- Martín Cáceres
Martín Cáceres Personal information Full name José Martín Cáceres Silva Date of birth 7 April 1987 Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Playing position Defender Club information Current club Sevilla 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– Sevilla 2 (0) National team‡ 2007 Uruguay U20 4 (0) 2007– Uruguay 33 (1) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 July 2011
His primary position is central defender, but he can also operate at right or left back.
Cáceres started his career with Montevideo-based 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 outfit Villarreal CF, with the deal being made effective in July.
Upon arriving at Villarreal, Cáceres was immediately sent on loan to fellow La Liga club Recreativo de Huelva, being one of the most used players during the season (2,988 minutes, often partering Portuguese 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 team that owned his rights in the season's Copa del Rey (1–0 home win, but 1–2 loss on aggregate), and never appeared officially for the Yellow Submarine.
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. 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 season'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. 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.
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. 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 ruled him out for several months.
On 30 August 2010, Cáceres returned to Spain and joined Sevilla FC on a season-long loan, with an option to purchase. He featured regularly for the Gregorio Manzano-led team, especially at right defender following the return of Abdoulay Konko to Genoa CFC, 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 season, but miraculously recovered for the final two games, with Sevilla finishing fifth and qualifying to the UEFA Europa League.
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. Previously, he was named the Best Defender at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, helping his team to the third place.
Cáceres made his debut for the full side on 12 September of that year, in Johannesburg against South Africa. In 2010, he was selected by manager Óscar Tabárez for his list of 23 players for that year's FIFA World Cup, backing up F.C. Porto's Jorge Fucile at right-back, and appearing in the semifinals against the Netherlands and the third-place match against Germany (both 2–3 losses).
With Fucile not being selected to the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, Cáceres appeared in five out of six matches during the tournament - as right defender - with the Charrúas winning their 15th continental tournament.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition 1 23 June 2011 Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera, Rivera, Uruguay Estonia 1–0 3–0 Friendly
- ^ a b El Villarreal ficha a Martín Cáceres (Villarreal signs Martín Cáceres); Merca Futbol, 2 February 2007 (Spanish)
- ^ El Recreativo presenta al lateral Pampa Calvo y al central Cáceres (Recreativo presents full-back Pampa Calvo and centre-back Cáceres); Cadena SER, 27 July 2007 (Spanish)
- ^ Otro chasco (another letdown); Submarino Amarillo, 9 January 2008 (Spanish)
- ^ Agreement for Cáceres with Villarreal; FC Barcelona's website, 4 June 2008
- ^ "Cáceres goes to Juventus on loan". FC Barcelona's website. 6 August 2009. http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/futbol/temporada09-10/08/n090806106094.html. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
- ^ "Friendly: Submarine sink Juve". Football Italia. 7 August 2009. http://football-italia.net/aug8a.html. Retrieved 7 August 2009. [dead link]
- ^ Lazio 0-2 Juventus; ESPN Soccernet, 12 September 2009
- ^ Martin Caceres to replace William Gallas as Arsenal's newbie?; Bleacher Report, 6 April 2010
- ^ "Cáceres loaned to Sevilla". FC Barcelona's website. 30 August 2010. http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/noticies/futbol/temporada10-11/08/30/n100830112642.html. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- ^ "Sevilla's Martin Caceres ruled out for rest of season". Goal.com. 4 May 2011. http://www.goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2011/05/04/2471024/sevillas-martin-caceres-ruled-out-for-rest-of-season. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- ^ "Sevilla exercise option to purchase Cáceres". FC Barcelona's website. 31 May 2011. http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/noticies/futbol/temporada10-11/05/31/n110531117809.html. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- ^ Martín Cáceres – FIFA competition record
- Sevilla official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Martín Cáceres at National-Football-Teams.com
- Martín Cáceres – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Transfermarkt profile
- Official Barcelona profile
Uruguay squads Uruguay squad – 2010 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place1 Muslera • 2 Lugano (c) • 3 Godín • 4 Fucile • 5 Gargano • 6 Victorino • 7 Cavani • 8 Eguren • 9 Suárez • 10 Forlán • 11 Á. Pereira • 12 Castillo • 13 Abreu • 14 Lodeiro • 15 Pérez • 16 M. Pereira • 17 Arévalo Ríos • 18 I. González • 19 Scotti • 20 Á. Fernández • 21 S. Fernández • 22 Cáceres • 23 Silva • Coach: Tabárez Uruguay squad – 2011 Copa América Winners (15th Title)1 Muslera • 2 Lugano (c) • 3 Godín • 4 Coates • 5 Gargano • 6 Victorino • 7 Rodríguez • 8 Eguren • 9 Suárez • 10 Forlán • 11 Á. Pereira • 12 Castillo • 13 Abreu • 14 Lodeiro • 15 Pérez • 16 M. Pereira • 17 Arévalo Ríos • 18 Hernández • 19 Scotti • 20 González • 21 Cavani • 22 Cáceres • 23 Silva • Coach: Tabárez Sevilla FC – current squad
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