Roberto Jiménez Gago
Roberto playing for Zaragoza in 2013
|Full name||Roberto Jiménez Gago|
|Date of birth||10 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Gimnàstic (loan)||28||(0)|
|2010||→ Zaragoza (loan)||15||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Olympiacos (loan)||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Roberto Jiménez Gago (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβerto xiˈmeneθ ˈɣaɣo]; born 10 February 1986), known as simply Roberto, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Olympiacos F.C. as a goalkeeper.
An Atlético Madrid youth graduate, Madrid-born Roberto played mainly for the B-side, only receiving the occasional call-up due to suspensions or injuries. After a plague of the latter he made his first-team debut, playing in a 1–2 away loss against CA Osasuna on 22 December 2005; he would spend the 2007–08 season on loan to Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the second division, being first-choice.
In July 2008 Roberto was deemed surplus to requirements, being sold to fellow La Liga outfit Recreativo de Huelva as part of the deal that sent Florent Sinama Pongolle in the opposite direction – Atlético, however, had an option to rebuy. During his first year, which ended in relegation, he was restricted solely to appearances in the Copa del Rey.
On 13 July 2009 Roberto returned to Atlético, after the payment of €1,250,000 to the Andalusians, penning a three-year contract. This happened after the simultaneous departures of Leo Franco and Grégory Coupet from the Colchoneros.
As first-choice Sergio Asenjo was summoned for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Roberto was promoted to the starting XI, his first game being a 2–5 loss at FC Barcelona on 19 September. Shortly after he got injured and, when he returned, found himself third-choice behind Asenjo and youngster David de Gea; thus, in late January 2010, a loan to struggling Real Zaragoza was arranged until the end of the season – he relegated Argentine Juan Pablo Carrizo to the bench, helping the Aragonese finally escape relegation.
On 25 June 2010, it was confirmed that S.L. Benfica signed Roberto for a fee of €8.5 million. In his first three official matches – the first against F.C. Porto for the season's Portuguese Supercup – his performances were poor overall, as the club suffered three defeats and he conceded six goals; he was benched for the third league game of the season, at home against Vitória de Setúbal, but had to be brought in after Júlio César was sent off for a foul in the box, at the 20-minute mark, and saved the ensuing penalty from Hugo Leal, in an eventual 3–0 win.
On 1 August 2011 Roberto returned to Zaragoza, being transferred for a fee of €8.6 million in a purchase which was almost totally funded by a parent company of Zaragoza, who retained 99% of the player's economic rights. However, it was later reported that a football investment fund was involved in that deal.
In his first season in his second spell, he played all 38 league games as the team again avoided top flight relegation in the very last round. He again started in the 2012–13 campaign, but the club returned to the second level after a four-year stay.
On 26 July 2013 Roberto returned to Atlético Madrid, signing a four-year contract after an arrangement with Benfica and being immediately loaned to Greek team Olympiacos FC. The transfer was questioned by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, with Benfica explaining that BE Plan, the parent company who originally funded his transfer, defaulted on its obligations, so Zaragoza and Benfica agreed to revert the player's sporting and economic rights, with the latter immediately selling him to Atlético Madrid for €6 million.
On 5 November 2013 Roberto put on a Man of the match performance against former club Benfica, in a 1–0 win in Piraeus for the season's UEFA Champions League. In February of the following year Olympiacos and Atlético for a permanent €6 million transfer, and he signed a four-year contract with the former; prior the official announcement, news regarding the move were announced through the Karaiskakis Stadium loudspeakers during a match against Panionios GSS.
- Atlético Madrid
- As of 6 April 2014
- El Atlético de Madrid traspasa a Roberto Jiménez al Recreativo (Atlético sells Roberto Jiménez to Recreativo) (Spanish)
- Asenjo set for Atlético switch; UEFA.com, 9 July 2009
- Roberto Jiménez acompañará a Sergio Asenjo (Roberto Jiménez joins Sergio Asenjo); Marca, 13 July 2009 (Spanish)
- Barca rout Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- Official: Roberto leaves Atletico Madrid For Benfica; Goal.com, 25 June 2010
- Ten-man Benfica bounce back – Roberto redeemed?; PortuGOAL, 28 August 2010
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Transfer dynamics could be on the brink of change". The Guardian. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- "Acuerdo con el Benfica para el traspaso de Roberto" [Agreement with Benfica for transfer of Roberto] (in Spanish). Atlético's official website. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Caso Roberto ainda não acabou para a CMVM" [Roberto Affair still not over for CMVM] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Olympiacos win as Roberto keeps Benfica at bay". UEFA.com. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός – Ανακοίνωση" [Olympiacos – announcement] (in Greek). Olympiacos F.C. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Στον Ολυμπιακό μέχρι το 2018 ο Ρομπέρτο!" [Roberto transfers to Olympiacos until 2018!] (in Greek). Sport 24. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Roberto Jiménez". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2014.