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Name Luis Suarez
Gender Male
Ethnic Uruguayan
Job Uruguayan Footballer
Desc Took a little while to hit the ground running at Anfield, but his contribution to Liverpool’s famous 2013/14 campaign will live long in the memory. The Uruguayan hit an extraordinary 31 goals in 33 matches as Liverpool went so, so close to ending their long wait for a league title. A complete centre forward, who worked tirelessly, assisted his team-mates and was utterly ruthless in front of goal

Affiliation

Org Uruguay National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Liverpool FC

Relationship

Wife Sofia Balbi

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[The still bitter Luis Suarez effectively accuses The Football Association of racism … for finding him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra last year] Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban but with [John] Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I’m South American and I think that’s the root of all of this

2013 12 31b Retrieve

[Reds striker Luis Suarez says sorry after showing a little too much hunger in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea by trying to eat Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic] I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologize also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez on Steven Gerrard] He played a massive part in convincing me to stay. He didn’t talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person. In those moments I forgot that he was ‘world football great Gerrard’, a Liverpool legend, but as a humble person who spoke to me with all his heart for hours. He said I was the best forward he’d ever played with, which given the amazing strikers that he’s played with at Liverpool, was amazing for me to hear. I’ll never forget that

2014 08 24
Luis Suarez bites an opponent at the 2014 World Cup

2014 11 12 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez has defended his history of biting players in matches by insisting it’s relatively harmless] They treated me like a criminal. [But] it was my fault. It was the third time something like that happened to me and I needed help, although I was an easy target. Biting scares a lot of people, but it’s relatively harmless, or at least it was in the incidents I was involved in. None of my bites were like Mike Tyson’s on Evander Holyfield, but nobody cares about that.

[Suarez made his unofficial debut for Barca in the Gamper Trophy back in the summer and he has revealed his head coach compared the striker’s sentence to that of a high-security terrorism prisoner in Cuba] They’ve finally released him from Guantanamo Bay to be with us. Everyone applauded the newly-released prisoner and I tried not to blush

[Suarez was linked heavily with Arsenal last year but, ultimately, Liverpool clung on to the former Ajax forward for one final season] He was spot on. He said: ‘Stay, play well for Liverpool, and Bayern, Real Madrid or Barca will soon come calling, because you’re good enough to play anywhere’

2015 03 22
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish first division Clasico soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

2015 04 18 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez on his incredible love story with now-wife Sofia Balbi – she moved to Catalonia in 2003, one year after they met] I managed to find a ticket to Barcelona, but I had no money to pay for it. My big brother lent me it, around 70 dollars. It was a long flight, I got lost, and they detained me at customs. I was 16 and I didn’t have any address – I didn’t have anything! I’d come with a white shirt and my nose had started bleeding. My girlfriend Sofia was waiting for me in the airport, but it had been two hours since I’d arrived and I still hadn’t come out. I was being detained there and I didn’t know why. They told me it was because I didn’t have address for where I was going to stay or anything else. I told them I’d come to visit my girlfriend, that she was living here. In the plane I’d seen mountains and beaches, so I said I’d come to visit the mountains and beaches. They opened my bag and found a note from Sofia’s aunt showing the address and a telephone number. I was so lucky! I finally got out. Sofia had spent the last three hours running around all the terminals, desperately looking for me, until I came out with my white blood-stained t-shirt!

2015 08 01 Tweet

[Luis Suarez on Twitter] Yesterday, a Uruguayan football great passed away. A man who marked the history of our country. Thank you Alcides Ghiggia

2015 12 19 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Luis Suarez after his hat-trick performance] I’m going to keep the ball in the museum!

