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Alvaro Gonzalez

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Alvaro Gonzalez, nicknamed El Tata (the wise one), was born in Montevideo on October 29 1984. He began his career in the youth teams of Defensor Sporting and continued until he reached the A team. With Defensor he won a Copa Artigas in 2005-06. In 2007 he went to play in Argentina with the famous Boca Juniors but, after having won the Torneo de Apertura, he suffered a severe knee injury and missed most of the season. In 2009 he went back to Uruguay and signed for Nacional.

He came to Lazio in the summer of 2010. An excellent defensive midfielder, he was often used on the right wing and sometimes even as right back. He was dynamic, tough and fast. He stayed with Lazio for four and a half years and was part of the team that won the historic Coppa Italia against Roma in 2013. As a matter of fact, he scored a decisive goal in the semi-final return leg against Juventus

He played 146 games for Lazio (113 in Serie A, 11 in Coppa Italia and 22 in Europa League) and scored 7 goals (4 in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia and one in Europa League).

In January 2015 he was loaned to Torino but played very little and in 2016 he went on loan to Atlas in Mexico. He returned to Nacional in 2017 and played his last two years.

Gonzalez was a very important player for his national team. He played 72 times for his country with three goals. He won the Copa America in 2011 and played in the World Cup of 2014.

Lazio Career


Total appearances (goals)

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Europa League


22 (2)

19 (1)

3 (1)



40 (1)

31 81)




49 (3)

34 (1)

4 (1)

11 (1)


30 (1)

25 (1)



2014-Jan 2015






146 (7)

113 (4)

11 (2)

22 (1)



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