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Ignacio María González Gatti, commonly known as Nacho González, (born 14 May 1982 in Montevideomarker) is an Uruguayanmarker footballer currently playing for Valencia CF, as a midfielder.

Club career

González's professional career began at Danubio FC, where he appeared in a total of 170 games, also netting 45 goals for the Montevideomarker-based club. During his time at Danubio, he won the Uruguayan League twice, in 2004 and 2007.

After his performances for Danubio, González eventually moved to Francemarker with AS Monaco FC in January 2008, being scarcely used during his six-month loan spell. On April 27, he netted in a 2-3 home loss against Olympique de Marseille.

González was then snapped by Valencia CF of the Spanish first division. However, on 1 September 2008, he joined Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season. This move was now infamously the final straw for then manager Kevin Keegan, who claimed he was forced to sign the player by the club's executive director, Dennis Wise, after only seeing him play on YouTube, and believing the player was not good enough for the team

González picked up a serious achilles tendon injury early into the season (with only two appearances under his belt), ruling him out of playing action for four months. Team coach Chris Hughton was quoted on the team's official website, in February 2009, as saying that González was recovering well, and was certain the player would feature again before his return to Valencia. However he did not, and returned to the Che in July 2009. A Premier League tribunal confirmed in October 2009 that the loan singing of González had been against manager Keegan's wishes, and was in breach of his contract, resulting in a compensation payout to Keegan. The deal was reportedly done by Wise and Mike Ashley, as a 'favour' for two South American agents.

International career

González made his debut for the Uruguayan national team in a 1-2 defeat to England on March 1, 2006, coming on as a late substitute at Anfieldmarker.

Subsequently, he was part of the 2007 Copa América squad which finished fourth. In the semifinal against Brazil, González was brought on at halftime, as the nation fought back to 2-2 to take the game into extra time. He then scored in the penalty shootout, but Uruguay were eliminated.

González scored his first international goal in a 3-1 friendly win over Japan on 20 August 2008, at the Sapporo Domemarker.

References

  1. Gonzalez signed after being watched on YouTube
  2. Gonzalez facing four months out
  3. Keegan wins £2m Newcastle damages


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