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] The relationship is exemplary. [. . .] I enjoy playing with them, the form of the team, it’s a privilege. The good relationship means a lot because no one believes they are superior to anyone

2015 12 22 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] They (Messi and Neymar) are the top two players in the world. You know you will get chances to score playing alongside them

2015 12 23 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Me being the reference point inside the area is going to benefit the team a lot. I’m not saying I’ll play as a typical No 9 but because of the natural movements of Leo and Neymar, that is the space I will often end up occupying. People say it will resemble the (Samuel) Eto’o, Messi, (Thierry) Henry forward line. That could be true

2016 03 26 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez when Uruguay vs Brazil] I have a bet with Neymar. The winner gets a burger. He is a great team-mate and we always make jokes at Barcelona. But whoever will win this game will be enjoying himself and he who loses will be hearing it from the other. Above all, we are team-mates and friends

2016 05 21 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez reflects on the teasing nature of his two Barcelona team-mates] They try to wind me up by telling me just to take two touches, no more. And if at all possible, just one touch and make sure it’s in the area. It doesn’t bother me because I already know that. I know my limits. That’s why it doesn’t offend me, it makes me laugh. When Messi and Neymar start with the tricks on the training ground I usually leave so as not to get in the way

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Luis Suarez talks about his new contract with the club at an adidas event] It brings me great happiness to be where I want to be. That the club has given me a renewal means that they are happy with my performance and it is a sign of what is still to come. My renewal isn’t a message to Lionel Messi - he’s old enough to know what is good for him. My happiness will be complete only if Messi renews his contract as well

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez praises Lionel Messi after the Argentinian star scored a free-kick to help the side progress to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in a win over Athletic Bilbao] He has that something. He is the best in the world and it shows in every game. He always surprises us with something nice

2018 06 02 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez wishes Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery, after the Egyptian suffered a shoulder injury during the UEFA Champions League final while playing for Liverpool] Regarding Salah, the reality is that no-one is happy when a colleague suffers an injury, even more so when that happens in a match as it did, just before a World Cup. He is in a difficult situation, but I’ve consistently said I always want to play against the best to demonstrate that Uruguay are better. I would love him to have a good recovery and enjoy the World Cup. He is in the same situation as me four years ago and I don’t wish this on anyone

2018 09 26 Retrieve

[Luis Suárez’s verdict before the transfer window shut] Pogba’s an elite player who’s won everything. I think he’d like to be competing for more than he is. He would always be welcome

2019 04 27 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez speaks ahead of this week’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against his former club Liverpool] I’m so grateful but I’m there to play for Barcelona, knowing what our targets are. Once we’re playing there’ll be no friendship, no mates, none of those lovely memories. That’s the way I am as a player, everyone knows

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez, Forlan’s former international team-mate, paid tribute to the forward] Historic for Uruguayan football. Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all Uruguayans live, both in the national team and in all the teams you played. I will always be grateful for what you taught me, both on and off the field, a dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay. A lot of success in your new challenges, friend

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez says Lionel Messi’s apparent hint at retirement was misunderstood] [Messi] amazes me because he is a one-off and is making history. As a friend and team-mate, [the Ballon d’Or] makes me happy and proud because it’s a beautiful moment for him. [His comments] were misinterpreted. When someone wins a Ballon d’Or they are happy but also nervous. Leo is a human being and gets nervous like the rest of us. He wanted to say he might have to contend with retiring in a couple of years. It was misunderstood, but I’m sure Leo Messi will continue for a long while yet

If they bring in a new team-mate for me to compete with, that’s the same pressure as having to play every three days. And I have to be thinking about the future of the club – as a fan of the club, I have to think about the future, and maybe the best thing is if they sign a young or an established player to carry the torch as Barcelona’s number nine

2019 12 06b Retrieve

[Suarez includes Romario in his top five strikers of all time] The finish time for him is amazing

2019 12 06c Retrieve

[Suarez includes Ronaldo Nazario in his top five strikers of all time] The fat one. The first Ronaldo. The Brazilian Ronaldo. He’s really good. He’s so quick. He’s an intelligent guy. He’s a nice finisher. He had it all

2019 12 06d Retrieve

[Suarez includes Diego Forlan in his top five strikers of all time]</b> I think for me, one of the best of my career is [Diego] Forlan. I played with him, he’s a really good striker. Really clear-minded. He played for the team. He’s a striker who likes to score many goals. He likes to shoot and that’s what you want.

