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Full name: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz
Squad No: 7
Position: Forward
Age: 24
Birth Date: Jan 24, 1987
Birth Place: Salto, Uruguay
Height: 5' 11" (1.80m)
Weight: 81 kg


Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwiz 'swares]; born 24 January 1987), commonly known as Luis Suárez and nicknamed "El Pistolero" (The Gunfighter), is a footballer who plays for Liverpool and the Uruguayan national team. He is a striker who has been praised as an excellent goal scorer with "remarkable technical ability" who is also known for creating chances for his teammates.

Suárez was born in Salto, Uruguay, and moved with his family to Montevideo, where he grew up with a single mother and six siblings. In 2005, he began his professional career at Montevideo side Nacional. At age 19, in 2006, he moved to the Netherlands with Eredivisie side Groningen. Suárez transferred to Ajax in 2007 and made a major impact at the Amsterdam club. In 2008–09 he was named club Player of the Year and he led Ajax in scoring, although he was suspended for both fighting with a teammate and for getting seven yellow cards on the season. The following year he was made the club captain, he led the Eredivisie in scoring with 35 goals in 33 games and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. He scored 49 goals in all competitions and Ajax won the KNVB Cup. In the 2010–11 season he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal and joined an elite group of players from the club, including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp, to do so. But that season he was also involved in an incident in which he bit the shoulder of PSV player Otman Bakkal. He was branded the "Cannibal of Ajax" and suspended seven games. During his suspension, in January 2011, he transferred to Liverpool for €26.5 million. Suárez was one of Liverpool’s best players during his partial season and helped the club move from twelfth in the league in mid-January to finish sixth.

Suárez represented Uruguay at the youth level in the 2007 U-20 World Cup. In 2007 he scored in his senior team debut against Columbia but was also sent off for a second yellow card. In the 2010 World Cup he played an important role for Uruguay's fourth place finish and he scored three goals. But he was also involved in one of the tournament's most controversial incidents in the final minutes of extra time against Ghana; in a tied game, he saved a goal with his hands to prevent his team from losing. He was given a red card, but the ensuing penalty kick was missed and Uruguay advanced after winning the shootout. He was labeled a villain and a cheat but also as a hero for sacrificing himself for his team. In 2011, Suárez scored four goals for Uruguay as they won a record fifteenth Copa América, and he was named Player of the Tournament.

Club career
Nacional


Suárez began playing football for his hometown club Nacional's youth team when he was 14 years old. One night he was caught drinking and partying, and his coach threatened he would never play unless he started playing football more seriously. In May 2005, at age 16, he made his first team debut against Junior de Barranquilla in the Libertadores Cup. He scored his first goal in September 2005 and helped Nacional win the 2005–06 Uruguayan league with 10 goals in 27 games.

Suárez was discovered by a group of scouts from the Dutch club Groningen when they were in Uruguay to watch another player. As they looked on, he drew and converted and penalty and scored a "wonder goal" against Defensor. After watching only that game, the scouts approached Suárez and said they wanted to buy him;[8] after the season, Gronigen paid Nacional €800,000 for him. Suárez was thrilled to go to Europe because his girlfriend, and current wife, Sofia Balbi, had moved to Barcelona; they had maintained a long-distance relationship for a year and he wanted to move closer to her.

Groningen

Suárez was 19 years old when he went to play for Groningen and initially he struggled because he did not know Dutch or English, and he played on the second team to adjust to the Dutch game. His teammate and fellow Uruguayan, Bruno Silva, helped him settle into living in Holland and playing for a new team. He worked hard to learn Dutch and his teammates respected him for his efforts with the language. Suárez scored goals for Groningen, but he also had disciplinary problems; in one five-game stretch in January 2007, he scored four goals but received three yellow cards and one red card. Suárez ended with 10 goals in 29 league appearances to help Groningen finish eighth in the 2006–07 Eredivisie. He also scored in a 4–2 loss to Partizan Belgrade in his European debut.

Ajax saw potential in Suárez and offered Groningen €3.5 million for him, but Groningen rejected the deal. Suárez was upset and brought his case to the Dutch Football Association’s arbitration committee to try to facilitate the sale. The arbitration committee ruled against him on 9 August 2007, but that same day, Ajax increased their offer to €7.5 million and Groningen accepted.

Ajax

Suárez signed a five-year contract with Ajax and made his club debut in the Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague. He scored one goal in his Eredivisie debut for the club and two goals in his home debut at the Amsterdam Arena. Ajax finished second in league in the 2007–08 season and Suárez scored 17 goals in 33 league appearances.
Suárez (with the Ajax flag) as Ajax skipper in 2010.

