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DIEGO LUGANO
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UPDATED 03:25 5th August 2013

ALBION boosted their central defensive options by signing Uruguay captain Diego Lugano from French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in August 2013.

The 6ft2in defender penned a two-year deal after passing a medical. 

Lugano arrived at The Hawthorns with a wealth of international, Champions League and top-flight experience from across the globe.

He spent the 2012/13 season on loan at a Malaga side which finished sixth in La Liga and reached the Champions League quarter-finals under current Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

On his arrival at The Hawthorns he had captained Uruguay on 77 occasions – more than any other player.

Lugano won his 86th cap in Uruguay’s Confederations Cup third/fourth place play-off with Italy in Brazil in June 2013.

He is also the second highest capped player in his country’s history, with only ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan having represented Uruguay more times.

The 32-year-old defender has also lifted the 2011 Copa America trophy – after beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final – and helped Uruguay reach the 2010 World Cup semi-finals.

Lugano was signed by Antoine Kombouare for PSG in August 2011. Injury limited him to 12 appearances for the Ligue One superpower before he joined Malaga a year ago.

Lugano started his career in his native city with Club Atletico de Canelones. Shortly after turning 18, he joined the youth set-up at Montevideo giants Nacional.

He was involved in the side that won back-to-back championships in 2000 and 2001 but went on loan to Plaza Colonia in 2002, where he was made club captain.

Lugano joined Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo the following year, going on to win the FIFA Club World Championship and Copa Libertadores in 2005.

The Brazilian 2006 Serie A title followed and he was voted the top defender in the country for the second successive season.

Later that year, he made the switch to Turkish side Fenerbahce where he spent five trophy-laden years, scoring an impressive 29 times. He helped them win two Super Lig titles, two Turkish Super Cups, one Turkish Cup and also reach the 2007/08 Champions League quarter-finals before moving to PSG.

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