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Mariano González
Personal information
Full name Mariano Nicolás González
Date of birth May 5, 1981 (1981-05-05) (age 28)
Place of birth    Tandil, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current club Porto
Number 11
Youth career

Racing Club
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Racing Club
Inter (loan)
Porto (loan)
64 (14)
51 (4)
14 (0)
21 (2)
33 (5)   
National team2
2003– Argentina 9 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18 December 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mariano Nicolás González (born May 5, 1981) is an Argentine footballer who plays for F.C. Porto.

He can operate as both an attacking midfielder or a winger.


Club career

Born in Tandil, Buenos Aires, González started his career at Racing Club de Avellaneda, arriving at 17 from neighbouring Club Atlético Independiente; he made his professional debuts at 21, under legendary Osvaldo Ardiles, and went on to appear in 64 first division match, notably scoring the 4–3 winner over Boca Juniors.

In 2004, González left for Italy, signing with U.S. Città di Palermo, going on to feature regularly during two seasons, especially the second.

For 2006–07, he was loaned to F.C. Internazionale Milano, where he failed to break into the starting lineup, barred by the likes of Dejan Stanković and Luís Figo. Later, Inter opted not to renew the loan deal, and Palermo subsequently accepted a similar request by F.C. Porto on July 17, 2007.[1]

After Ricardo Quaresma's sale to precisely Inter, González was acquired on a permanent basis by the Portuguese, for 3,25 million, rejoining former Palermo teammate (and countryman) Ernesto Farías, and began to feature more prominently, notabling scoring in the last minute to level it 2–2 at Manchester United, for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals,[2] while also being an important part of the northerners' back-to-back league conquests (he also won the competition while on loan).

International career

González won his first cap for Argentina in 2003, under Marcelo Bielsa. The following year, he was summoned for the Copa América as the nation finished second, and also played olympic football at the 2004 Summer Games, winning gold.


Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's Football
Gold 2004 Athens Team Competition




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