During the 2008–09 season, Ajax coach Marco van Basten noted how Suárez played an important role in many of Ajax’s goals, but van Basten was also upset by the number of yellow cards Suárez received. Suárez was suspended for a game because he was given his seventh yellow card of the season against Utrecht in a 2–0 win. He was also suspended after a halftime altercation with teammate Albert Luque over a free kick. Ajax ended the season in third place. Suárez scored 22 goals in 31 league games and finished second in league scoring, one goal behind Mounir El Hamdaoui of AZ; Suárez was named Ajax Player of the Year.

Before the 2009–10 season, Martin Jol replaced van Basten as coach. After the departure of previous captain, Thomas Vermaelen, to Arsenal, Jol named Suárez team captain. Suárez started scoring goals early in the season with a hat trick in a 4–1 win against RKC Waalwijk. Suárez had a number of multiple-goal games throughout the season including four goals in wins over Slovan Bratislava in the Europe League play-off round, VVV-Venlo and Roda JC Kerkrade. He scored three in the first half in another win over VVV-Venlo and six against WHC Wezep in the KNVB Cup as Ajax won by a club-record margin of 14–1. Suárez scored two more in the second leg of the KNVB Cup final and finished as the tournament's top scorer. Ajax won the Cup final 6–1 on aggregate over Feyenoord, but they finished second in the league behind FC Twente. Suárez ended the season as the Eredivisie's top scorer with 35 goals in 33 games and had 49 goals in all competitions. He was named Ajax Player of the Year for the second straight time and Dutch Footballer of the Year.
Suárez in action for Liverpool.

Other European clubs began to show their interest in Suárez because of the number of goals Suárez was scoring for Ajax; his play that summer at the 2010 World Cup increased their interest. Soon after Suárez returned from his World Cup campaign, he scored his one hundredth goal for Ajax in a 1–1 home draw against PAOK in the Champions League third qualifying round. This put him in an elite group of players, including Johan Cruyff, van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp, to score 100 or more goals with the club. Suárez continued his scoring run with a hat trick against De Graafschap in a 5–0 win. But on 20 November 2010, Suárez was in trouble again when he bit PSV's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder during a 0–0 draw. Ajax suspended him for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount which the club said they would donate to a "good cause". The Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf branded Suárez the "Cannibal of Ajax". The KNVB increased Suárez's suspension to seven league matches. Suárez uploaded a video apologizing for the incident. During the suspension Ajax was in contact with other European clubs interested in Suárez; on 28 January 2011 they accepted a €26.5 million (£22.8 million) offer for Suárez from Premier League club Liverpool. Despite leaving while suspended, Suárez departed Ajax on good terms, and he was given a farewell sendoff after an Ajax game. During the sendoff an Ajax coach spoke to him and the crowd and said how the club wished he could stay longer; the crowd applauded their agreement and fireworks followed. Ajax ended the 2010–11 season as Eredivisie champions and Suárez was given a winner’s medal for his seven goals in 13 appearances.

While he was at Ajax, Suárez scored 111 goals in 159 appearances. Suárez recognized Ajax legends, van Basten, Bergkamp, Frank de Boer and Henk ten Cate, for teaching him about football during his time in Amsterdam. He noted that van Basten taught him the techniques and movement required for playing forward and he learned from all of them to be composed in front of the goal and not react to fouls.

Liverpool

Until the arrival of Andy Carroll from Newcastle United a few hours later, Suárez was Liverpool's most expensive signing. The next day, Suárez passed his medical and signed a five-and-a-half-year deal through 2016. Suárez requested the number seven jersey, but at the time did not realize that it was worn by Liverpool "legends" such as his new manager Kenny Daglish and Kevin Keegan. After he learned about the players who previously wore that number, he said he appreciated the expectations associated with it. Suárez made his Liverpool debut on 2 February against Stoke City at Anfield in a 2–0 win; he came on as a substitute and scored Liverpool's second goal in front of the Kop in the sixty-third minute. He was one of Liverpool’s best players during his partial season and helped Liverpool go from from twelfth in the league in mid-January to finish sixth. He finished the 2010–11 Premier League season with four goals in 13 games.

Suárez began Liverpool's 2011–12 Premier League season by missing a penalty and scoring the opening goal in a 1–1 draw against Sunderland. Suárez followed this up by coming on as a substitute against Arsenal to be heavily involved in Liverpool's first goal and then score the second. The 2–0 win was the first against Arsenal in London for eleven years. He scored the first goal in a 3–1 win over Exeter City in the Carling Cup. He was then awarded man of the match against Bolton, and scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory against Wolverhamptom Wanderers.
 

