Martín Cáceres

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Martín Cáceres
Martín Cáceres, Real Madrid vs Juventus, 24 October 2013 Champions League.JPG
Cáceres playing for Juventus in 2013
Personal information
Full name José Martín Cáceres Silva
Date of birth (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
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 38 (1)
National team
2007 Uruguay U20 4 (0)
2007– Uruguay 61 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cáceres and the second or maternal family name is Silva.

José Martín Cáceres Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾˈtin ˈkaseɾes]; 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. Cáceres is primarily known for his excellent physical attributes, such as his pace, strength, hard tackling, physicality, and aerial ability.[1] His consistency, marking ability, and his tenacious, aggressive style of play have led him to be compared to former Juventus and Uruguay defender Paolo Montero.[2]

After starting out at Defensor, he was bought by Villarreal in 2007. In the following years he competed in Spain and Italy, notably winning three 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[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[3][4]

Upon arriving at Villarreal Cáceres was immediately sent on loan to fellow La Liga team Recreativo de Huelva,[5] 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),[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]


On 30 August 2010, Cáceres returned to Spain and joined Sevilla FC on a season-long loan, with an option to purchase.[12] He 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 Dane was given a straight red card, and the South American was initially ruled out for the rest of the campaign,[13] 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.[14] In late January 2012, however, he returned to Juventus, on loan.[15]

Juventus return[edit]

On 8 February 2012, Cáceres made his debut for Juve in his second spell, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against A.C. Milan for the season's 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]

International career[edit]

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.[19] Previously, he was named the Best Defender at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, helping his team to the third place.[3]

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).[19]

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 defender – with the Charrúas winning their 15th continental tournament.[20][21][22] In the Quarter-final match against hosts Argentina, Cáceres scored the decisive penalty in the shootout, sending his country to the semi-finals of the competition.

Cáceres also represented Uruguay at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Uruguay reached the semi-finals, losing out to hosts and eventual champions Brazil. They finished the tournament in fourth place, after losing the 3rd-place match to Italy in a penalty shootout.

Cáceres also featured for Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup, where they advanced from the group of death (containing Italy, England, and Costa Rica), finishing second in their group, and eventually being eliminated in the second round by Columbia.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition[23]
1. 23 June 2011 Atilio Paiva Olivera, Rivera, Uruguay  Estonia 1–0 3–0 Friendly





Club statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2014[25][26]
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 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Career totals 176 11 25 4 29 0 1 0 231 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.


  1. ^ "Fonseca: "Caceres alla Juve" Ecco chi è l'uruguaiano del Barça". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Barcellona-Juventus, verso lo scambio Poulsen-Caceres". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "El Villarreal ficha a Martín Cáceres" [Villarreal signs Martín Cáceres] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Juventud, calidad y futuro para el nuevo Submarino" [Youth, talent and future for new Submarine] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Recreativo presenta al lateral Pampa Calvo y al central Cáceres" [Recreativo presents full-back Pampa Calvo and centre-back Cáceres] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Otro chasco" [Another letdown] (in Spanish). Submarino Amarillo. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Agreement for Cáceres with Villarreal". Barcelona's official website. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cáceres goes to Juventus on loan". Barcelona's official website. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Friendly: Submarine sink Juve". Football Italia. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Lazio 0–2 Juventus". ESPN Soccernet. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Martin Caceres to replace William Gallas as Arsenal's newbie?". Bleacher Report. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cáceres loaned to Sevilla". Barcelona's official website. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sevilla's Martin Caceres ruled out for rest of season". 4 May 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sevilla exercise option to purchase Cáceres". Barcelona's official website. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "El Sevilla cede a Cáceres a la Juve" [Sevilla loans Cáceres to Juve] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "AC Milan 1–2 Juventus: Returning hero Caceres strikes double to put Conte's men in sight of Coppa Italia final". 8 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Juve win Derby D'Italia". ESPN Soccernet. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Caceres at Juventus up until 2016". Juventus' official website. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Martín CáceresFIFA competition record
  20. ^ "Uruguay: dos cambios ante Argentina" [Uruguay: two changes against Argentina] (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Cáceres, campeón de la Copa América" [Cáceres, Copa América champion] (in Spanish). Orgullo de Nervión. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Uruguay celebrates well into early Monday its record winning 15th Copa America; Merco Press, 25 July 2011
  23. ^ "Uruguay goleó a Estonia, a poco del comienzo de la Copa América" [Uruguay routed Estonia, shortly after start of Copa América] (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Juventus-Napoli 0–2: Cavani-Hamsik regalano la Coppa Italia a De Laurentiis e il primo ko stagionale alla 'Vecchia Signora'" [Juventus-Napoli 0–2: Cavani-Hamsik offer Italian Cup to De Laurentiis and first season ko to 'Old Lady'] (in Italian). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  25. ^ Martín Cáceres at ESPN FC
  26. ^ "M. Cáceres". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 

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