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Nicolás Olivera

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Nico Olivera
Personal information
Full name Andrés Nicolás Olivera
Date of birth (1978-05-30) 30 May 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Defensor 44 (16)
1998 Valencia 2 (0)
1998–2002 Sevilla 100 (31)
2002–2003 Valladolid 20 (4)
2003–2004 Córdoba 38 (9)
2004 Defensor 4 (0)
2005 Albacete 4 (0)
2005–2006 Defensor 23 (10)
2006 Necaxa 16 (3)
2007 Atlas 28 (6)
2008–2010 Puebla 63 (10)
2008–2009Veracruz (loan) 29 (14)
2011 América 11 (1)
2011–2016 Defensor 104 (32)
2012Correcaminos (loan) 14 (3)
Total 500 (139)
National team
1997 Uruguay U20 7 (2)
1997–2006 Uruguay 28 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andrés Nicolás "Nico" Olivera (born 30 May 1978) is a retired Uruguayan footballer who played as a forward.

He started and finished his 20-year professional career with Defensor, going on to collect 500 league appearances mainly in the top divisions in Uruguay, Spain and Mexico. This included a spell with Sevilla, for whom he signed in 1998.

Olivera won 28 caps for the Uruguay national team, being part of the squads at the 2002 World Cup as well as the 1997 Confederations Cup.

Club career

After excelling as a youngster at his first professional club, Defensor Sporting Club, Montevideo-born Olivera moved to Spain and signed for Valencia CF, in January 1998. He was rarely used by the Che during his five-month spell, but went on to spend the vast majority of the following seven years in the country, starting off with Sevilla FC with which he achieved two La Liga promotions, in 1999 and 2001, scoring 21 goals in 56 games in those seasons combined; on 19 November 2000, during a Seville derby where his team was reduced to ten men with the score at 1–1 and 15 minutes remaining, he netted twice for the eventual 3–1 win.[1]

In 2002, Olivera left Andalusia and joined fellow league side Real Valladolid.[2] After one single season he returned to Segunda División and signed with Córdoba CF, returning to Defensor afterwards.

Olivera then played five months with another Spanish team Albacete Balompié (only four games, top division relegation), returning subsequently to his previous club. In 2006 the 28-year-old moved to Mexico, going on to represent five sides in the country, including Puebla F.C. twice.

On 1 August 2010, in a Primera División match against Club San Luis, Olivera opened the scoring within a few seconds, after knocking in a rebound from Mario Ortiz's speculative shot in an eventual 2–1 home win.[3]

International career

Olivera played all the games for Uruguay at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Malaysia, scoring two goals in an eventual second-place finish and being named the competition's best player.[4] Also that year, on 13 December, he made his full side debut, during the FIFA Confederations Cup, against United Arab Emirates, and scored in a 2–0 group stage win.[5]

Olivera was selected for the squad that appeared at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, being an unused squad member.


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