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Martín Cáceres

José Martín Cáceres Silva (born 7 April 1987 in Montevideo) is an Uruguayan professional Association football who plays for Juventus F.C in Serie A on loan from Sevilla FC. Martín Cáceres primary position is Defender (football) Centre back, but Martín Cáceres can also operate at Defender (association football) Full back or left back.

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Martín Cáceres biography


José Martín Cáceres Silva (born 7 April 1987 in Montevideo) is an Uruguayan professional Association football who plays for Juventus F.C in Serie A on loan from Sevilla FC. Martín Cáceres primary position is Defender (football) Centre back, but Martín Cáceres can also operate at Defender (association football) Full back or left back.

Club career

Early years

Cáceres started Martín Cáceres career with Montevideo-based Defensor Sporting, becoming a first-team regular at a young age, and competing in one full Uruguayan Primera División season with the team. In early February 2007, Martín Cáceres had already signed for Spain 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 2007–08 La Liga (2,988 minutes, often partering Portugal Beto (Portuguese footballer born 1976) in central defense) as the Andalusians managed to retain its division status, finishing in 16th position; on 9 January 2008, Martín Cáceres scored against the team that owned Martín Cáceres rights in 2007–08 Copa del Rey's Copa del Rey (1–0 home win, but 1–2 loss on aggregate), and never appeared officially for the Yellow Submarine.

Barcelona

Cáceres joined FC Barcelona on 4 June 2008, with a reported transfer fee of Euro16.5 million being paid to Villarreal. A buyout clause of €50 million was included in the deal, which ran until June 2012. During 2008–09 La Liga at the Camp Nou, Martín Cáceres featured sparsely, due to both injury and technical decisions.

Even after Martín Cáceres recovery, Cáceres only managed to be fourth-choice stopper for the Catalonia, behind Rafael Márquez, Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol. Martín Cáceres appeared in three games in 2008–09 UEFA Champions League's UEFA Champions League (two starts, 217 minutes), being an unused Substitute (association football) in 2009 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United F.C. which completed Treble (association football) 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 Martín Cáceres stay permanent at the end of 2009–10 Serie A for €11 million, plus €1 million in variables. Martín Cáceres made Martín Cáceres 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 Martín Cáceres made a goal-scoring debut, netting the opener in a 2–0 away win against S.S. Lazio. Martín Cáceres began as a regular under Ciro Ferrara, but Martín Cáceres campaign would be ultimately disrupted by a number of injuries, including one in January 2010 that ruled Martín Cáceres out for several months.

Sevilla

On 30 August 2010, Cáceres returned to Spain and joined Sevilla FC on a 2010–11 La Liga-long loan, with an option to purchase. Martín Cáceres featured regularly for the Gregorio Manzano-led team, especially at right defender 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 Denmark was given a straight Ejection (sports), 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 2011–12 UEFA Europa League 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 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. In late January 2012, however, Martín Cáceres returned to Juventus, on loan.

On 8 February 2012, Cáceres made Martín Cáceres debut for Juve in Martín Cáceres second spell, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against A.C. Milan for 2011–12 Coppa Italia's Coppa Italia, and scoring both of Martín Cáceres team's goals.

International career

Cáceres played with the Uruguay national under-20 football team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada, appearing in all the games in an eventual round of 16 exit. Previously, Martín Cáceres was named the Best Defender at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, helping Martín Cáceres team to the third place.

Cáceres made Martín Cáceres debut for Uruguay national football team on 12 September of that year, in Johannesburg against South Africa national football team. In 2010, Martín Cáceres was selected by manager Óscar Tabárez for Martín Cáceres list of 23 players for 2010 FIFA World Cup's FIFA World Cup, backing up F.C. Porto's Jorge Fucile at right-back, and appearing in the semifinals against the Netherlands national football team and the third-place match against Germany national football team (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.

International goals

: 2008–09 La Liga
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09 Copa del Rey
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09 UEFA Champions League

National team

- Copa América: 2011 Copa América

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart%C3%ADn_C%C3%A1ceres

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