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Erik Lamela
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Lamela lining up for Tottenham Hotspur in 2020
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 32)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.81 m
Playing position Right winger, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Sevilla
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2010 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 River Plate 36 (4)
2011–2013 Roma 62 (19)
2013–2021 Tottenham Hotspur 177 (17)
2021– Sevilla 59 (13)
National team
2011–2012 Argentina U20 4 (3)
2011–2018 Argentina 25 (3)
Men's football
Representing  Argentina
Copa América
Runner-up 2015 Chile
Runner-up 2016 United states
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2023.
† Appearances (Goals).

Erik Manuel Lamela Cordero, known as Erik Lamela (born 4 March 1992) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or right winger for La Liga club Sevilla and the Argentina national team.

Lamela began his career at River Plate and in 2011 transferred to Roma for an initial €12 million. After two Serie A seasons he joined Tottenham for a fee of £25.8 million. A full international since 2011, he was part of the Argentine squad which finished as runners-up at the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa América.

Early life

Lamela was born on 4 March 1992 to Miriam and José Lamela in a northern suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His family gave him the nickname "Coco". After he had joined River Plate as a seven-year-old, Barcelona reportedly offered Lamela and his family $160,000 USD a year as well as a house and employment for his parents to move to Barcelona in a similar deal to the one that saw Lionel Messi move to Spain as a youngster. In 2004, a Trans World Sport film crew travelled to Argentina to interview a 12-year-old Lamela who was already making headlines after scoring 120 goals for River Plate's youth side the previous season. In the video, Lamela declares his wish to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona and win a World Cup for Argentina.

Club career

River Plate

Lamela made his first-team debut for River Plate on 14 June 2009 in a game against Tigre for the 2009 Clausura tournament. He entered the field on the 80th minute, substituting Robert Flores. Lamela scored his first goal for River on 5 December 2010 in a match against Colón for the Apertura tournament. He scored his second goal against Lanús in the final fixture of that Apertura, helping River win the match 4–2.

The midfielder was a regular starter for River during the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season, playing 34 games and scoring four goals. He helped his team to finish in an overall sixth place that would have qualified them for the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. Due to the relegation format of the Argentine Primera that accounts for a team's last three seasons, however, River was relegated after losing a playoff with Belgrano.


2011–12 season

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Lamela (right) playing for Roma against Chelsea F.C. in 2013

On 6 August 2011, Lamela joined Italian club Roma of Serie A for a fee of €12 million, plus €2 million in bonuses, which was activated after his 20th club appearance. Roma also paid an additional €3.2 million to Orel B.V. — plus 10% added value if the player was later sold above €12 million — and €3.06 million in the form of taxes to the Government of Argentina. Lamela signed a 5-year contract worth €1.8 million in gross in the first season, but would gradually increase by €350,000 on 1 July 2012 (to €2.15M), 2014 (€2.5M) and 2015 (€2.85M). On 23 October 2011, he scored his first goal in Serie A against Palermo. Later, he scored goals against Lecce, Novara, and Cesena. Lamela ended his first season at the Stadio Olimpico with six goals in 31 games in all competitions.

2012–13 season

Lamela began the 2012–13 season well, his first goal of the season coming against Bologna on 16 September 2012. Lamela hit a superb patch of form in October and early November, scoring seven goals in six games, including a brace against Udinese in a 3–2 home defeat and goals against Atalanta, Genoa, Parma, and Palermo. He also scored a goal in the Derby della Capitale against Lazio. After almost a month out with an ankle ligament injury, he returned to the field and scored a brace against Milan in a 4–2 victory on 22 December.

Lamela went on to score 15 times in 33 games, putting him joint-fifth in Serie A and second to striker Pablo Osvaldo (16 goals) at Roma. Lamela's and Roma's season, however, ended in heartache with defeat to Rome rivals Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, coupled with finishing sixth in Serie A, meaning that Roma would not play European football for the second consecutive season.

Tottenham Hotspur

On 30 August 2013, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur completed the transfer of Lamela from Roma for a deal worth an initial £25.8 million, plus up to £4.2 million in bonus payments. The fee for Lamela made him the most expensive player in the club's history, breaking the two previous records that had been set earlier in the transfer window, first for Paulinho and then Roberto Soldado.

