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Nicolás González (footballer, born 1998)

Nicolás González
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Iván González
Date of birth (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth Escobar, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information

Current team

VfB Stuttgart
Number 22
Youth career
2005–2016 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Argentinos Juniors 44 (11)
2018– VfB Stuttgart 62 (19)
National team
2019 Argentina Olympic 3 (0)
2019– Argentina 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:27, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:27, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Nicolás Iván González (born 6 April 1998) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for VfB Stuttgart and the Argentina national team.[1]

Club career[edit]

After over ten years in the club's youth system,[2][3] 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.[1] 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.[1] In total, González made twenty appearances in 2016–17, a season which ended with Argentinos winning promotion to the Argentine Primera División.[1][4][5] He scored on his first top-flight start, scoring the opening goal in a defeat to Belgrano.[1]

On 10 July 2018, González signed a five-year contract with VfB Stuttgart.[6] He scored twice on his unofficial debut for the club, netting in a friendly victory over FV Illertissen on 18 July.[7] His first competitive goal arrived during a home loss to Schalke 04 on 22 December.[1] 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.[8] He scored consecutive braces in June 2020 against Sandhausen and Nürnberg; the latter fixture was his 100th league appearance for Stuttgart.[1][9]

On 25 November 2020, González extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2024.[10]

International career[edit]

In July 2019, González received a call-up from the Argentina Olympic Team for that year's Pan American Games in Peru.[11] 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.[1] Months later, González was selected by Lionel Scaloni's senior team for the first time ahead of October friendlies with Germany and Ecuador.[12][13] 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.[1]

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.[1] He netted again days later versus Peru.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 November 2020.[1]

International[edit]

As of 17 November 2020[1]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2019 3 0
2020 2 2
Total 5 2

International goals[edit]

As of 17 November 2020
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[1]

Honours[edit]

Argentinos Juniors[1]

International[edit]

Argentina[14]

Individual[edit]

VfB Stuttgart[17]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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