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José María Giménez de Vargas (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse maˈɾi.a xiˈmenez ðe ˈβaɾɣas];[a] born 20 January 1995) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Uruguay national team as a central defender.

José Giménez
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Giménez playing for Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name José María Giménez de Vargas
Date of birth (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Toledo, Uruguay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 24
Youth career
Toledo Junior[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Danubio 16 (0)
2013– Atlético Madrid 109 (3)
National team
2013–2014 Uruguay U20 11 (0)
2013– Uruguay 49 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:28, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:00, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

After starting out his professional career with his Danubio FC, Gimenez moved to Spain, signing for Atlético Madrid ahead of the 2013-14 season.[3] A solid, powerful and fast moving defender, Gimenez settled quickly with the club, winning four major titles with the latter, including the La Liga title in his debut season.[4]

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Club careerEdit

DanubioEdit

Born in Toledo, Giménez made his professional debut for Danubio F.C. in the Uruguayan Primera División on 17 November 2012 (when the manager was Juan Ramón Carrasco) against River Plate in which he started and played the full 90 minutes as Danubio lost the match 2–0.[5]

Atlético MadridEdit

 
José María Giménez at Atlético Madrid playing against Jefferson Farfán of Lokomotiv Moscow in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League round of 16

On 25 April 2013, it was confirmed that Giménez had signed for €900,000 with Spanish side Atlético Madrid, and would join the club in the pre-season of the 2013–14 season.[3]

 
Giménez at practice

On 14 September, Giménez made his Atleti – and La Liga – debut, starting in a 4–2 home win over UD Almería.[6]

Giménez scored his first goal for the club on 6 December 2014, opening a 2–0 win away to Elche CF to move Atlético into second place.[7] He also scored a header against their biggest rival Real Madrid in Atlético's 2–0 win in the Copa del Rey in January 2015.

On 20 February 2019, Gimenez scored the opener in 2-0 home win against Italian champions Juventus to give Atlético the advantage in the first leg of the Round of 16 fixture in the UEFA Champions League.[8]

International careerEdit

 
Giménez (upper row, second from the right) lining up for a team photo with his compatriots during the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Giménez participated for Uruguay at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup as the team finished as runner-up to France.[9]

He debuted for the Uruguay senior team in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Colombia on 10 September 2013.[9]

On 2 June 2014, Giménez was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.[10] The 19-year-old defender made his tournament debut against England in the team's second group match, deputising for the injured captain Diego Lugano in a 2–1 victory for La Celeste. [11] (with 19 years and 149 days old, he is the youngest Uruguayan player to debut at a world cup). He went on to start in the final group match – a 1–0 win over Italy – and the 2–0 round of 16 loss to Colombia.[12]

Giménez scored his first international goal in a 1–0 friendly win against South Korea in September 2014.[13]

In May 2015, he was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2015 Copa América by coach Óscar Tabárez.[14] On 20 June, Giménez scored Uruguay's goal in a 1–1 draw with Paraguay which saw both teams progress to the knockout stage.[15]

In May 2018 he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[16]

On 15 June, he scored the winning goal in the final minute of Uruguay's opening game of the World Cup against Egypt.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 16 March 2019[18]
Club Season League Cup Other Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Danubio 2012–13 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Atlético Madrid 2013–14 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 20 1 4 1 0 0 4 0 28 2
2015–16 27 1 2 0 0 0 8 0 37 1
2016–17 17 0 6 1 0 0 6 0 29 1
2017–18 23 1 4 1 0 0 11 0 38 2
2018–19 17 0 2 0 1 0 5 2 25 2
Total 105 3 19 3 1 0 34 2 149 8
Career total 111 3 19 3 1 0 34 2 165 8

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 25 March 2019.[19]
Uruguay
Year Apps Goals
2013 3 0
2014 12 2
2015 10 1
2016 5 0
2017 9 1
2018 8 3
2019 2 0
Total 49 7

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Uruguay's goal tally first.[18]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2014 Goyang Stadium, Goyang, South Korea   South Korea 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 13 November 2014 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay   Costa Rica 2–2 3–3
3. 20 June 2015 Estadio La Portada, La Serena, Chile   Paraguay 1–0 1–1 2015 Copa América
4. 4 June 2017 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland   Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–3 Friendly
5. 7 June 2018 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay   Uzbekistan 3–0 3–0
6. 15 June 2018 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia   Egypt 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
7. 7 September 2018 NRG Stadium, Houston, United States   Mexico 1–0 4–1 Friendly

HonoursEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Giménez, de and Vargas are pronounced [xiˈmenes], [de] and [ˈbaɾɣas], respectively.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 32.
  2. ^ "Strong Roots: Giménez honored in Toledo". Futbol. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Atlético Madrid complete signing of teenage defender Jose María Giménez". Sky Sports News. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Atletico Madrid win La Liga". Sport 24. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "DANUBIO VS. RIVER PLATE 0 - 2". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  6. ^ Atleti maintain perfect start Archived 23 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 14 September 2013
  7. ^ "Elche 0-2 Atl Madrid". BBC Sport. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus". The Guardian. 20 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Jose GIMENEZ". FIFA.com. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Mondiali, Uruguay, Lugano ancora out: contro l'Italia (ri)tocca a baby Gimenez" [World Cup, Uruguay, Lugano still out: against Italy they will turn to baby Gimenez]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 21 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  12. ^ "José María Giménez". FIFA. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Stakes are high in South American friendlies as players look to impress". ESPN. 12 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Uruguay confirm Copa América squad numbers as Rolán lands Suárez's No.9". Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Uruguay 1-1 Paraguay". BBC. 20 June 2015.
  16. ^ Tremlett, Sam (15 June 2018). "Uruguay World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide". World Soccer. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  17. ^ Emons, Michael (15 June 2018). "Egypt 1–0 Uruguay". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b José Giménez at Soccerway
  19. ^ José Giménez at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ "Madrid finally fulfil Décima dream". UEFA. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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