2019 12 06e Retrieve

[Suarez includes Gabriel Batistuta in his top five strikers of all time] He was my favourite player when I was a child. He was a really good No. 9 and he liked to shoot free-kicks. He loved to play for the team and I loved his character as well

2019 12 06f Retrieve

[Suarez includes Lionel Messi in his top five strikers of all time] Number one for me is Messi. Because he is one of the best in the world. It’s an easy decision for me

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez labelled his stunning back-heel effort for La Liga champions Barcelona as the best goal of his career] It’s the best goal of my career. I knew that it was a tight angle and the last option I had was to hit it with my heel. I was looking to bounce it because I had very little chance against the goalkeeper. [Head coach Ernesto] Valverde tells me that sometimes I miss the easiest ones and score the most difficult ones

[Barca produced an impressive performance at home to Mallorca as they moved ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference] This shows the confidence we’re gaining as the matches go by. We’ve been looking for our team-mates more and it was a great match today

[Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring in the seventh minute as the former Atletico Madrid star netted his first La Liga goal since October 18] He has had to take up a new position in attack, he must find his space. I congratulate him on settling in because it’s not easy

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Luis Suarez tells about his brilliant goal against Mallorca] It’s the best goal of my career. I knew that it was a tight angle and the last option I had was to hit it with my heel. I was looking to bounce it because I had very little chance against the goalkeeper. [Head coach Ernesto] Valverde tells me that sometimes I miss the easiest ones and score the most difficult ones

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[What Barcelona need in the January transfer window] If the club are looking for, or wish to bring in another No. 9, it would not be strange; it is the reality of football

2019 12 31 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez has suggested that he would be willing to discuss an extension to a contract at Barcelona which is due to expire in the summer of 2021] I am very happy in the club. I have always given everything to the cause. Statistics and numbers back me up, I think I am up to the task and when it comes to [contract] talks, we will see what happens

[Only four efforts separate him from the legendary Laszlo Kubala, with the iconic Hungarian very much in his sights] I have always said that personal challenges have to be left aside but in this case, when there is so little to match or overcome a historic player like Kubala, you feel very proud

Second place is obviously a more difficult challenge, but that does not take away from having it in the spotlight. You always try to do your best, but it will be done over time. First is unattainable, but it is very exciting to be able to reach Cesar’s numbers

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Suarez: Ernesto Valverde not to blame for Barca’s Supercopa loss] [Valverde] is not to blame, the mistakes were ours and we can’t make them. I do not know if they are defeats that help us grow, [but] this defeat shows that there are things to correct. It shows us that there are mistakes that cannot be committed because we were in control of the game and we have allowed them to hit us on the counter-attack

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez has revealed that his contract with the club will renew automatically should he play over 60 per cent of their matches next season] I am happy here and my family, too. I am where I have always wanted to be and I feel useful. The decision has to come from the club, they know my predisposition. I want to continue, but it does not depend on me. But there is also the option that next year if I play 60 per cent of the games in which I am available, I renew

I was playing because I was used to playing with pain. On the right knee I had problems. In the cartilage, I also had a meniscal cyst. This means that you force other areas of the knee and everything comes together and creates problems for you. I am strong in relation to criticism and I am also strong to be well again

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez says Lionel Messi will want to stay at Barcelona for his whole life] [The fears are] understandable because it’s what he’s said as well, that we’re not going to get what we want with what we have now. It depends on how the club recruits. Messi is very happy here. He’s so happy here, it’s his home. If the club does what has to be done, building a competitive team, then it’s going to be great for him and he’ll stay here for his whole life. He’s said that himself. I think the club understood his message. It’s normal for them to want the best player in the world, in the history of the club, to continue at this level here at Barcelona. I hope he stays

Bringing in players is good because it makes it more competitive and you’re fighting more for your place. I know how old I am and that I have to limit myself a bit sometimes. Competition is healthy and for the good of the team. Martin Braithwaite is going to surprise [people]. He’s at a great level. He was the best player Leganes had and, with the players he has around him at Barcelona, he can reach his potential

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez would welcome Lautaro Martinez’s arrival at Camp Nou] Lautaro is very talented. He is a player who in his second year in Italy is playing at a great level. But the players do not make decisions; I have been saying for two years that it would be good to bring in a young striker so he can start adapting and learn for when I leave

Sometimes when you are playing you hear that you need to be subbed already. That is the way football is. You realise that people value your work when you are not there. It is a comfort. It is good for players to come in because it makes you competitive and more concerned about being able to play. I am aware of my age and I have to pace myself more and more. Competition is healthy and it is good for the team

