Adrián Luna

Adrián Nicolás Luna Retamar (born 12 April 1992) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters.

Adrián Luna
Adrian Luna Kerala (cropped).jpg
Luna with Kerala Blasters in 2021
Personal information
Full name Adrián Nicolás Luna Retamar
Date of birth (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 30)
Place of birth Tacuarembó, Uruguay
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kerala Blasters
Number 20
Youth career
Progreso
Montevideo Wanderers
Defensor Sporting
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Defensor Sporting 38 (4)
2011–2013 Espanyol 0 (0)
2011–2012Gimnàstic (loan) 18 (2)
2012Sabadell (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2013Nacional (loan) 20 (3)
2013–2015 Defensor Sporting 51 (12)
2015–2019 Veracruz 89 (7)
2015–2016Venados (loan) 23 (5)
2019–2021 Melbourne City 49 (8)
2021– Kerala Blasters 23 (6)
National team
2009 Uruguay U17 5 (1)
2011 Uruguay U20 14 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:24, 20 March 2022 (UTC

Club careerEdit

Youth and early careerEdit

Born in Tacuarembó, Luna began his youth career at academies of Progreso, Montevideo Wanderers and Defensor Sporting in Uruguay. He was eventually promoted to Defensor's U-19 and first team in 2010. Luna made his first team debut with Defensor Sporting, on 6 February 2010, against Nacional.[1] In the 2010–11 season Luna was a regular starter for Defensor. He played 41 matches for Uruguayan club, and scored 6 goals. On 23 May 2011, Luna signed a contract with La Liga club Espanyol, with a €1 million fee.[2]

On 17 August 2011, Luna was loaned to Segunda División club Gimnàstic.[3] However, in January 2012, Luna returned to Espanyol and signed a contract with CE Sabadell, in a six-month loan.[4] In August 2012, Luna was loaned to Club Nacional de Football, returned to his country. On 2 September 2013, his contract with Espanyol was rescinded.[5]

On 18 September 2013, he returned to Defensor and stayed at the club for two seasons.[6]

C.D. VeracruzEdit

In September 2015, Luna moved to Mexico where he joined Liga MX club C.D. Veracruz on a two-year deal.[7][8] On 4 September 2015, He was loaned out to Venados and represented the Mexican club for one season.[9] He returned from loan in 2016,[10] and went on to play for Veracruz in three seasons.

Melbourne CityEdit

 
Luna scoring goal against Western United in 2020

On 19 July 2019, Luna signed for Australian club Melbourne City on a two-year deal.[11] In July 2021, Luna left the club at the end of his contract, having scored 8 goals in 51 appearances.[12]

Kerala BlastersEdit

2021–22: Debut seasonEdit

 
Luna in practice with Kerala Blasters in 2021

On 22 July 2021, Kerala Blasters announced that Luna had joined the Indian Super League club on a two-year deal.[13][14] He made his debut for the club on 11 September 2021 against Indian Navy in the 2021 Durand Cup tournament. Luna scored from a penalty during the match and became the club's first ever goalscorer in Durand Cup.[15] He made his first league appearance in the season opener against ATK Mohun Bagan FC on 19 November, which ended in a 4–2 defeat for Kerala Blasters.[16][17][18] He was the assist provider of the second goal scored by Jorge Pereyra Díaz for the Blasters in the game.[19] On 5 December 2021, Luna helped the Blasters to register their first victory of the season against Odisha FC by providing two assists in a match which they won 2–1, and was the recipient of the man of the match award in the game.[20][21] He was again awarded with the man of the match award in the next game against SC East Bengal on 12 December, which they drew 1–1.[22] Disappointed by the match officials, Luna expressed his frustration on the referees in the post-match conference.[23][24] Luna's outstanding performances for the club continued as he scored his league debut goal in the Blasters' 0–3 victory over rivals Chennaiyin FC on 22 December, and was again awarded with the man of the match award.[25][26] On 2 January 2022, he scored his second goal in the match against FC Goa, where he scored a long-ranger from 30 yards out in a match that ended in a 2–2 draw.[27][28] After the club captain Jessel Carnerio was declared injured,[29] Luna was given the captain arm's band, and played his first match as the captain against Odisha in the second phase of the season, where he assisted for two goals that helped Kerala Blasters to win the game 0–2 on 12 January 2022.[30][31] He scored a brace against ATK Mohun Bagan on 19 February, where he netted his first goal through a free-kick, and following from the edge of the penalty box.[32] The match in a 2–2 draw at full-time.[33] Luna scored another free-kick in the following match against Chennaiyin on 26 February, which ensured the Blasters a 3–0 victory.[34] His goal in the second leg of the semi-final match against Jamshedpur FC on 15 March sealed the Blasters a place in the final, as the Blasters won 2–1 on aggregate score, and qualified for the finals for the third time in their history.[35][36]

