Nicolás Otamendi

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Nicolás Otamendi
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Otamendi with Argentina at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full nameNicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi [1]
Date of birth (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 31) [2]
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [2] [3]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 30
Youth career
1995–2007 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
2007–2010 Vélez Sarsfield 40 (1)
2010–2014 Porto 77 (7)
2014–2015 Valencia 35 (6)
2014Atlético Mineiro (loan) 5 (0)
2015– Manchester City 106 (6)
National team
2009– Argentina 59 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10:58, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:19, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi (Spanish pronunciation:  [nikoˈlas otaˈmendi] ; born 12 February 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team.

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He played for Vélez Sarsfield and Porto in his early career, winning eight major titles with the latter including three Primeira Liga championships and the 2011 Europa League. He signed for Manchester City in 2015 from Valencia (with the latter club also loaning him to Atlético Mineiro of Brazil for four months), winning the Premier League in 2017–18 as well as three League Cups.

Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield association football club

Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield is an Argentine sports club based in Liniers, Buenos Aires. Its football team plays in Primera División, the highest level of the Argentine league system. Founded in 1910, the club has spent most of its history in the top tier of Argentine football. The club's home ground is the 49,540-capacity José Amalfitani stadium, where they have played since 1951.

FC Porto association football club based in Porto, Portugal

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An Argentina international since 2009, Otamendi represented his country at two World Cups and as many Copas América, in which he contributed to consecutive runner-up finishes.

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Club career


Born in Buenos Aires, Otamendi made his Primera División debut for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield on 10 May 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Rosario Central for the Clausura tournament. [4] During manager Hugo Tocalli's spell he was only fifth-choice stopper, behind Waldo Ponce, Fernando Tobio, Marco Torsiglieri and Mariano Uglessich. However, his role in the first team changed during Ricardo Gareca's first season as head coach, the 2009 Clausura: he replaced Ponce for the third game after the Chilean was injured while playing for his national team, [4] and eventually won a starting position alongside Sebastián Domínguez, [4] playing 17 of the 19 games in Vélez's winning campaign. [5]

Buenos Aires Place in Argentina

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent's southeastern coast. "Buenos Aires" can be translated as "fair winds" or "good airs", but the former was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century, by the use of the original name "Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre". The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas, with a population of around 15.6 million.

Argentine Primera División Primera División

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Rosario Central sports club based in Rosario, Argentina

Club Atlético Rosario Central is a sports club based in Rosario, Argentina, that plays in the Argentine Primera División. The club was officially founded December 24, 1889 by a group of railway workers, taking its name from the British-owned Central Argentine Railway company. One of the oldest Argentine teams, it is considered a pioneer in its hometown and the only one of current Rosarian teams to have won an international title organised by CONMEBOL, the Copa Conmebol, won by the club in 1995.

Otamendi scored his first professional goal during the 2009 Apertura, in a 3–1 victory over Arsenal de Sarandí. During that season he also made his debuts in an international club competition, appearing in the Copa Sudamericana; in recognition of his performances throughout the year he was chosen for the South American Team of the Year, in a traditional continent-wide journalists' poll conducted by the newspaper El País . [6]

Arsenal de Sarandí football club from Sarandí, Argentina

Arsenal Fútbol Club, usually referred as Arsenal de Sarandí[aɾseˈnal de saɾanˈdi], is an Argentine sports club from the Sarandí district of Avellaneda Partido, Greater Buenos Aires.

The 2009 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes is the 8th edition of the CONMEBOL's secondary international club tournament. Internacional were the defending champions, having won the trophy the previous season. Ecuadorian side LDU Quito won the 2009 tournament, becoming the first Ecuadorian winners of the trophy.

Copa Sudamericana South American association football tournament for clubs

The CONMEBOL Sudamericana, named as Copa Sudamericana is an annual international club football competition organized by the CONMEBOL since 2002. It is the second-most prestigious club competition in South American football. CONCACAF clubs were invited between 2004 and 2008. The CONMEBOL Sudamericana began in 2002, replacing the separate competitions Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur by a single competition. Since its introduction, the competition has been a pure elimination tournament with the number of rounds and teams varying from year to year.


On 23 August 2010, Otamendi was transferred to Portuguese side FC Porto on a €4 million fee, signing a five-year contract. [7] Vélez also retained 50% of his registration rights, with the player having a pre-set price of another €4 million to be met by Porto prior to September 2011. [8] He netted in his first match, a 2–0 home victory over S.C. Olhanense, [9] finishing his first season with 15 appearances and five goals (notably both in a 2–0 away win against S.C. Braga) [10] as the northerners won the Primeira Liga championship.

S.C. Olhanense Sports club in Portugal

Sporting Clube Olhanense is a Portuguese sports club from Olhão, Algarve.

The 2010–11 Primeira Liga was the 77th season of the Primeira Liga, the top professional league for Portuguese association football clubs. It began on 15 August 2010 and ended on 14 May 2011. A total of 16 teams contested the league, 14 of which already took part in the previous season and two of which were promoted from the Liga de Honra. Benfica were the defending champions but finished runners-up to Porto, who won their 25th league title in the club's first-ever unbeaten season. Porto's forward Hulk was the top scorer with 23 goals.

S.C. Braga association football team from Braga,Portugal

Sporting Clube de Braga, commonly known as Sporting de Braga or just Braga, is a Portuguese sports club from the city of Braga. Its football team plays in the Primeira Liga at the Estádio Municipal de Braga.

On 6 September 2011, Porto exercised the rights to sign the remainder of Otamendi's playing rights. [11] [12] He played 30 official games during the season to help the club to another two major titles, notably the back-to-back domestic league.


