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Luis Suárez

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'10" (1.80m)
Weight:
179 lbs (81 kg)
age:
27
DOB:
January 24, 1987
POB:
Uruguay

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Player Profile

It would be fair to say that 2010 was the year that launched Luis Suarez into world superstardom, as well as global infamy. In fact, the year perfectly encapsulated the mix of attacking excellence and controversy that makes up one of Europe's most talked-about forwards.

After finishing the 2009-10 season with a remarkable tally of 49 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Ajax, winning the Dutch Cup in the process, Suarez travelled to South Africa to contest the World Cup finals with Uruguay. In the quarter-finals against Ghana, Suarez blocked a goal-bound effort in the final minute of extra-time, earning a red card and conceding a penalty in the process. However, Asamoah Gyan missed from 12 yards and Uruguay prevailed in the subsequent shoot-out, leading Suarez to be castigated by many for his dastardly role in the elimination of Africa's final competitors.

His magnetic attraction to negative PR was displayed once again in November 2010 when he was banned for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal. However, that incident should not cloud what was a wildly successful career in the Eredivisie following his move from Nacional in 2006, when he left the Uruguayan club having won the league in his debut season in the first team.

It was Groningen who brought him to the Netherlands for around €800,000 and after scoring ten goals in 29 games in his first season in the country, Ajax paid €7.5 million to take him to Amsterdam. Prior to the start of the 2010-11 season he had repaid them handsomely with 74 goals in 97 league appearances, leading to speculation regarding a move to one of Europe's bigger clubs, and specifically Liverpool; a club he eventually agreed to join in the 2011 January transfer window.

Suarez made an immediate impact at Liverpool, scoring on his Premier League debut against Stoke and endearing himself to the Anfield faithful thanks to his energy on the pitch. Hopes were high for his first full season after he was named the 2011 Copa America's Best Player as Uruguay won the tournament but, despite netting a respectable 17 goals in all competitions, his scoring form was marked by a propensity to hit the post rather than prolificness in 2012-13. A superb hat-trick against Norwich was perhaps his most positive contribution, while his most negative was unquestionably the eight-match ban he received for using racist language towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra. The suspension served to increase speculation about the striker's future but he signed a new contract with the Reds in August 2012 shortly after appearing for Uruguay at the London Olympics.

Strengths: Technically excellent and full of running, this deadly striker is a threat from long range, in the box or in the air. He is also versatile and likes to attack from wide positions, making him an elusive presence.

Weaknesses: Disciplinary issues have frequently threatened to undermine Suarez and biting aside, he has shown a worrying propensity to pick up yellow cards.

Career high: A contentious choice, perhaps, but Suarez made himself into a national hero when handballing to deny Ghana a last-gasp goal in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final. Though he became an international villain, Suarez was carried on the shoulders of his team-mates after their subsequent shoot-out victory in Johannesburg.

Career low: Controversy never seems to be far from Suarez and his low point is a tie between the seven-game ban he received in November 2010 for biting Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while in action for Ajax and his eight-match ban for the incident with Evra in December 2011.

Style: Evasive, clever, deadly. A prolific forward.

Quotes: "The 'Hand Of God' now belongs to me. I did it so that my team-mates could win the penalty shoot-out. When I saw Gyan miss the penalty it was a great joy". Luis Suarez, July 2010.

Trivia: Suarez left his home town of Salto at the age of only 11 when moving around 500km to join the ranks of Montevideo-based club Nacional.

