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Diego Lugano on loan to Málaga CF following agreement with Paris Saint Germain

Uruguayan-born defender, Diego Lugano (Canelones, 2-11-80) will be with Málaga Club de Fútbol until the end of the season, without an option to buy at the end of the loan period. The agreement between the Martiricos Club and Paris Saint Germain was reached this morning.

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23/01/2013 10:24

Lugano landed in Málaga yesterday afternoon, and began the routine medical examinations in Clínicas Rincón – Málaga CF, the medical centre situated in La Rosaleda.  Following the completion of the tests this morning, the captain of the Uruguay national team joined the training session with the Blue and Whites, under the instruction of Manuel Pellegrini.  Lugano, who will wear the number ‘4’ shirt, will be officially presented at La Rosaleda at 1 p.m., and could be included in the team line-up for the UEFA Champions League.
 
Diego Alfredo Lugano, nicknamed Tota, was born in Canelones in Uruguay.  He began his footballing career in Libertad de Canelones, where he obtained his first two League titles.  Following time on loan with Plaza Colonia, Lugano returned to Nacional until 2001/02.  The defender was then signed to Sao Paulo, where he became one of the most important players in the Brazilian-based team.  He took part in 184 official matches and conquered the ‘Paulista’, ‘Brasileirao’, ‘Copa Libertadores’ and ‘Mundial de Clubes’, as well as being named the best defender in the ‘Brasileirao’ in 2005.  Following his immense success with Sao Paulo, Diego Lugano moved to Turkey in 2006/07 to play for Fenerbahçe.  During his time with this team, they were proclaimed champions of the Turkish Super League twice, as well as the Turkish Super Cup.  After five years in Turkey, the Uruguayan-born defender was signed to Paris Saint Germain in 2011/12.
 
Captain of Uruguay national team
Diego Lugano made his official debut with Uruguay in 2003, in a Carlsberg Cup match against Iran on 4th February.  He has played in 68 matches for his country and scored eight goals.  In recent years Lugano was named captain of Uruguay, and described as a fundamental player in the team’s fourth place success in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, as well as the champions of the America Cup in 2011.