Otamendi with Valencia in 2015 Nicolas Otamendi 2015 (cropped).jpg
Otamendi with Valencia in 2015

On 5 February 2014, Otamendi was sold to Valencia CF in La Liga for €12 million, on a five-year contract starting on 1 July. [13] He was immediately loaned to Clube Atlético Mineiro in Brazil, [14] and played 19 times for the team from Belo Horizonte, scoring once to open a 4–1 win at city rivals América Futebol Clube (MG) on 23 March in the first leg of the semi-finals of the state championship. [15] [16]

Otamendi made his debut in the Spanish top level on 23 August 2014, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Sevilla FC. [17] He scored his first goal for his new club on 4 October, helping to a 3–1 home success over Atlético Madrid. [18]

On 4 January 2015, Otamendi headed Valencia's winner in a 2–1 home win over Real Madrid, ending their opponents' club record 22-match winning streak as a result. [19] After helping Los Che qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in four years, becoming the first club stopper to score six goals in the league in the process, [20] he was the only player from his team to be named in the La Liga Team of the Year. [21]

Manchester City

Late into the 2015 pre-season, Otamendi refused to train or play with Valencia to avoid thwarting his chances of signing with another club. [22] On 20 August, he joined Manchester City on a five-year deal for an initial fee of £28.5 million. [23] [24] He made his debut on 15 September, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute for Vincent Kompany in a 1–2 home loss against Juventus F.C. for the Champions League group phase; [25] his Premier League debut came four days later, in a 1–2 defeat to West Ham United at the City of Manchester Stadium. [26]

On 31 October 2015, Otamendi scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 home win over Norwich City. [27] He played the full 120 minutes as they won the Football League Cup on 28 February 2016, defeating Liverpool on a penalty shootout in the final. [28]

International career

Otamendi playing for Argentina in 2009 Nicolas Otamendi.jpg
Otamendi playing for Argentina in 2009

In April 2009, Otamendi was called up by Argentine national team coach Diego Maradona for a friendly with Panama. [29] At the time of his selection he had only played 11 professional games, [4] and eventually started the match on 20 May, in a 3–1 win. [30]

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Otamendi played as a centre back alongside Martín Demichelis against Ecuador (0–2 away loss), partnered former Vélez teammate Domínguez against Brazil in a 1–3 home defeat and appeared as a right back in a 1–0 win in Uruguay which sealed the country's qualification to South Africa. [31] On 19 May 2010 he was confirmed as part of the 23-men squad for the final stages, [32] featuring in the starting eleven for the final group stage game against Greece; on the press conference after the match, Maradona said that, in his opinion, he was the best player on the field. [33]

Otamendi also played the 90 minutes of the round-of-16 game against Mexico, which Argentina won by 3–1. His final appearance in the tournament was the 0–4 quarter-final loss to Germany: this time his performance received criticism by the football press, as did his manager's decision to improvise him on the right-back position; [34] [35] however, the player subsequently stated his desire to always play for his national team, even if not in his natural position. [36]

Otamendi scored his first goal for Argentina on 2 September 2011, in a 1–0 friendly win over Venezuela in Kolkata, after heading a corner taken by Lionel Messi. [37] After being cut from the squad that later appeared at the 2014 World Cup, [38] he was selected by coach Gerardo Martino for the 2015 Copa América, [39] playing the entirety of all but one match as they lost to hosts Chile on a penalty shootout in the final; he was named in the Team of the Tournament. [40]

Otamendi started all the games in the Copa América Centenario in the United States, in which Argentina again both faced Chile in the tournament final and lost in a penalty shootout, 2–4. [41] In the second group match against Panama, on 10 June 2016, he scored the opening goal in a 5–0 win. [42]

Otamendi was included in the squad for the 2018 World Cup. [43]

Career statistics


As of match played 6 February 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] ContinentalOtherTotal
Vélez Sarsfield 2007–08 [44] Primera División 100010
2008–09 [45] Primera División180180
2009–10 [45] Primera División19114 [lower-alpha 3] 0331
2010–11 [45] Primera División200020
Porto 2010–11 [45] Primeira Liga 155102013 [lower-alpha 4] 1316
2011–12 [45] Primeira Liga20210207 [lower-alpha 5] 000302
2012–13 [45] Primeira Liga29020318 [lower-alpha 6] 01 [lower-alpha 7] 0431
2013–14 [45] Primeira Liga13021004 [lower-alpha 6] 01 [lower-alpha 7] 0201
Atlético Mineiro (loan) 2014 [45] Série A 50007 [lower-alpha 8] 07 [lower-alpha 9] 1191
Valencia 2014–15 [45] La Liga 35630386
Manchester City 2015–16 [46] Premier League 301205012 [lower-alpha 6] 0491
2016–17 [47] Premier League30150107 [lower-alpha 6] 0431
2017–18 [48] Premier League34420208 [lower-alpha 6] 1465
2018–19 [49] Premier League12021303 [lower-alpha 6] 01 [lower-alpha 10] 0211
Career total2632020218183210139426
  1. Appearances in Taça de Portugal, FA Cup
  2. Appearances in Taça da Liga, EFL Cup
  3. Eight appearances in Copa Libertadores, six in Copa Sudamericana
  4. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, one in UEFA Europa League, one in UEFA Super Cup
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. 1 2 Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  8. Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  9. Appearances in Campeonato Mineiro
  10. Appearance in FA Community Shield


As of match played 16 October 2018 [50]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals

International goals

As of match played 30 June 2018. Argentina score listed first, score column indicates score after each Otamendi goal. [50]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
12 September 2011 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, India12Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela 1–01–0 Friendly
210 June 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States34Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 1–05–0 Copa América Centenario
36 September 2016 Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela40Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela 2–22–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
427 March 2018 Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain53Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–21–6Friendly


Vélez [45]

Porto [45]

Manchester City

Argentina [45]


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