Nicolás González (footballer, born 1998)

Nicolás Iván González (born 6 April 1998) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Fiorentina and the Argentina national team.

Nicolás González
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González playing for VfB Stuttgart in 2019
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Iván González[1]
Date of birth (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24)
Place of birth Escobar, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina
Number 22
Youth career
2005–2016 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Argentinos Juniors 44 (11)
2018–2021 VfB Stuttgart 72 (22)
2021– Fiorentina 39 (8)
International career
2019 Argentina Olympic 3 (3)
2019– Argentina 21 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:09, 22 October 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 5 June 2022

Club careerEdit

Argentinos JuniorsEdit

After over ten years in the club's youth system,[3][4] González made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors in a 2015–16 Copa Argentina defeat to Deportivo Laferrere of Primera C Metropolitana in July 2016.[2] He made his Primera B Nacional debut on 28 August against San Martín prior to scoring the first of his four goals in 2016–17 on 23 April 2017, getting the winner versus Atlético Paraná.[2] In total, González made twenty appearances in 2016–17, a season which ended with Argentinos winning promotion to the Argentine Primera División.[2][5][6] He scored on his first top-flight start, scoring the opening goal in a defeat to Belgrano.[2]

VfB StuttgartEdit

On 10 July 2018, González signed a five-year contract with VfB Stuttgart.[7] He scored twice on his unofficial debut for the club, netting in a friendly victory over FV Illertissen on 18 July.[8] His first competitive goal arrived during a home loss to Schalke 04 on 22 December.[2] They were relegated at the end of 2018–19, with González subsequently scoring the winner on his 2. Bundesliga bow against FC St. Pauli on 17 August 2019.[9] He scored consecutive braces in June 2020 against Sandhausen and Nürnberg; the latter fixture was his 100th league appearance for Stuttgart.[2][10]

On 25 November 2020, González extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2024.[11]

FiorentinaEdit

On 23 June 2021, González signed a five-year contract with Serie A club Fiorentina until 2026.[12] On 13 August, González made his debut for Fiorentina in a 4–0 win against Serie B side Cosenza in the first round of Coppa Italia scoring the second goal in the 37th minute.[13]

International careerEdit

In July 2019, González received a call-up from the Argentina Olympic Team for that year's Pan American Games in Peru.[14] After receiving a red card on debut versus Ecuador, he played again in the semi-final and the gold medal match when Argentina won the tournament.[2] Months later, González was selected by Lionel Scaloni's senior team for the first time ahead of October friendlies with Germany and Ecuador.[15][16] He did not feature in the matchday squad against Germany, but did appear for his international bow during a 6–1 victory over Ecuador at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero in Elche on 13 October.[2]

González scored his first goal for Argentina on 12 November 2020 in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Paraguay during a crucial match that ended 1–1.[2] He netted again days later versus Peru.

González was a member of the 2021 Copa América winning side, making five appearances in the tournament, four as a starter and one as substitute in the final against Brazil. He was also called up to Argentina's 2022 FIFA World Cup squad, but was forced to withdraw with a muscular injury three days before the start of the tournament, being replaced by Ángel Correa.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

On 26 October 2021 he tested positive for COVID-19.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 22 October 2022[2]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentinos Juniors 2016–17 Primera B Nacional 20 4 2 0 0 0 22 4
2017–18 Argentine Primera División 24 7 1 0 0 0 25 7
Total 44 11 3 0 0 0 47 11
VfB Stuttgart 2018–19 Bundesliga 30 2 1 0 2[b] 0 33 2
2019–20 2. Bundesliga 27 14 2 1 29 15
2020–21 Bundesliga 15 6 2 0 17 6
Total 72 22 5 1 2 0 79 23
Fiorentina 2021–22 Serie A 33 7 6 1 39 8
2022–23 Serie A 6 1 0 0 4[c] 3 10 4
Total 39 8 6 1 4 3 49 12
Career total 155 41 14 2 4 3 2 0 175 46

InternationalEdit

As of match played 5 June 2022[2]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2019 3 0
2020 2 2
2021 10 0
2022 6 1
Total 21 3
As of match played 25 March 2022.[2]
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each González goal.
List of international goals scored by Nicolás González
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 12 November 2020 La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina 4   Paraguay 1–1 1–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [2]
2 17 November 2020 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru 5   Peru 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 25 March 2022 La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina 18   Venezuela 1–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

Argentinos Juniors[2]

Argentina Olympic

Argentina[19]

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Squad list: Argentina (ARG)" (PDF). FIFA. 15 November 2022. p. 1. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Nicolás González profile". Soccerway. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Nicolás González profile". Argentinos Juniors. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Conociendo a Nicolás González". Argentinos Juniors. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Nicolás González profile". BDFA. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  6. ^ "¡Gritalo Bicho!: González y el gol del ascenso". TyC Sports. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  7. ^ "VfB sign Nicolás Gonzalez". VfB Stuttgart. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Debut brace". VfB Stuttgart. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Überglücklicher Nicolas Gonzalez". Stuttgarter Nachrichten. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Nicolas Gonzalez scores twice for Stuttgart as Bundesliga promotion nears". Mundo Albiceleste. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Nicolas Gonzalez signs contract extension". VfB Stuttgart. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  12. ^ "WELCOME NICOLAS GONZALEZ". ACF Fiorentina. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Buona la prima per Italiano: poker della Fiorentina al Cosenza. Sugli scudi Vlahovic e Nico Gonzalez". Fiorentinanews.com | Calciomercato Fiorentina Notizie Viola (in Italian). 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Lista de convocados de la Selección Sub 23 para los Juegos Panamericanos". AFA. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Lista de convocados de la Selección Mayor y Sub 23 para la doble fecha FIFA de octubre". AFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Quién es Nicolás González, el juvenil que juega en la B de Alemania y fue titular en la Selección". Clarín. 12 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  17. ^ @Argentina (17 November 2022). "#SelecciónMayor Tras el entrenamiento de hoy, el futbolista Nicolás González sufrió una lesión muscular y quedará desafectado de la nómina mundialista. En su reemplazo, el CT de @Argentina, convoca a Ángel Correa" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "CONVOCATI E REPORT MEDICO GONZALEZ". Fiorentina. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  19. ^ "La selección de fútbol vence a Honduras y se queda con la medalla dorada de los Juegos Panamericanos". Infobae. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Italy 0–3 Argentina: Messi and Di Maria shine in impressive Finalissima win". BBC Sport. 1 June 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Watch: Nicolas Gonzalez named January's Rookie of the Month". Bundesliga. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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