2020 03 17 Retrieve

[Barca’s Luis Suarez: It is up to ourselves to improve things] Hello everyone, from my house in Barcelona I wanted to send you a big hug, to send a lot of strength to all the people who are fighting against a virus that has us all very concerned. We must know that it is up to ourselves to be able to improve the situation. If we take care of ourselves, we take care of the next door and the entire population. Thousands of people who are suffering from a virus that worries the world. There are many countries that are suffering it, in Uruguay there have been some cases. It is essential to pay attention to what they tell you from now on. Hygiene must be taken care of, it is very important. If all together we can fight this, we can all continue enjoying life, our family and our friends to keep going. I send you a big hug and don’t forget to stay home.

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Boost for Barcelona as Suarez targets return when La Liga resumes] [My return] is within the possibilities that we’ve been managing and now there’s been a change, but the idea of returning early was clear. My doctor was telling me that I’ve been doing so well and that gave me hope of returning to play as soon as possible. The difference now is when the team returns, I’m going to be able to play

It was predicted to be at the start of May, but after the meetings I’ve had with the doctors and due to the continuing condition I’ve had, it went ahead a little earlier. I’d been coping very well with the work that I’ve been asked to do and that gave me strength to come back sooner than predicted

We have to take precautions and be realistic that people aren’t waiting to watch a football match, they’re waiting to be able to leave their house, enjoy themselves without fear, go to the park with their children, and enjoy life again

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Mythbuster: Suarez carried Rodgers & Liverpool’s 2014 title challenge] If it were not for Brendan, then I know I would not be the same player that you see at Barcelona today. Such a big part of my education is down to him and his management. He helped me with my runs, arriving in the area at the right time and coming in from wide, which benefited my confidence. We worked hard on finding ways I could isolate players and then try to beat them, man on man. That was the only way I could succeed in England. I wasn’t proven and I had to adapt to the Premier League, which Brendan knew. He knows all about English football and he educated me to become successful

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Suarez slams ‘hurtful’ claims Barca players refused wage cuts] A lot of hurtful things have been said about the squad’s salary cuts. People have said that the players didn’t want to accept them, then it was said that players from other areas of the club had reached an agreement, when the reality is that we were waiting to try and find the best solution for the club.

It hurts when people say things like that because we were always the first people that wanted to reach an agreement, as we know what the club’s situation is. No player in the squad refused a wage cut. A mutual agreement was reached between the players and the club. The captains spoke to the president and nobody refused it

2020 04 08 Retrieve

[Suarez backs Barcelona’s pursuit of Neymar and Lautaro Martinez] It is difficult to talk about players today. As is the situation in the world today, talking about who can come because of how everything is, is complicated. But I can speak of the players they are and they are huge players. Obviously Ney, everyone knows him and we know the appreciation that we have for him in the dressing room, which is as a player is indisputable because he still has a lot to give and in the dressing room he would always be welcome because of the affection he has. Lautaro is a player who has been growing a lot in Italy, he is a ‘nine’ who has movements that are spectacular and that reflects how great a striker he is

It is not that one feels compatible but that one feels happy that the club wants to incorporate players who come to help and fulfill the same objective that is everyone’s - that of wanting to win everything. Then when it comes to healthy competition in the team, there will always be and we will always throw everyone on the same side. So players who come to fight for a place and help the team will always be welcome, it will always be better and it will strengthen the group

[Suarez’s long-term future with Barcelona remains unclear as he stressed the focus must be on overcoming the present crisis] No, I still don’t know anything… in this case what I least think about now is the future because in the situation the world is experiencing today we have to think about what we are experiencing, how to get ahead, and then the future will be discussed. At the moment I have a contract with the club and I am not thinking of anything other than fulfilling that contract for now. Then the time will surely come for the club and for me to sit down and talk because the relationship was always good

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Suarez has endorsed a move Lautaro, and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar] It is difficult to talk about players today. As is the situation in the world today, talking about who can come because of how everything is, is complicated. But I can speak of the players they are and they are huge players. Obviously Ney, everyone knows him and we know the appreciation that we have for him in the dressing room, which is as a player is indisputable because he still has a lot to give and in the dressing room he would always be welcome because of the affection he has. Lautaro is a player who has been growing a lot in Italy, he is a ‘nine’ who has movements that are spectacular and that reflects how great a striker he is