Amash

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Mar 31, 2005
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How, were you willing to give Juve that much money to buy him?

He was out of our reach.
26,5 million € isn't that much for a player like him. You think we couldn't afford him?

He is really great player but can't control his temper sometimes.
 

Dostoevsky

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May 27, 2007
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#7
It was a January buy, no? We were broke, no way we could've got him back then.

After Diego/Melo summer we never paid so much for one player. Same goes for Dzeko, we never had money for him.
 

ZoSo

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Jul 11, 2011
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#8
Do you think if there was a 2 player non-EU cap instead of one in all of the 10/11 mercatos Juve would have signed Dzeko?
 

Dostoevsky

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20 m + giovinco should had solved the deal :(
Giovinco ended up at Parma, which implies that big clubs (or bigger) didn't want him. And he was worth only 3mln back then so I doubt it.

Do you think if there was a 2 player non-EU cap instead of one in all of the 10/11 mercatos Juve would have signed Dzeko?
Nope, I think we had 0% to sign Dzeko even when he was 'close'. I think it was all media BS.

We never had that much money to spend, we bough Krasic for double less.
 

ZoSo

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Jul 11, 2011
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Nope, I think we had 0% to sign Dzeko even when he was 'close'. I think it was all media BS.

We never had that much money to spend, we bough Krasic for double less.
I think you're right, Krasic was €15m and Dzeko was €32-34m. If I remember correctly the total transfer spending including player sales last season was €25m total compared to €70m this season which shows Marotta didn't have much to spend at all.
 

Amash

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Mar 31, 2005
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#14
It was a January buy, no? We were broke, no way we could've got him back then.

After Diego/Melo summer we never paid so much for one player. Same goes for Dzeko, we never had money for him.
Last summer we were after Dzeko and we tabled offer but Wolfsburg wouldn't accept it. After that we withdrew from negotiations. Everything else is media BS. Believe me 100% true. After that there wasn't any offer for Dzeko up until shity showed, tabled offer, bank guarantee... and everything else is history :)

How could we be broke and yet this summer we spend 80-90 millions? Nismo mi svorc vec cicije :)
 

Suns

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May 22, 2009
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#15
The one that got away. I'm still pissed off that we didn't sign him when he was in Holland. He would have gladly joined us, he's young and so fuckin' good :(
 

ZoSo

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Jul 11, 2011
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#16
Last summer we were after Dzeko and we tabled offer but Wolfsburg wouldn't accept it. After that we withdrew from negotiations. Everything else is media BS. Believe me 100% true. After that there wasn't any offer for Dzeko up until shity showed, tabled offer, bank guarantee... and everything else is history :)

How could we be broke and yet this summer we spend 80-90 millions?
Nismo mi svorc vec cicije :)
€70m-120m Cash injection from Exor.
 

Dostoevsky

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May 27, 2007
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Last summer we were after Dzeko and we tabled offer but Wolfsburg wouldn't accept it. After that we withdrew from negotiations. Everything else is media BS. Believe me 100% true. After that there wasn't any offer for Dzeko up until shity showed, tabled offer, bank guarantee... and everything else is history :)

How could we be broke and yet this summer we spend 80-90 millions? Nismo mi svorc vec cicije :)
Nah, I was talking for that summer. We clearly had no money to buy him, if they rejected our offer it only means it was too. If we had 30mln+ we wouldn't have signed Krasic but some 30mln winger.

This summer we had a lot of money, but we bought many players and none of those reached 20mln value, let alone over 30mln.

Cicije jesmo sigurno :) ali Marotta nije normalan u svakom slucaju.
 

Amash

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Mar 31, 2005
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#18
Nah, I was talking for that summer. We clearly had no money to buy him, if they rejected our offer it only means it was too. If we had 30mln+ we wouldn't have signed Krasic but some 30mln winger.

This summer we had a lot of money, but we bought many players and none of those reached 20mln value, let alone over 30mln.

Cicije jesmo sigurno :) ali Marotta nije normalan u svakom slucaju.
I know that you speak about last summer so am I when I say that we were after Dzeko but haven't signed him because we taught that Wolfsburg asking price is too much and we officially offered just few millions less. That have happened on the beginning of the mercato. And off course that we couldn't afford to buy someone more expensive than Krasic, when we spent our all money on Matinezes, Bonuccis, Pepes, Mottas, Quaglias etc.
 

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