Diego Godín

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Diego Godín
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Godín before a game with Uruguay in 2014
Personal information
Full name Diego Roberto Godín Leal
Date of birth (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Rosario, Uruguay
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 2
Youth career
Defensor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Cerro 63 (6)
2006–2007 Nacional 26 (0)
2007–2010 Villarreal 91 (4)
2010– Atlético Madrid 135 (9)
National team
2005– Uruguay 86 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Godín and the second or maternal family name is Leal.

Diego Roberto Godín Leal (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ɣoˈðin]; born 16 February 1986) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid as a central defender.

He has spent most of his professional career in Spain, representing Villarreal and Atlético Madrid and winning five major titles with the latter.

An Uruguayan international since 2005, Godín appeared for the country at two World Cups and two Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Villarreal[edit]

Born in Rosario, Godín started his professional career with C.A. Cerro at the age of 17. After his good performances, he was transferred to top division powerhouse Club Nacional de Football, where he quickly became captain due to his maturity and professionalism.

In August 2007, Godín signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal CF,[1] scoring in just his second game, a 2–3 away loss against CA Osasuna on 7 October,[2] and participating with 24 matches in the club's best league placement ever (second). He consolidated his starting position in the subsequent seasons, mostly partnering Argentine Gonzalo Rodríguez in the heart of the back four.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 4 August 2010, after experiencing his best season at Villarreal – 36 games, three goals – Godín joined fellow first-divisioner Atlético Madrid on a five-year contract, after the two clubs agreed an initial fee believed to be around 8 million or £6.6 million.[3] He made his official debut for the Colchoneros on the 27th, playing the entire 2–0 win against Inter Milan for the season's UEFA Super Cup.

On 1 November 2013, Godín signed a new contract with Atlético, keeping him at the club until 2018. "I'm delighted to prolong my stay with the club. This is my home", he said.[4] He scored four league goals during the campaign,[5][6][7] including one on the last matchday on 17 May 2014 against FC Barcelona which equalized the game at 1–1 to earn his team its first league title in 18 years.[8] A week later, again through a header, he repeated the feat in the final of the UEFA Champions League to put his team ahead, but Real Madrid eventually won 4–1.[9]

International career[edit]

At the age of 19, Godín made his debut for Uruguay, in a friendly defeat against Mexico in Guadalajara. He represented the nation at the 2007 Copa América.

Godín was selected for the squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa: he started in the opening match against France (0–0) in Cape Town,[10] and played in a further four matches for the eventual semi-finalists.

In 2011, Godín featured in Uruguay's successful 2011 Copa América campaign, making one appearance as a substitute in a 3–0 defeat of Paraguay in the final.[11] He also participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup for La Celeste, partnering Diego Lugano in defence in four of the team's five matches as they reached the semi-finals.

Godín was selected by coach Óscar Tabárez for the 2014 World Cup.[12] On 24 June, he headed the game's only goal against Italy in the final group match, sending the country through to the knockout stage.[13]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 May 2006 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia and Montenegro 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 16 August 2006 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Egypt 0–1 0–2 Friendly
3. 18 October 2006 Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Venezuela 1–0 4–0 Friendly
4. 24 June 2014 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil  Italy 0–1 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Nacional
  • Liguilla 2007
Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 6 June 2014[14][15]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cerro 2003 Primera División 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2005 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
2005–06 30 5 0 0 0 0 30 5
Total 63 6 1 0 0 0 64 6
Nacional 2006–07 Primera División 26 0 4 0 16 2 46 2
Total 26 0 4 0 16 2 46 2
Villarreal 2007–08 La Liga 24 1 3 0 7 0 34 1
2008–09 31 0 0 0 7 0 38 0
2009–10 36 3 2 0 6 0 44 3
Total 91 4 5 0 20 0 116 4
Atlético Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 25 0 1 1 4 1 30 2
2011–12 27 2 1 0 13 1 41 3
2012–13 35 1 5 0 2 0 42 1
2013–14 34 4 7 2 10 2 51 8
Total 121 7 14 3 29 4 164 14
Total Uruguay 89 6 5 0 16 2 110 8
Spain 212 11 19 3 49 4 280 18
Career 301 17 24 3 65 6 390 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Villarreal put faith in Godín; UEFA.com, 2 August 2007
  2. ^ Osasuna 3–2 Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 7 October 2007
  3. ^ Atlético get Godín from Villarreal; UEFA.com, 4 August 2010
  4. ^ "Godín delighted by Atlético deal". UEFA.com. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Costa sends Atletico to summit". ESPN FC. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Atletico back on track". ESPN FC. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Atletico open up three-point lead". ESPN FC. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Martin, Richard (17 May 2014). "Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1, La Liga: match report". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  9. ^ McNulty, Phil (24 May 2014). "Real Madrid 4–1 Atletico Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Uruguay 0–0 France". BBC Sport. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Names in the news: Diego Godin". Sportsnet. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Godin delights Uruguay, sends Italy home". FIFA.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Godín: Diego Roberto Godín Leal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Diego Godín". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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