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Former Inter and Barcelona attacker Luis Suarez believes Lautaro Martinez should stay with the Serie A giants]</b> If I were him, I wouldn’t change teams. Making a decision on whether to stay or not is very complicated, although if Messi called him then it would be easy to think about it. However, we’re talking about a boy who is still very young, and he has all the time in the world to go for other challenges in the future

Let’s say the truth, he would have less prominence in Spain than he does at Inter. I want to give [Lautaro] some advice – stay where you are

2020 05 30 Retrieve

[Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes] The ambitions are the same, win all we can and I think that we’re in good shape to do that, I see the team doing well and it’s hopeful.

[The South American forward, with 14 goals to his name this season] I’m really happy. At first I did some days with Juanjo [fitness coach] and then bit by bit I got back into the group. Now I have been working for a few days with the group. In part the coronavirus helped me gain time in my recovery, I will be able to play in games in which I wasn’t able to play. I’m very happy for that but there’s the negative side too with the situation that many people are living in today

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Suarez aims for landmark goal haul at Barcelona when La Liga returns] I always say that records or landmarks come by themselves. You just need to focus on helping the team as best you can. The chance to move past a legend like Kubala is very welcome. It means you left your mark at a great club like Barca.

I think it’s a mix of everything. I think we are not used to playing in such heat in the middle of summer, but we are acclimatising ourselves to playing matches in the heat. As for the fans, it will be unusual to play in a stadium without a crowd, but we will adapt. I have done it before, so we will just try to focus on the football and doing well and winning matches in the league, which we all want so much to win

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[‘Spectacular’ Lautaro’s arrival is the beginning of the end for Suarez at Barcelona] I’m doing just fine, adapting to the return to training with my team-mates, taking it step by step. Obviously, coming back from an injury is difficult because you are a little afraid, but I’m already enjoying training with my team-mates

[Suarez has been nothing but enthusiastic when asked about the Inter striker’s possible signing] He has all the talent to play at Barca. I have been saying for two years it would be good to bring in a young forward so he can start adapting and learn for when I am gone. Bringing in new players is great because it makes you more competitive. He is a No.9 who has spectacular movement and that reflects what a great forward he is.

Because of his age, we might be looking at the end of Luis Suarez at Barca. He has started picking up injuries of late and Barca cannot afford to wait to see what happens. If he can play, great, because he has always performed phenomenally. If not, you have to look for a substitute.

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez was among those to reach out and congratulate his former team, specifically mentioning Jordan Henderson, as he toasted the new Premier League champions] Jordan and all the other Liverpool players - I am so happy for you and your family, and for the people working in Liverpool and the Liverpool fans. I hope you enjoy this time because it’s amazing for the Liverpool supporters. You are the champions!

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed why he believes Liverpool are such a difficult opponent to play] I think the mentality of the players is so important on the pitch. We arrived in Liverpool 3-0 up, but when you play there they have the supporters and the manager, and the players are so focused and concentrated on the pitch. It’s difficult

They scored in the first 10 or 15 minutes and they got the confidence to continue their play. In the second half they played fantastically. We need to accept that and if we’d have scored one goal, we would have had a really good chance to go through, but I think they are really good players

2020 06 27b Retrieve

[The Blaugrana drew 2-2 at Celta on Saturday, meaning their title rivals can go two points clear by beating Espanyol on Sunday night] It was a vital match to fight for the title. We had a good first half, creating chances, but in the second half it was different, Celta wanting to be more aggressive. The result leaves a bitter taste, one of sadness and frustration because we have lost two points

2020 06 27c Retrieve

[Luis Suarez admitted Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo left a bitter taste as there was a potentially crucial twist in the La Liga title race on Saturday] We had a good first half, creating chances, but in the second half it was different, Celta wanting to be more aggressive. It [the result] leaves a bitter taste, one of sadness and frustration because we have lost two points

[Barca, who next face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, have now won just once in their last four away games in the league] For my part, I am happy to help with both goals, but you are angry because things have to be corrected. This was a complicated away game, as will be the trip to Villarreal. Then, in between, we host Atletico