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Matías Vecino
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Vecino with Uruguay in 2017
Personal information
Full name Matías Vecino Falero
Date of birth 24 August 1991 (1991-08-24) (age 30)
Place of birth Canelones, Uruguay
Height 1.89 m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Inter Milan
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Central Español 32 (2)
2011–2013 Nacional 18 (4)
2013–2017 Fiorentina 67 (5)
2014 Cagliari (loan) 9 (2)
2014–2015 Empoli (loan) 36 (2)
2017– Inter Milan 87 (9)
National team
2010–2011 Uruguay U20 35 (4)
2016– Uruguay 48 (3)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2021

Matías Vecino Falero (born 24 August 1991) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Uruguay national team.

Club career

Early career

Vecino started his professional career with Central Español in 2010, and switched to Nacional for the 2011–12 season.

Fiorentina

In January 2013, Vecino joined Serie A side Fiorentina by penning a four-year contract for a reported transfer fee of €2.5 million. However, the transfer was delayed and became official in the next transfer window in August 2013.

On 3 September 2013, he was not included by manager Vincenzo Montella in UEFA Europa League squad.

Vecino made his competitive debut as well as his first Serie A one on 26 September 2013 in a 2–1 away defeat against Inter Milan. He was used very scarcely during the first part of 2013–14 season, collecting only six appearances, only one as starter, leading the club to send him on loan at fellow Serie A side Cagliari until the end of the season, with an option to buy.

Vecino spent the 2014–15 season on loan at Empoli F.C..

In mid-2015, Vecino returned to Florence and became a member of the first team. He signed a new 5-year contract in 2016.

Inter Milan

On 31 July 2017, Fiorentina authorized Vecino to have a medical with Inter Milan, in order to complete a reported €24 million transfer. The transfer was made official on 2 August, with Vecino signing a contract until June 2021.

He was given squad number 11, and made his competitive debut on 20 August in the opening Serie A matchday against his former side Fiorentina, featuring full-90 minutes as Inter won 3–0. Vecino scored his maiden Inter goal six days later in the next match against Roma, netting the third goal in an eventual 1–3 away win, the first win at Stadio Olimpico over Roma after nine years.

On 20 May 2018, Vecino scored the winning goal vs Lazio, in Inter's 2–3 win, a victory which allowed the club to return to the UEFA Champions League after a six year absence. On 18 September 2018, he scored an injury-time winning goal vs Tottenham Hotspur, in Inter's 2–1 win in the UEFA Champions League.

International career

Vecino was born in Canelones, Uruguay, to a family of Italian ancestry, with roots in the city of Campobasso, and was eligible for both national teams. He has been capped by the Uruguay national under-20 football team for the 2011 South American Youth Championship and for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He scored the goal to qualify Uruguay for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Vecino's debut for the Uruguay senior team came on 25 March 2016 against Brazil.

In May 2018, he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Personal life

On 18 March 2021, Vecino tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Italy.

Career statistics

Club

Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Español 2009–10 Uruguayan Primera División 9 0 0 0 9 0
2010–11 23 2 0 0 23 3
Total 32 2 0 0 32 2
Nacional 2011–12 Uruguayan Primera División 13 3 0 0 2 0 15 3
2012–13 5 1 0 0 3 1 8 2
Total 18 4 0 0 5 1 23 5
Fiorentina 2013–14 Serie A 6 0 1 0 7 0
2015–16 30 2 1 0 7 0 38 2
2016–17 31 3 2 0 7 1 40 4
Total 67 5 4 0 14 1 85 6
Cagliari (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 9 2 0 0 9 2
Empoli (loan) 2014–15 36 2 2 0 38 2
Inter Milan 2017–18 29 3 2 0 31 3
2018–19 30 3 1 0 9 2 40 5
2019–20 20 2 1 0 4 1 25 3
2020–21 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 87 9 4 0 13 3 104 12
Career total 249 24 10 0 32 5 291 29

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Uruguay 2016 9 1
2017 10 0
2018 12 1
2019 10 1
2020 0 0
2021 7 0
Total 48 3

International goals

As of match played 25 March 2019. Uruguay score listed first, score column indicates score after each Vecino goal.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2016 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay 3  Trinidad and Tobago 3–1 3–1 Friendly
2 12 October 2018 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea 29  Korea Republic 1–1 1–2
3 25 March 2019 Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning, China 33  Thailand 1–0 4–0 2019 China Cup

Honours

Nacional

  • Primera División: 2011–12

Inter Milan

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