Raúl Jiménez

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Raúl Jiménez
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Jiménez playing with Mexico in 2013
Personal information
Full name Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez[1]
Date of birth (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Tepeji, Mexico
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 11
Youth career
1996–1997 Cruz Azul
1998–2011 América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 América 96 (36)
2014– Atlético Madrid 16 (1)
National team
2012 Mexico U23 13 (1)
2013– Mexico 27 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez (born 5 May 1991) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Mexico national team.

He began his career in Club América's youth system before debuting in the first division in October 2011,[2] 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.[3]

Club career[edit]


2011–12 season[edit]

Jiménez began his career playing for Club América's youth system, being considered a promising young striker. On 9 October 2011, under interim-coach Alfredo Tena, Jiménez made his professional debut during the Apertura tournament against Monarcas Morelia, in a match which ended in a 1–1 draw.[4] He scored his first goal on 30 October in a 2–3 loss to Puebla, scoring in the 2nd minute of the match.[5] He appeared six times and scored one goal in his debut tournament.

Jiménez did not appear in the Clausura 2012 until 11 February—week seven of the tournament—against Atlas, which ended in a 1–1 draw, coming on as a second-half substitute for Christian Bermúdez.[6] He scored his first goal of the tournament on 9 March in the 1–1 draw against Tijuana at the Estadio Caliente.[7] Jiménez appeared twelve times and scored once during the Clausura, with América being eliminated in the semi-finals by Monterrey.

2012–13 season[edit]

After participating in the 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 on 15 September in the 2–0 victory over Santos Laguna at the Estadio Azteca.[8] He would go on to score two weeks later in the 1–1 draw against Monarcas Morelia.[9] Jiménez received his first red card during América's 2–1 victory over San Luis, meaning he would miss "El Súper Clásico" against Guadalajara.[10] On 3 November, he scored the second goal in the 4–0 win over Pachuca.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] He bagged another brace on 2 February in América's 3–0 win against Querétaro.[14] On 31 March, Jiménez scored two headers in the 2–0 victory over Guadalajara at the Estadio Omnilife.[15] Jimenéz finished the regular phase of the tournament with eight goals, and scored in América's 1–0 away win over Pumas UNAM in the first-leg of the quarter-final series of the playoffs on 8 May.[16] In the second-leg of the semi-final series against Monterrey, Jimenéz scored from a penalty and assisted Christian Benitez in the second goal to win the match 2–1 (4–3 on aggregate), sending América to the Final against Cruz Azul.[17] Jiménez played in both legs and scored in the subsequent penalty shoot-out which América ultimately won, thus being crowned league champions.[18]

2013–2014 season[edit]

On 3 August 2013 Jiménez scored his first goal of the Apertura tournament in the 3–0 win over Atlas.[19] He would go on to score in the following three-consecutive matches in wins over Atlante, Pachuca, and Morelia, respectively, taking his goal tally to four goals in five matches played. He would score again on 13 Sepember in América's 1–2 defeat to Santos Laguna.[20] On 5 October, Jiménez scored a header and assisted in Luis Gabriel Rey's goal in the 2–0 victory over Guadalajara.[21] Jiménez ended the regular-phase of the Apertura with seven goals in twelve games played. He scored in the second-leg of the quarter-finals against Tigres UANL which ended in a 1–1 draw at the Estadio Azteca on 1 December, with América advancing, despite a 2–2 aggregate score, due to the away-goals rule.[22] América would win the semi-final matches against Toluca and advance once again to the league final, though failing to achieve the repeat after losing both legs to León.[23]

During the 2014 Clausura season Jiménez paired with Luis Gabriel Rey creating a powerful pair in the Mexican league. During the play-offs, Jiménez scored a hat trick changing the score from 1-3 to 4-3, in the Quarter-final match against Santos Laguna[24] 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 [25] defeat for America (Since Santos won on away goals scored). Jiménez ended the season with 17 appearances and 8 goals scored in 1,458' minutes.[26] Recent rumors have arose stating Jiménez might move to a European team, after the World Cup.[27][28][29]

2014–2015 season[edit]

After his participation in the 2014 World Cup Jiménez was highly linked to a move to Portuguese club F.C. Porto.[30][31][32][33] However he began the Apertura 2014 season with America, with a great start after scoring 4 goals in the first 3 games. He scored a hat-trick against Puebla and assisted Oribe Peralta's first goal with America winning the match 4-0.[34] He played his last game for América August 9, 2014 against Tigres where Raúl assisted Miguel Layún's goal winning the match 2-0.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 13 August 2014, Atlético Madrid reached an agreement with Club América for Jiménez,[35] for a fee reported to be in the region of €11 million.[36] The following day, he signed a six-year deal after passing the medical examination.[37] Jiménez made his debut on 16 August, in the final of the Ramón de Carranza Trophy pre-season tournament against Sampdoria, starting the match and being substituted out in the 79th minute. Atlético won 2–0.[38]

2014–15 season[edit]

He made his competitive debut in the first leg of the Supercopa de España on 19 August, a 1–1 draw against Real Madrid, playing the final 12 minutes in place of fellow debutant Mario Mandžukić.[39] Jiménez played in the second leg as well coming in as a substitute for Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd minute of the match, the game ended in a 1–0 win and an aggregated score of 2–1.

Jiménez made his La Liga debut on 25 August, in a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano. He scored his first league goal for Atlético on 27 September, in a 4–0 win against Sevilla, coming off the bench.

International career[edit]

Mexico U23[edit]

2012 Toulon Tournament[edit]

In 2012, Raúl Jiménez was selected by coach Luis Fernando Tena to participate in the 2012 Toulon Tournament with the under-23 national team. Jiménez managed to score Mexico's third goal in the 4–2 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-finals on 30 May.[40] Mexico would subsequently win the final, defeating Turkey 3–0.[41]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Raúl Jiménez made the final cut in the squad participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[42] He made his Olympic debut in the group stage match against South Korea on 26 July, 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.[43] He subsequently made appearances against Switzerland,[44] Senegal,[45] Japan,[46] 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.[47][48]

Mexico national team[edit]

Jiménez made his debut for the senior national team in a 1–1 draw against Denmark on 30 January 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute.[49]

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

On 20 May 2013, Jiménez was named in the 23-man squas participating in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Brazil,[50] and featured in all three group games for a combined 96 minutes. On 22 June, he was named in the starting eleven for the third match against Japan, being substituted off in the 90th minute for Javier Aquino in Mexico's 2–0 victory.[51]

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

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[edit]

Jiménez 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 Giovani 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[edit]

In May 8, 2014 Raul Jiménez 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. Jiménez 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. He also managed to get one powerful shot on target in which Brazilian goalkeeper, Júlio César, managed to save, the match ended in a historical 0-0 tie for Mexico.

Style of play[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 14 March 2015[52]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
América 2011–12 18 2 18 2
2012–13 39 14 2 0 41 14
2013–14 35 16 2 1 2 2 39 19
2014–15 4 4 0 0 4 4
Total 96 36 4 1 2 2 102 39
Atlético Madrid 2014–15 16 1 3 0 1 0 20 1
Total 16 1 3 0 1 0 20 1
Career Total 112 37 7 1 3 2 122 40

1Includes the Copa MX, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de España. 2Includes the CONCACAF Champions League and UEFA Champions League.


As of 18 November 2014
Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 20 4
2014 7 2
Total 27 6

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.[53]



Atlético Madrid


Mexico U23


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