America Championof the UEFA Champions League and two-time winner of the Golden Boot, Luis Suarez will return after more than 15 years to the Nationalthe team in which he debuted as a professional and in which he won his first titles.
Between 2004 and 2006 he added 3,001 minutes there in 48 games, of which he won 26, drew 14 and lost eight. He scored 12 official goals, once won the Closing Tournament and in two the Uruguayan Championship.
16 years and 25 days after the striker played his last match in the tricolor jersey, we review nine games that marked the passing of the number nine by National.
1. A FRIENDLY AWAY FROM HOME
On August 21, 2004, Suárez played his first game with the first team of the National. It was in the stadium Dom Afonso Henriques of Portugal in front of Victoria Guimarães.
The game ended tied 2-2 and the attacker scored one of his team’s goals, which that day fielded many homegrown players.
2. THE OFFICIAL DEBUT
On May 3, 2005, the attacker made his official debut in the jersey of the National in a match against the Colombian Junior by Libertadores Cup.
Suarez jumped onto the pitch at 76 minutes instead of Sebastian Vazquez. That day, the team led by Martin Lasarte fell 2-3.
3. SCORE IN SPAIN
In Spainwhere the striker scored more than 200 goals defending the Barcelona and to Atletico Madrid, Suárez scored his first goal on August 11, 2005.
It was in a friendly in which the National fell 2-3 against Seville of Juande Ramoswhich that day had on the playing field Sergio Ramos and the brazilian Daniel Alves.
4. CLASSIC IN THE TERESA HERRERA TROPHY
On August 14, 2005, in the only Uruguay Classic played in Europe, Suarez He played nine minutes and celebrated his first victory against Peñarol.
By Teresa Herrera Cupthe National won 3-1 with scores from Diego Jaume, Juan Angel Albin Y Gabriel Alvez, here in the ‘gunslinger‘ replaced at 81 minutes.
5. THE FIRST OFFICIAL GOAL
The first official goal of Suarez arrived on September 10, 2005 in the game in which the Tricolor thrashed 5-0 at Paysandu for the third day of Uruguayan Championship 2005/2006.
At 82 minutes, one after entering the field, the attacker scored the last goal for his team.
6. GOAL IN THE ONLY OFFICIAL CLASSIC
On May 22, 2006, at the stadium Centenary, Suarez played his only Classic officer in front of Penarol.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw and the striker scored his team’s first goal after seven minutes of play.
7. THE FIRST TITLE ON THE PITCH
Although I had already achieved Special Uruguayan Championship 2005June 14, 2006 Suarez won his first title on the field: the Closing Tournament.
That day, the National won 1-0 at Miramar Missions with a bit of Panamanian Jose Luis Garces and sealed his ticket to the definition of the championship.
8. URUGUAYAN CHAMPION
A few days after his first conquest, Suarez celebrated his second Uruguayan Championship in the finals against Rocha.
On June 25, 2006, the Tricolor won the defining match 2-0 with a goal from ‘gunslinger‘ at 62 minutes and made the Olympic lap in the stadium Grand Central Park.
9. THE FAREWELL
The first chapter of the story Suarez in Nacional it closed on July 2, 2006 in a match for the Liguilla, a tournament that was held at that time in Uruguay.
The Tricolor tied 1-1 against Central Spanish and the striker played his last 90 minutes before leaving for Europe to continue his career at Groningen of Netherlands.