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Martín Cáceres

Martín Cáceres
Cáceres playing for Juventus in 2013
Personal information
Full name José Martín Cáceres Silva
Date of birth (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 4
Youth career
Defensor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Defensor 26 (4)
2007–2008 Villarreal 0 (0)
2007–2008 Recreativo (loan) 34 (2)
2008–2011 Barcelona 13 (0)
2009–2010 Juventus (loan) 15 (1)
2010–2011 Sevilla (loan) 25 (1)
2011–2012 Sevilla 14 (1)
2012 Juventus (loan) 11 (1)
2012– Juventus 47 (2)
National team
2007 Uruguay U20 4 (0)
2007– Uruguay 66 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2015

José Martín Cáceres Silva (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 7 April 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Juventus F.C. in Italy. His primary position is central defender, but he can also operate as a left or right back, being noted for his pace, strength, tackling and aerial ability.[1]

After starting out at Defensor, he was bought by Villarreal in 2007. In the following years he competed in Spain and Italy, notably winning four Serie A titles with Juventus and the 2009 Champions League with Barcelona.

An Uruguayan international since the age of 20, Cáceres represented the country in two World Cups and the 2011 Copa América.

Club career

Early years

Born in Montevideo, Cáceres started his career with hometown's Defensor Sporting, becoming a first-team regular at a young age and competing in one full Primera División season with the team. In early February 2007 he had already signed for Spanish club Villarreal CF, with the deal being made effective in July.[2][3]

Upon arriving at Villarreal Cáceres was immediately sent on loan to fellow La Liga team Recreativo de Huelva,[4] being one of the most used players during the season and often partnering Beto in central defense as the Andalusians managed to retain its division status, finishing in 16th position; on 9 January 2008 he scored against the club that owned his rights in the season's Copa del Rey (1–0 home win, but 1–2 loss on aggregate),[5] and never appeared officially for the Yellow Submarine.

Barcelona

Cáceres joined FC Barcelona on 4 June 2008, with a reported transfer fee of 16.5 million being paid to Villarreal. A buyout clause of €50 million was included in the deal, which ran until June 2012.[6] During his only season at the Camp Nou he featured sparsely, due to both injury and technical decisions.

Even after his recovery, Cáceres only managed to be fourth-choice stopper for the Catalans, behind Rafael Márquez, Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol. He appeared in three games in the campaign's UEFA Champions League – two starts, 217 minutes – being an unused substitute in the final against Manchester United which completed the treble for Barça.

On 6 August 2009 Barcelona loaned Cáceres to Juventus F.C. in Serie A, with the Turin team having an option to make his stay permanent at the end of the season for €11 million, plus €1 million in variables.[7] He made his debut in a pre-season friendly against former team Villarreal the following day, replacing Jonathan Zebina at right-back at half-time.[8]

The league season began well for Cáceres as he made a goal-scoring debut, netting the opener in a 2–0 away win against S.S. Lazio.[9] He began as a regular under Ciro Ferrara, but his campaign would be ultimately disrupted by a number of injuries, including one in January 2010 that put him out of action for several months.[10]

Sevilla

On 30 August 2010, Cáceres returned to Spain and joined Sevilla FC on a season-long loan, with an option to purchase.[11] He featured regularly for the Gregorio Manzano-led team, especially at right back following the return of Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C. in January 2011.

On 1 May 2011, Cáceres was severely injured by Michael Jakobsen in a match against UD Almería, suffering a lacerated kidney following a dangerous challenge. The Dane was given a straight red card, and the South American was initially ruled out for the rest of the campaign,[12] but miraculously recovered for the final two games, with Sevilla finishing fifth and qualifying to the UEFA Europa League.

On 31 May 2011, Sevilla agreed a €3 million deal plus €1.5 million in variables with Barcelona for the permanent move of Cáceres to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.[13] In late January 2012, however, he returned to Juventus, on loan.[14]

Juventus return

At Juventus, Cáceres chose to wear the number 4 shirt, which had previously belonged to compatriot Paolo Montero.[15] He made his debut for Juve in his second spell on 8 February 2012, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against A.C. Milan in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and scoring both of his team's goals.[16] On 25 March he netted his first league goal, heading home an Andrea Pirlo corner kick in the 57th minute of a 2–0 home success over Inter Milan.[17]

On 25 May 2012 Cáceres joined Juventus on a permanent basis, signing a four-year contract.[18] He missed most of the first half of the 2014–15 campaign, after picking up an injury in a 3–2 home win over A.S. Roma in October 2014 which sidelined him for three months. He returned to the starting line-up on 11 January 2015, scoring in a 3–1 away win over S.S.C. Napoli.[19] On 8 March, however, he fractured his ankle during a training session, requiring surgery; as a result, he was ruled out indefinitely.[20]

Cáceres returned to the starting line-up on 8 August 2015, in Juventus's 2–0 victory over Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana.[21][22] In late September, however, he had his driving license revoked for six months and was suspended by the club after crashing his Ferrari into a bus stop in Turin following a wrong turn. He is alleged to have been over the legal alcohol limit for driving.[23][24]

International career

Cáceres before a game with Uruguay in 2011

Cáceres played with the Uruguayan under-20 team at the 2007 FIFA World Cup held in Canada, appearing in all the games in an eventual round-of-16 exit.[25] Previously, he was named the Best Defender at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, helping his team to the third place.[2]

Cáceres made his debut for Netherlands and the third-place match against Germany (both 2–3 losses).[25]

With Fucile not being selected to the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, Cáceres appeared in five out of six games during the tournament – as right and left back – with the Charrúas winning their 15th continental tournament.[26][27][28] He notably scored the decisive penalty in a penalty shootout victory over the hosts, in the quarter-finals.[29]

Cáceres made four appearances for Uruguay in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup: in the third-place match against Italy, his penalty was saved by Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon, as the opposition won the shootout by 3–2 after a 2–2 deadlock following extra time.[30] He played four games in the 2014 World Cup, helping the nation reach the last-16 phase.

Due to an ankle injury suffered in March 2015, Cáceres was excluded from Uruguay's 2015 Copa América squad.[31]

International goals

[32] |- | 1. || 23 June 2011 || Atilio Paiva Olivera, Rivera, Uruguay ||  Estonia || 1–0 || 3–0 || Friendly |- | 2. || 8 October 2015 || Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia ||  Bolivia || 1–0 || 2–0 || 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification |}

Style of play

Cáceres' tenacious approach drew comparisons to countryman Montero, who also played for Juventus.[33]

Club statistics

As of 8 August 2015[34][35]
Team Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defensor 2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07 24 4 0 0 0 0 24 4
Total 26 4 0 0 0 0 26 4
Recreativo 2007–08 34 2 2 1 36 3
Barcelona 2008–09 13 0 7 0 3 0 23 0
Juventus 2009–10 15 1 1 0 5 0 21 1
Sevilla 2010–11 25 1 5 0 7 0 37 1
2011–12 14 1 4 0 0 0 18 1
Total 39 2 9 0 7 0 55 2
Juventus 2011–12 11 1 3 2 14 3
2012–13 18 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 22 1
2013–14 17 0 1 1 11 0 1 0 30 1
2014–15 10 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 14 1
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Career totals 183 11 27 4 30 0 2 0 241 15
1Includes Liguilla Pre-Libertadores, Copa del Rey and Coppa Italia.
2Includes Copa Libertadores, UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.
3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.

Honours

Club

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Barcelona
Juventus

Country

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External links

  • Juventus official profile
  • Martín Cáceres profile at BDFutbol
  • Martín Cáceres at National-Football-Teams.com
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
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