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Nicolás Gaitán

Nicolás Gaitán

Clubs: CA Boca Juniors, SL Benfica

• 'Nico' Gaitán emerged at Boca Juniors during the 2008 Apertura championship, scoring his first goals on 31 August against CA Huracán.

• Became a popular player with the celebrated Buenos Aires club over the next 18 months, competing also in the 2009 Copa Libertadores (seven appearances).

• Called up by Diego Maradona for his international debut against Ghana (2-0) on 30 September 2009, he was not included in Argentina's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad despite a sound 2009/10 season in which he struck seven goals in 33 league games.

• Joined Benfica in May 2010 for €8.4m, taking over the No20 shirt previously worn by his Real Madrid CF-bound compatriot Ángel Di María.

• Made his UEFA Champions League debut on Matchday 1 of 2010/11 group stage in a 2-0 home win against Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC; his first goal in Europe came six months later in a UEFA Europa League draw at Paris Saint-Germain FC (1-1).

• A key man as Benfica made the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2011/12 and the UEFA Europa League final in 2012/13, scoring in the semi-final success against Fenerbahçe SK, while helping his side to second-placed league finishes in both seasons. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League:
runner-up 2013

Last updated: 10/07/13 10.21CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 19/05/2014 02:45 CET
18.08.2013Portuguese First DivisionMarítimoMarítimo2-1BenficaBenfica9000
25.08.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-1Gil VicenteGil Vicente6800
31.08.2013Portuguese First DivisionSportingSporting1-1BenficaBenfica4900
28.09.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica1-1BelenensesBelenenses4500
02.10.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageParisParis3-0BenficaBenfica6600
06.10.2013Portuguese First DivisionEstorilEstoril1-2BenficaBenfica9000
23.10.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBenficaBenfica1-1OlympiacosOlympiacos8200
27.10.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0NacionalNacional9000
01.11.2013Portuguese First DivisionAcadémicaAcadémica0-3BenficaBenfica9000
09.11.2013Portuguese CupFourth roundBenficaBenfica4-3SportingSporting12000
23.11.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica1-0BragaBraga9000
27.11.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageAnderlechtAnderlecht2-3BenficaBenfica7201
01.12.2013Portuguese First DivisionRio AveRio Ave1-3BenficaBenfica7500
06.12.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-2AroucaArouca9000
10.12.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBenficaBenfica2-1ParisParis7710
15.12.2013Portuguese First DivisionOlhanenseOlhanense2-3BenficaBenfica9000
20.12.2013Portuguese First DivisionSetúbalSetúbal0-2BenficaBenfica8800
04.01.2014Portuguese CupFifth roundBenficaBenfica5-0Gil VicenteGil Vicente9000
12.01.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0PortoPorto9000
19.01.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0MarítimoMarítimo9000
01.02.2014Portuguese First DivisionGil VicenteGil Vicente1-1BenficaBenfica9000
11.02.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0SportingSporting9010
16.02.2014Portuguese First DivisionPaços FerreiraPaços Ferreira0-2BenficaBenfica6100
02.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionBelenensesBelenenses0-1BenficaBenfica8610
09.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0EstorilEstoril9000
13.03.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 16TottenhamTottenham1-3BenficaBenfica2500
17.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionNacionalNacional2-4BenficaBenfica9000
23.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica3-0AcadémicaAcadémica6500
26.03.2014Portuguese CupSemi-finalsPortoPorto1-0BenficaBenfica2500
30.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionBragaBraga0-1BenficaBenfica9000
07.04.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica4-0Rio AveRio Ave9010
13.04.2014Portuguese First DivisionAroucaArouca0-2BenficaBenfica9010
16.04.2014Portuguese CupSemi-finalsBenficaBenfica3-1PortoPorto9000
20.04.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0OlhanenseOlhanense7600
01.05.2014UEFA Europa LeagueSemi-finalsJuventusJuventus0-0BenficaBenfica7600
04.05.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica1-1SetúbalSetúbal2100
14.05.2014UEFA Europa LeagueFinalSevillaSevilla0-0
18.05.2014Portuguese CupFinalBenficaBenfica1-0Rio AveRio Ave8710

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Nicolás Gaitán
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 23/02/1988 (26)
  • Country: Argentina
  • Squad number: 20
  • Club: Benfica ( POR)

  • Height: 173cm
  • Weight: 68kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    14/09/10: Benfica 2-0 H. Tel-Aviv

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 15/05/2014 01:05 CET
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