Godín playing for Uruguay in 2014
|Full name||Diego Roberto Godín Leal|
|Date of birth||16 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Uruguay|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Villarreal
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, scoring in just his second game, a 2–3 away loss against CA Osasuna on 7 October, 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.
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. 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. He scored four league goals during the campaign, 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. 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.
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, 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. 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. 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.
|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|
- Liguilla 2007
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- La Liga: 2013–14
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2013
|Atlético Madrid||2010–11||La Liga||25||0||1||1||4||1||30||2|
- Villarreal put faith in Godín; UEFA.com, 2 August 2007
- Osasuna 3–2 Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 7 October 2007
- Atlético get Godín from Villarreal; UEFA.com, 4 August 2010
- "Godín delighted by Atlético deal". UEFA.com. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- "Costa sends Atletico to summit". ESPN FC. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- "Atletico back on track". ESPN FC. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- "Atletico open up three-point lead". ESPN FC. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- Martin, Richard (17 May 2014). "Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1, La Liga: match report". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- McNulty, Phil (24 May 2014). "Real Madrid 4–1 Atletico Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Uruguay 0–0 France". BBC Sport. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
- "Names in the news: Diego Godin". Sportsnet. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Godin delights Uruguay, sends Italy home". FIFA.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Godín: Diego Roberto Godín Leal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "Diego Godín". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diego Godín.|
- Atlético Madrid official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Diego Godín at National-Football-Teams.com
- Diego Godín – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Soccerway profile