Tuesday 23 May 2017

Luis Suarez factfile

1987: Born January 24 in Salto, Uruguay.

2005: Makes professional debut with Montevideo club Nacional, scoring 12 goals in 29 games in his one and only season in South America.

2006: Signs for Dutch side FC Groningen and fires 10 goals in 29 appearances for the club.

2007 -- February 8: Makes debut for Uruguay against Colombia and is sent off in the 85th minute.

August : Joins Ajax in a deal reportedly worth £6.3m.

2008: Ends debut season in Amsterdam with 17 goals in 33 Eredivisie games.

2009 -- May: Suarez nets 22 goals in 31 league appearances for Ajax.

November: Part of the Uruguay side which books the final place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a 2-1 aggregate win over Costa Rica.

2010 -- May: Suarez enjoys his most prolific season in Holland yet, with 35 goals in 33 Eredivisie matches.

June: Suarez scores three goals to help Uruguay reach the quarter-finals, but is then sent off for a goal-line handball against Ghana in the last eight. Ghana miss the resultant penalty before Uruguay go on to triumph in a shoot-out. Without Suarez in the line-up, Uruguay lose to Holland in the semi-finals.

November: Banned for seven matches after being found guilty of biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.

2011 -- January 28: Liverpool agree a deal worth up to £22.8m with Ajax for Suarez.

February 2: Scores on his Liverpool debut in a 2-0 victory over Stoke at Anfield.

October: Manchester United defender Patrice Evra makes an allegation that Suarez racially abused him during the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and United at Anfield on October 15.

November 17: Suarez is charged by the Football Association with racially abusing Evra following a month-long investigation.

December 20: The FA ban Suarez for eight matches and fine him £40,000.

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