Jiménez playing with Mexico in 2013
|Full name||Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||5 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Tepeji, Hidalgo, Mexico|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Second striker|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
He began his career in América's youth system before debuting in the first division in October 2011, and winning his first league championship almost two years later. Jiménez was a part of the Mexican squad that won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 2012.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Raúl Jiménez rose through América's youth system and was considered a promising young striker. Under interim-coach Alfredo Tena, Jiménez made his professional debut during the Apertura 2011 tournament against Monarcas Morelia, a match which ended in a 1–1 draw. He scored his first goal on 30 October in a 2–3 loss against Puebla, scoring in the 2' minute of the match. Jiménez managed six appearances and scored one goal in his debut tournament.
Jiménez did not appear in the Clausura 2012 until 11 February – match-day seven of the tournament – against Atlas, which ended in a 1–1 draw, coming on as a second-half substitute for Christian Bermúdez. He scored his first goal of the tournament on 9 March in the 1–1 draw against Tijuana. Jiménez managed twelve appearances and scored one goal in 508' minutes played. América went on to reach the semifinals of the play-offs, being eliminated by Monterrey.
After participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics with Mexico and the sale of Vicente Matías Vuoso, Jiménez won a spot in América's starting eleven for the Apertura 2012 tournament, playing as a second-striker alongside Christian Benítez in manager Miguel Herrera's 5–3–2 tactical scheme. He was also given the vacant number 9 shirt, switching from the number 47 shirt he debuted with. Jiménez scored his first goal on 15 September in the 2–0 victory over Santos Laguna at the Estadio Azteca. He would go on to score two weeks later in the 1–1 draw against Monarcas Morelia. Jiménez received his first red card during América's 2–1 victory over San Luis, meaning he would miss the "Clásico" against Guadalajara. On 3 November, he scored the second goal in the 4–0 win over Pachuca. On 17 November, Jiménez scored in the 1–2 defeat to Morelia in the second-leg of the quarter-final. Despite the loss, América won the series by a 3–2 aggregate score and advanced to the semi-finals. América would ultimately be eliminated in the semi-finals by Toluca. Jimenéz ended the tournament with sixteen appearances and scoring four goals.
Jiménez began the Clausura 2013 tournament as a starter in the first two league matches, and scored his first brace in the 4–0 victory over Atlante on 19 January. He bagged another brace on 2 February in América's 3–0 win against Querétaro. On 31 March, Jiménez scored two goals – both headers – in the 2–0 victory over Guadalajara at the Estadio Omnilife. Jimenéz finished the regular phase of the tournament with eight goals, and scored in América's 1–0 away win over UNAM in the first-leg of the quarter-final series of the playoffs on 8 May.
during the 2013 Apertura league season America went to the final for a second consecutive time this time against Club Leon Jimenez played a vital role by scoring once in the quarter final against Tigres UANL  ending the match 1-1 securing a spot to the semi finals eventually the Final in which America would lose 1-5. In total Raul Jimenez made 18 appearances with 8 goals scored in 1505' minutes during the 2013 Apertura season. during the 2014 Clausura season Jimenez paired with Luis Gabriel Rey creating a powerful pair in the Mexican league. During the play-offs, Jimenez scored a hat trick changing the score from 1-3 to 4-3, in the Quarter-final match against Santos Laguna the match ended in a 5-3 win for America, but it wasn't enough to stay in the run for the title since Santos Laguna would win in their home 3-1 ending in a 6-6 combined score  defeat for America (Since Santos won on away goals scored). Jimenez ended the season with 17 appearances and 8 goals scored in 1,458' minutes. Recent rumors have arose stating Jimenez might move to a European team, after the World Cup.
2012 Toulon Tournment
In 2012 Raúl Jiménez was selected by coach Luis Fernando Tena to participate in the 2012 Toulon Tournament with the under-23 national team. Mexico won the final after defeating Turkey 3–0. Jiménez managed to score Mexico's third goal in the 4–2 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-finals on May 30, 2012.
2012 London Olympics
Raúl Jiménez made the final cut in the squad participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He made his Olympic debut in the group stage match against South Korea on 26 July 2012, which ended in a 0–0 draw, with Jiménez coming in as a substitute and coming close to scoring a late goal, with the ball ricocheting off the goalkeeper's left-hand post. He subsequently made appearances against Switzerland, Senegal, Japan, and Brazil in the final, coming on as a substitute in those matches. Mexico would go on to defeat Brazil 2–1 and win the gold medal.
Mexico national team
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
Jiménez participated with Mexico in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Brazil and made all 3 appearances unfortunately playing a very limited 96' minutes in the tournament. he made his Confederations Cup debut against Italy coming in as a late substitute in the 86' minute of the game for Jesus Zavala in which Raul managed to get a shot on goal unfortunately Italian Goal keeper Gianluigi Buffon managed to deflect the ball. he appeared in the match against Brazil coming in as a substitute for Gerardo Torrado in the 88' minute of the game. Jimenez made his final appearance against Japan starting the match and was substituted out for Javier Aquino after 90' minutes played.
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Jimenez was the only squad member from the Confederations Cup to be included in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexican squad. Raul was a starter and played the entire 90' minutes for the 3 group stage matches against Panama, Martinique, and Canada, in which he managed to score once in the group stage and once in the Quarter final match against Trinidad and Tobago ending the match in a 1-0 win. Mexico finished in 3rd place after being beaten in the semi final against Panama 1-2.
2014 World Cup Qualifiers
Jimenez was included in the 2014 world cup qualifiers, his first match being against Honduras March 22, 2013 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras coming in for Giovanni Dos Santos in the 76' minute of the game. His first world cup qualifying goal was scored October 11, 2013 in the Estadio Azteca against Panama. Raul came into the match for Jesus Zavala in the 82' minute in which after 2' minutes he received a pass from Fernando Arce inside the 18-box Raul tried to control the ball but it bounced off his foot into the air in which Jimenez tried the Bicycle kick and was successful, the ball hit the left post and went in breaking the tie and ending the game 2-1. the goal was very important if not the most important goal scored during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, also it was voted as the best goal of 2013 by CONCACAF.
2014 FIFA World Cup
In May 8, 2014 Raul Jimenez was included in Coach Miguel Herrera's final 23-man squad participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup wearing the #9 jersey. He was in the bench and did not participate in Mexico's game opener against Cameroon. Jimenez made his World Cup debut June 17, 2014 Against host nation Brazil in the Castelão stadium he entered as a substitute for Giovani dos Santos in the 84' minute of the match. He played a more defensive role in this match by going into the 18-box and clearing the ball in several occasions most notably marking Marcelo and managed to take away the ball in the 18-box without giving away a penalty, although Marcelo dived looking for a penalty, He also managed to get one powerful shot on target in which Brazilian Goal Keeper Júlio César managed to save, the match ended in a historical 0-0 tie for Mexico.
Style of play
Jiménez is known as a "supporting striker", or "second striker", rather than a regular goal-scorer, creating plays with former teammate Christian Benítez in manager Miguel Herrera's 5–3–2 system. His strengths are being able to pick a pass and provide assists to his teammates.
- As of 19 July 2014
- As of 17 June 2014
|Mexico national team|
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
- Updated to games played 22 June 2014
|1||11 July 2013||CenturyLink Field, Seattle, United States||Canada||1–0||2–0||2013 Gold Cup|
|2||20 July 2013||Georgia Dome, Atlanta, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||1–0||2013 Gold Cup|
|3||11 October 2013||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Panama||1–1||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers|
|4||13 November 2013||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||New Zealand||5–1||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers|
- Mexico U23
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