2013–14 season

On 1 September, Lamela made his debut for Tottenham as a 75th-minute substitute in a 1–0 North London derby loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. On 19 September, he made his first start for Tottenham against Tromsø IL in the UEFA Europa League, assisting Jermain Defoe for Tottenham's opening goal in a 3–0 win at White Hart Lane. On 22 September, he assisted Paulinho's stoppage-time winning goal after appearing as a substitute in Tottenham's 1–0 win at Cardiff City.

On 29 October, with Lamela having yet to start a Premier League match, Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas said of the player, "He knows he isn't producing half of what he can produce, but he understands the situation now is that he has to compete for his place." On 7 November, Lamela scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 Europa League win against Sheriff Tiraspol. Seventeen days later, he made his first start in the Premier League as Tottenham were beaten 6–0 by Manchester City. His season was ended by a back injury in April 2014.

2014–15 season

The 2014–15 season saw Lamela establish himself as a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham's new Argentine manager.

He was named in the starting line-up for the opening match of the 2014–15 Premier League season against West Ham United, making his first appearance of 2014. He repaid his new manager's faith in the following two games; assisting twice after coming off of the bench in a 2–1 win against AEL Limassol on 21 August, and assisting twice more in a 4–0 win against Queens Park Rangers three days later at White Hart Lane.

Lamela scored his first goals of the season on 23 October, a brace in a 5–1 victory over Greek club Asteras Tripoli in the Europa League. His first goal was a rabona-style strike from outside the area, the goal being praised by the BBC as brilliant and by ITV as "world-class." This goal would later be named as the Europa League 'Goal of the Season'. His first Premier League goal came on 20 December in a 2–1 win against Burnley at White Hart Lane.

On 1 March 2015, Lamela played in the League Cup final, coming off of the bench in the 71st minute as Tottenham lost 2–0 to Chelsea.

Lamela finished the season with a return of only two Premier League goals, six in all competitions. However, he was the team's leading provider of assists, with a total of ten in all competitions.

2015–16 season

Lamela continued to be a key player in Pochettino's Tottenham side in the 2015–16 season, helping the side to a club-record third-place finish in the Premier League.

Lamela would prove prolific in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. His first goal of the season came in a 3–1 win over Qarabağ FK on 17 September 2015. On 1 October, he scored away against Monaco. On 10 December, he scored a hattrick – the first of his professional career – in the reverse fixture.

On 26 September, Lamela scored his first Premier League goal of the season in a 4–1 home victory over Manchester City. He finished the season with five Premier League goals, his best total to date.

2016–17 season

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Lamela playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2016

Lamela scored with a second half header on the opening day of the 2016–17 season in a 1–1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. However, a hip injury in late October left him unfit for matches for a long period and ended his season.

2017–18 season

After more than a year out due to the hip injury that required two operations, Lamela appeared in the Premier League away game against Leicester on 28 November 2017 as a substitute. He assisted in the only goal for Spurs, but the game ended in a 2–1 loss. He followed that up with his first league start of the season in a 2–0 home win against Brighton on 13 December 2017. He scored his first goal of the season in the 2–0 win against Newport County in the fourth round replay of the FA Cup on 7 February 2018.

2018–19 season

On 20 July 2018, Lamela signed a new four-year extension to his contract with Tottenham until 2022.

Lamela scored his first goal of the 2018–19 season after coming on as a substitute in the game against Liverpool that Spurs lost 2–1. He also scored in the next league game against Brighton in a 2–1 win, followed by another goal in the next game in the EFL Cup against Watford. On 3 October, Lamela scored Tottenham's second goal in a 4–2 defeat at home to Barcelona in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage; it was the 8,000th goal in the history of the Champions League. He made his first league start of the season in the away match against West Ham United, scoring the only goal that secured a 1–0 win. He was an unused substitute in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final in which Spurs lost 2–0 to Liverpool.

2019–20 season

Lamela scored his first goal of the 2019–20 season against Manchester City on 17 August 2019. He later registered his first assist of the season in the same match, setting up Lucas Moura's goal, and helping Tottenham to a 2–2 away draw.

