debut in 2006 against England at Anfield.

Gonzalez played for Danubio in his homeland between 2002 and 2008, hitting 44 goals in 144 league games and winning two league titles (2004 and 2007). He moved on loan to Monaco in 2008 and was snapped up by Valencia six months later ahead of the 2008/09 season.

After only a few months in Spain he was brought to Newcastle on loan by the club's executive director Dennis Wise, against the wishes of Magpies manager Kevin Keegan, who quit in protest.

The transfer was central to Keegan's successful compensation claim against Newcastle, when it emerged the former England boss had only seen Gonzalez on YouTube and did not think he was good enough for the Premier League. Gonzalez would only make two substitute appearances for Newcastle before returning to Valencia.

In January this year he moved on loan to Greek side Levadiakos, making 14 appearances as the club were relegated from the Greek Super League. He has yet to play a game for Valencia.

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