International careerEdit

 
Luna (jersey number 7) lining up with teammates of Uruguay U-20 in August 2011

Luna has been capped by the Uruguay national under-17 football team for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He has also represented Uruguay national under-20 football team for the 2011 South American Youth Championship and the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He has totally made 19 appearances across both the age groups.[37]

U20 International goalsEdit

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 30 September 2010 Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Nigeria   Spain 1–0 3–3 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2. 30 September 2010 Estadio Campeones Olímpicos, Florida, Uruguay   Chile 1–0 5–0 Friendly
3. 22 January 2011 Estadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi, Arequipa, Peru   Chile 0–3 0–4 2011 South American Youth Championship
4. 31 January 2011 Estadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi, Arequipa, Peru   Colombia 1–0 1–0 2011 South American Youth Championship
5. 6 February 2011 Estadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi, Arequipa, Peru   Chile 1–0 1–0 2011 South American Youth Championship
6. 11 July 2011 Complejo Uruguay Celeste, Canelones, Uruguay   Guatemala 2–0 7–0 Friendly
7. 4–0
8. 2 August 2011 Estadio Pascual Guerrero, Cali, Colombia   New Zealand 1–1 1–1 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 20 March 2022[38]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defensor Sporting 2009–10 Primera División 13 0 13 0
2010–11 Primera División 25 4 5[a] 2 30 6
Total 38 4 5 2 43 6
Espanyol 2011–12 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gimnàstic Tarragona (loan) 2011–12 Segunda División 18 2 1 0 19 2
Sabadell (loan) 2011–12 Segunda División 12 0 0 0 12 0
Nacional 2012–13 Primera División 20 3 4[b] 1 24 4
Defensor Sporting 2013–14 Primera División 21 4 7[c] 1 28 5
2014–15 Primera División 28 7 1[a] 0 29 7
2015–16 Primera División 2 1 2 1
Total 51 12 8 1 59 13
Venados (loan) 2015–16 Ascenso MX 23 5 3 0 26 5
Veracruz 2016–17 Liga MX 27 2 6 1 1[d] 0 34 3
2017–18 Liga MX 33 4 2 0 35 4
2018–19 Liga MX 29 1 4 0 33 1
Total 89 7 13 1 102 8
Melbourne City 2019–20 A-League 25 5 5 0 30 5
2020–21 A-League 24 3 0 0 24 3
Total 49 8 5 0 54 8
Kerala Blasters 2021–22 Indian Super League 23 6 2[e] 1 25 7
Career total 323 45 22 2 17 4 2 1 364 53
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ Two appearances and one goal in Copa Sudamericana, 2 appearances in Copa Libertadores
  3. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  4. ^ Appearances in Supercopa MX
  5. ^ Appearances in Durand Cup

HonoursEdit

Melbourne City

Kerala Blasters

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nacional vs. Defensor Sporting 0-1". Archived from the original on 21 July 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ Official: Espanyol sign Juan Angel Albin & Adrian Luna Archived 26 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine Goal.com
  3. ^ Luna llega cedido hasta Junio (Luna arrives on loan until June) Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine; Gimnàstic de Tarragona, 17 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Adrián Luna, nou jugador del CE Sabadell (Adrián Luna, CE Sabadell's new player); CE Sabadell, 30 January 2012 (in Catalan)
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