José Giménez

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gímenez and the second or maternal family name is De Vargas.
José Giménez

Giménez at the 2014 World Cup
Personal information
Full name José María Giménez de Vargas
Date of birth (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995
Place of birth Toledo, Uruguay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 24
Youth career
Toledo Junior[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Danubio 16 (0)
2013– Atlético Madrid 48 (3)
National team
2013– Uruguay U20 11 (0)
2013– Uruguay 21 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:24, 1 March 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

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

Club career


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.[2]

Atlético Madrid

José María Giménez in Atlético Madrid

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]

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

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.[5] He also scored a header against biggest rival Real Madrid in Atlético's 2–0 win in the Copa del Rey in January 2015.

International career

José Giménez with Uruguay national team

Giménez participated for Uruguay at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup as the team finished as runner-up to France.[6]

He debuted for the Uruguay senior team in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Colombia on 10 September 2013.[6]

On 2 June 2014, Giménez was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 World Cup finals.[7] 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. [8] (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.[9]

Giménez scored his first international goal in a 1–0 friendly win against South Korea in September 2014.[10]

In May 2015, he was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2015 Copa América by coach Óscar Tabárez.[11] On 20 June, Giménez scored Uruguay's goal in a 1–1 draw with Paraguay which saw both teams progress to the knockout stage.[12]

Career statistics

As of 1 May 2016 [13]
Club Season League Cup Other International Total
Danubio 2012–13 1600000160
Total 160000000160
Atlético Madrid 2013–14 1010000020
2014–15 201410040262
2015–16 271002080381
Total 4625120120673
Career total 6425120120843

International goals

Scores and results list Uruguay's goal tally first.[14]
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 Friendly
3. 20 June 2015 Estadio La Portada, La Serena, Chile  Paraguay 1–0 1–1 2015 Copa América



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