Date Of Birth: 15/09/1999
Place Of Birth: Fray Bentos (Uruguay)
2°Nd Nationality: Italian (Passport within December)
Best Foot: Right
Position: Central Defender
Club: Club Nacional
Scout: Jacopo Palmieri
Born in Fray Bentos (Uruguay), he is a product of the Nacional youth sector. He was part of the Nacional U-20 which won the Libertadores U-20 in 2018 (for him also a goal in the competition). He made his debut in the first team on 8 May 2019, when he was called upon to play the last 40 minutes of the match against Cerro Porteno, the last match of the Libertadores Cup group.
He made his debut in the Uruguayan top flight on 28 July 2019, playing as a starter and for all 90 minutes the home match against Progreso, valid for the Intermediate tournament and won 4 to 2 thanks also to a goal from him. In the same season he collects another presence in the Apertura tournament (against River Plate, starter and on the pitch for all 90 minutes), 6 appearances in the Clausura tournament (always starter without ever being replaced, one of his goals was decisive for away victory against Progreso), 2 appearances in December 2019 in the Primera Division playoffs (playing as a starter against Penarol both the playoff to decree the winner of the Clausura tournament and the playoff semifinal, which directly awarded the title to the biancoblu without having to play the final since Nacional was also the team with the most points on the Tabla Anual).
In total in 2019 he therefore collects 11 appearances and 2 goals with the Nacional shirt, remaining on the field for 1,012 minutes overall.
In the 2020 season (which had its epilogue in 2021 due to the pandemic), the young Uruguayan defender considerably increases attendance and playing time, becoming a staple of the Nacional rearguard. In fact, between Apertura, Intermedio tournament and Clausura he took the field 26 times (20 as a starter), scoring a goal. In the Copa Libertadores he made a total of 9 appearances between group and knockout matches, playing as a starter the 4 rounds and quarter-final matches against Independiente and River Plate, respectively. He then played 3 Primera Division playoff games: 14 minutes on October 15, 2020 in the play-off final against Rentistas to decree the winner of the Apertura tournament, 180 minutes in the two challenges played in April 2021 always with Rentistas and valid for the assignment of the title (Nacional became champion for the 2nd consecutive year by winning both the first leg and second leg final: in the first leg home victory for 3 to 0 thanks also to a goal by Laborda while in the return 1 to 0 in away). In the 2020 season he therefore collects a total of 38 appearances and 2 goals (3,055 total minutes). In the current season (2021) he made 4 appearances (3 in the Libertadores Cup group and 1 in the Supercopa Uruguaya won 2-0 on 2 May 2021 against Wanderers), before contracting the Coronavirus which kept him off the pitch for a month making him miss two Libertadores Cup matches and the first two matches of the Apertura tournament.
Defeated the virus, he made his seasonal debut in the Apertura tournament on June 5, 2021, playing all 95 minutes of the match won 2-1 away against Plaza Colonia. In total in the current season he has therefore collected 5 appearances so far (489 minutes overall). In his club career he has so far totaled 54 appearances and 4 goals with the Nacional jersey: - 40 appearances and 4 goals between Apertura, Intermedio tournament, Clausura and playoffs; - 1 presence in Supercopa Uruguaya; - 13 appearances in the Libertadores Cup. In 2017 he made his debut with Uruguay U17, playing the last 10 minutes of a friendly match (the only presence with the U17). On 23 May 2018 he made his debut with Uruguay U20, playing as a starter and for all 90 minutes the match ended 2 to 2 against England.
He will get another U20 presence on 1 August 2018, playing 50 minutes of the match won 2 to 1 against Moroccan peers. In 2019 he was called up for the U20 South American Championship without ever taking the field. In 2020 he participated with Uruguay U23 in the pre-Olympic CONMEBOL tournament: his debut took place on January 26, 2020 when he played as a starter the match against Bolivia U23 and then took part in the matches against the U23 selections in Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia (5 appearances, 487 total minutes).
Mathias Laborda is a very flexible defender, who can be used as a central defender (center-right or center-left in a 4-man defense, right arm in a 3-man defense) or right-back. In the current season, which has just begun, he has held the role of right-back on three occasions and in two the role of right arm in a 3-man defense.
He is a very attentive and concentrated defender, applied, with great determination and temperament, very skilled in aerial play, in anticipation and in marking. His distinctive features certainly include aggression, determination and the decision with which he faces tackles and defensive interventions (sometimes the tackles are also very rough).
He is endowed with good speed, remarkable endurance and good technical qualities. He is an energetic defender, with a good physical structure, who presses against the attackers with great intensity and aggression, not letting them turn and often looking for an advance. Tactically intelligent, he is always well positioned and also skilled in running backwards to close the depth to the attacking opponents with good reads. Concentrated and very attentive to the development of the action, he is unlikely to be found unprepared in his area of expertise, always showing himself ready to intervene.
In general, he prefers safe interventions, even moving away the sphere if necessary to avoid risks. He is very skilled in tight scoring in the penalty area: he is in fact very reactive and quick in moving with his hands behind his back, always positioning himself at a very close distance from the attackers, closing the mirror with his body. He is dominant in the aerial game, he detaches with great temperament and this skill has allowed him to become very formidable even in the realization phase (all 4 goals scored in career by Laborda have in fact come from the head from the development of corner or cross. coming from the bands).
He does not have great tasks in setting up the game, however when called into question he does not risk much and prefers a simple and safe game, very rarely coming out of the defense with the ball and chain. When employed in the role of right back or right arm, he is always very aggressive in pressure on the opposing wings, looking for the advance or not giving them space to turn around, being very difficult to jump in a one-on-one situation (often goes very high in pressure, also centralizing the position to quickly fetch the man from behind who is about to receive the ball).
In the event of a change of play by the opposing team, he is able to suddenly slide to the right to anticipate his direct opponent. He is also very good at defensive diagonals. Furthermore, as a right-back, he often accompanies the action in the possession phase, supporting the maneuver even with overlaps and still showing a decent quality in crosses and verticalizations. In conclusion, Mathias Laborda is one of the most interesting young defenders in Uruguayan football.
Despite his young age, he has already shown that he has a great personality and multiple qualities, which have allowed him to become an immovable owner of the team that has won the last two national titles in Uruguay. Although there is ample room for improvement for the young Uruguayan defender both from a technical and physical point of view, I believe that the performances of which he has become a protagonist in recent years in the Uruguayan championship are of absolute value and that he is ready to take the big leap. in football
-0.1 key pass per game (74% accurate)
-0.37 shoot per game
-0.53 cross per game (20% accurate)
-11 challenges - 3 aerial - 8 ground (68% won)
-0.6 dribbling per game (46% succesful)
-3 tackles per game (53% succesful)
-29 passes per game (81% accurate)