Career

Team Comp. GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Uruguay WCQ 7 0 3 1 16 9 8 13 1 0
Ajax Amsterdam Erediv 33 0 35 4 35 35 0 0 5 0
Ajax Amsterdam Europa 6 1 2 2 20 12 11 18 3 0
Uruguay WCQ 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 0
Ajax Amsterdam Ned Cup 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ajax Amsterdam Ned Cup 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax Amsterdam Ned Cup 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax Amsterdam Ned Cup 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Season Totals   52 2 48 7 72 56 22 33 12 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp. Res. Appear. g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Ajax A - Feyenoord May 6, 2010 Ned Cup W 1-4 Started 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - NEC May 2, 2010 Erediv W 1-4 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Feyenoord Apr 25, 2010 Ned Cup W 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ajax H - SC Heracles Apr 18, 2010 Erediv W 4-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - Willem II Apr 14, 2010 Erediv W 0-2 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - VVV Venlo Apr 11, 2010 Erediv W 7-0 Started 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - ADO Den Haag Apr 4, 2010 Erediv W 0-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - FC Groningen Mar 28, 2010 Erediv W 3-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - Go Ahead Mar 25, 2010 Ned Cup W 0-6 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - RKC Waalwijk Mar 21, 2010 Erediv W 1-5 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - PSV Mar 14, 2010 Erediv W 4-1 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - FC Utrecht Feb 28, 2010 Erediv W 4-0 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
Ajax H - Vitesse Feb 21, 2010 Erediv W 4-0 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Juventus Feb 18, 2010 Europa L 1-2 Started 0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0
Ajax A - Heerenveen Feb 13, 2010 Erediv W 0-2 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - FC Twente Feb 7, 2010 Erediv W 3-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Roda JC Feb 3, 2010 Erediv W 4-0 Started 4 0 4 4 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - Feyenoord Jan 31, 2010 Erediv D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - AZ Alkmaar Jan 24, 2010 Erediv W 1-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - NAC Breda Jan 17, 2010 Erediv D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - WHC Dec 23, 2009 Ned Cup W 1-14 Started 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Anderlecht Dec 17, 2009 Europa L 1-3 Sub-On 79 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
Ajax H - NEC Dec 11, 2009 Erediv W 3-0 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - FC Utrecht Dec 6, 2009 Erediv L 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ajax A - FC Timisoara Dec 2, 2009 Europa W 1-2 Started 1 0 6 3 1 4 1 0
Ajax A - Vitesse Nov 29, 2009 Erediv W 1-5 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Heerenveen Nov 22, 2009 Erediv W 5-1 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Uruguay H - Costa Rica Nov 18, 2009 WCQ W 1-1 Sub-Off 66 min 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Uruguay A - Costa Rica Nov 14, 2009 WCQ W 0-1 Sub-Off 79 min 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Ajax A - FC Twente Nov 8, 2009 Erediv L 1-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - D Zagreb Nov 5, 2009 Europa W 0-2 Started 0 1 4 3 0 1 0 0
Ajax H - Feyenoord Nov 1, 2009 Erediv W 5-1 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - Dordrecht 90 Oct 29, 2009 Ned Cup W 1-2 Sub-On 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ajax A - AZ Alkmaar Oct 25, 2009 Erediv W 2-4 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - D Zagreb Oct 22, 2009 Europa W 2-1 Sub-Off 90 min 1 1 5 3 3 7 0 0
Ajax H - Willem II Oct 17, 2009 Erediv W 4-0 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Uruguay H - Argentina Oct 14, 2009 WCQ L 0-1 Sub-Off 77 min 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0
Uruguay A - Ecuador Oct 10, 2009 WCQ W 1-2 Sub-Off 83 min 1 0 2 2 2 1 0 0
Ajax A - Roda JC Oct 4, 2009 Erediv D 2-2 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - Anderlecht Oct 1, 2009 Europa D 1-1 Started 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
Ajax H - ADO Den Haag Sep 27, 2009 Erediv W 3-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - VVV Venlo Sep 20, 2009 Erediv W 0-4 Started 4 0 4 4 0 0 1 0
Ajax H - FC Timisoara Sep 17, 2009 Europa D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 1 2 4 0 0
Ajax H - NAC Breda Sep 13, 2009 Erediv W 6-0 Started 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Uruguay H - Colombia Sep 9, 2009 WCQ W 3-1 Sub-Off 90 min 1 0 2 1 0 4 0 0
Uruguay A - Peru Sep 5, 2009 WCQ L 1-0 Started 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0
Ajax A - SC Heracles Aug 30, 2009 Erediv W 0-3 Started 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ajax A - Slovan Brati Aug 27, 2009 Europa W 1-2 Sub-Off 46 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Sp Rotterdam Aug 23, 2009 Erediv D 0-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax H - Slovan Brati Aug 20, 2009 Europa W 5-0 Started 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - PSV Aug 16, 2009 Erediv L 4-3 Started 2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
Ajax H - RKC Waalwijk Aug 8, 2009 Erediv W 4-1 Started 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Ajax A - FC Groningen Aug 2, 2009 Erediv W 0-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Uruguay A - Venezuela Jun 10, 2009 WCQ D 2-2 Sub-Off 67 min 1 0 3 2 1 0 0 0
Uruguay H - Brazil Jun 6, 2009 WCQ L 0-4 Sub-Off 73 min 0 0 3 2 1 3 0 0
Uruguay A - Chile Apr 1, 2009 WCQ D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Uruguay H - Paraguay Mar 28, 2009 WCQ W 2-0 Started 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
Uruguay A - Argentina Oct 11, 2008 WCQ L 2-1 Started 0 1 1 0 1 3 1 0
Uruguay H - Ecuador Sep 10, 2008 WCQ D 0-0 Sub-On 60 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Uruguay A - Colombia Sep 6, 2008 WCQ W 0-1 Sub-Off 67 min 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0