2020–21 season

Lamela was a starter in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal against Chelsea. He equalized with his first goal of the season, then scored his penalty in the 5–4 penalty shootout win after a 1–1 draw. In January 2021, he was fined after breaking the COVID-19 regulations by attending a Christmas party, and was left off the team in a number of games. On 14 March, Lamela came off the bench and scored a rabona to help Spurs take the lead in the North London derby, but he was subsequently sent off for a second yellow card and Spurs fell to a 2–1 defeat. The goal was voted Goal of the Season by Match of the Day. The goal also later won the 2021 FIFA Puskás Award as the best goal of the year.


On 26 July 2021, Lamela signed for Sevilla in a swap deal for Bryan Gil. He scored two goals on his La Liga debut in a 3–0 victory over Rayo Vallecano. He scored four goals and assisted twice in the first four months at the club, however, he suffered a shoulder injury while training in November 2021, and was out for four months.

In May 2023, he scored a goal in extra time in the Europa League semi-final against Juventus to win 3–2 on aggregate, which sent Sevilla to the final. There, facing his former club Roma, Lamela scored Sevilla's second penalty in the penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 tie after extra time. Sevilla eventually won 4–1 on penalties, earning Lamela his first professional career title.

International career

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Lamela (fourth from right) lining up for Argentina in 2013, against Uruguay.

Lamela took part in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Argentina national under-20 team and scored three goals in four matches.

Lamela made his debut with the Argentina national team on 25 May 2011 in a friendly game against Paraguay.

On 3 September 2014, Lamela scored his first goal for the senior national team, putting Argentina 2–0 ahead against Germany, in an eventual 4–2 win in a rematch of the World Cup final.

In May 2015, Lamela was selected by coach Gerardo Martino in Argentina's squad for the 2015 Copa América held in Chile.

In 2016, Lamela was selected by coach Gerardo Martino in Argentina's squad for the 2016 Copa América. Lamela was part of the Argentine side that ran to the final. He appeared in all of Argentina's group stage matches, and scored a goal in the 3–0 win against Bolivia with a long range free kick. He scored again in the 4–1 win in the quarter-final against Venezuela minutes after coming on as a sub. In the final against Chile, he only appeared as a sub in extra-time in the 111th minute, which Chile won 4–2 on penalties.

In November 2018, Lamela was recalled to the Argentina national team after a two-year absence.

Personal life

Lamela's partner of many years is Sofia Herrero. The couple have two sons: Tobias, born 2017 and Thiago, born in 2020.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2008–09 Argentine Primera División 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 Argentine Primera División 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 Argentine Primera División 34 4 0 0 34 4
Total 36 4 0 0 0 0 36 4
Roma 2011–12 Serie A 29 4 2 2 31 6
2012–13 Serie A 33 15 3 0 36 15
Total 62 19 5 2 67 21
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 Premier League 9 0 0 0 2 0 6 1 17 1
2014–15 Premier League 33 2 1 0 4 1 8 2 46 5
2015–16 Premier League 34 5 2 0 0 0 8 6 44 11
2016–17 Premier League 9 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 14 2
2017–18 Premier League 25 2 6 2 0 0 2 0 33 4
2018–19 Premier League 19 4 1 0 4 1 9 1 33 6
2019–20 Premier League 25 2 4 1 1 0 5 1 35 4
2020–21 Premier League 23 1 2 1 2 1 8 1 35 4
Total 177 17 16 4 15 4 49 12 257 37
Sevilla 2021–22 La Liga 20 5 0 0 4 0 24 5
2022–23 La Liga 32 6 4 1 13 2 49 9
2023–24 La Liga 7 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 12 2
Total 59 13 5 1 20 2 1 0 85 16
Career total 334 53 26 7 15 4 69 14 1 0 445 78


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2011 1 0
2012 0 0
2013 5 0
2014 4 1
2015 5 0
2016 8 2
2017 0 0
2018 2 0
Total 25 3
As of match played 20 November 2018. Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
List of international goals scored by Erik Lamela
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2014 Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany  Germany
2 14 June 2016 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, United States  Bolivia
Copa América Centenario
3 18 June 2016 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Venezuela



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