Christian Giménez (footballer, born 1981)
|Full name||Christian Eduardo Giménez|
|Date of birth||February 1, 1981|
|Place of birth||Resistencia, Argentina|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2016.
Christian Eduardo Giménez known as El Chaco (born February 1, 1981 in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico's professional league, the Mexican First Division. He became a Mexican naturalized citizen.
Labeled an attacking midfielder, Giménez is one of many talented players to be exported from Boca Juniors. He is known for his strong shot and "vision to exploit the whole pitch with his range of passing."
From a very early age, Giménez was playing football in a competitive environment. In 1989, he was signed by scouts working for Boca Juniors and was immediately enrolled in the team's youth squad. Almost a decade later, Giménez debuted in the professional Argentine league with Boca Juniors and quickly enjoyed success, being part of the teams that won the Apertura '98, Clausura '99 and Apertura 2002 championships for the Xeneizes, as well as two international titles, the Copa Libertadores of 2000 and 2001.
At Veracruz, Giménez was joined by a talented squad that included Walter Jiménez, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Kléber Boas, Braulio Luna and Gustavo Biscayzacú. In Giménez's first season at Veracruz, the team led the entire league in points, with Giménez scoring four goals throughout the regular season. Despite being the top-seeded team, Veracruz exited the playoffs in the first round. The following season, Veracruz lost Blanco and Boas in the transfer window, and new signing Leandro Romagnoli was not performing at top level despite his seven figure salary. As a result, the team's performance dropped and Veracruz missed the playoffs. Giménez also saw a drop in production at a personal level, failing to score a goal despite increased play.
Before the Apertura 2005 season, it was reported that Giménez's old teammate, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, was trying to convince his team's (América) bosses to sign Giménez for the following season. The executives took Blanco's advice and Giménez was signed to a contract shortly after. In his first season at América, Giménez scored three goals despite limited play (coming off the bench in eight of his nine appearances) and América led the league in points at the end of the regular season. Strangely enough, the set of events that occurred during Blanco and Giménez's (and Kléber Boas, who also migrated to América with Blanco in 2004) partnership in Veracruz repeated themselves at América. Like at Veracruz, their team was the top-seeded club going into the playoffs, and like at Veracruz, América failed to get past the first round of the playoffs, being defeated by UANL Tigres.
Prior to the start of the Apertura 2006 season, Giménez was transferred to Pachuca, who days before had won the Clausura 2006 tournament, defeating Club San Luis – a sister club of Christian's last employer, Club América. 2007 started promisingly to Giménez, scoring 8 goals in three matches.
El Chaco Giménez is a member of the "Blanco Four", a group of players who once played at Veracruz with Blanco and were signed by América after being recommended by the striker. The other members are Kléber Boas, Carlos Infante and Armando Navarrete. He left his club Pachuca on December 17, 2009 and signed for Cruz Azul. In the tornement Bicentario 2010 Gimenez was a quik starter for the team Cruz Azul, because of the coach Enrique Meza already knowing the great skills that Gimenez had from the years that Meza coached with Pachuca. Although Gimenez was one of the most important transfers of the season, he was not able to lead Cruz Azul to qualify for the quarter finals, and was only able to score two goals in 16 appearances. In the Apertura 2010 season, Giménez was criticized by the media because of his bad performance in the first season, and was wanted to be kicked out of Cruz Azul. But on the fifth matchday of the season Giménez scored his first hat-trick with Cruz Azul in a 3–2 win over Chiapas.
Giménez represented Argentina at the 2001 South American Youth Championship. Argentina finished the competition in second place but "chaco" was able to score 2 goals and they had already qualified for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship as hosts. In 2009, Diego Maradona, called up 'El Chaco' and praising him as an honor for being given the chance to coach him Argentina's world cup qualifiers in June vs. Colombia and Ecuador, but he did not play on any of the two matches.
In July 2013, Giménez became a naturalised Mexican citizen. On August 14, 2013, coach Jose Manuel de la Torre called up Giménez for the Mexico national football team for a friendly against Ivory Coast, which Mexico won 4–1. Giménez played in four games for Mexico as part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, three games, those against Costa Rica, Honduras and U.S.A. resulted in losses. The other was a 2–1 victory over Panama on October 11, 2013.
Giménez maintains that he is eligible for Mexico and that his appearances were non-binding for Argentina as Argentina had already qualified for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship as the host nation when he was playing for Argentina in CONMEBOL's 2001 South American Youth Championship. Giménez said that Argentina were considered to be a guest in the 2001 South American Youth Championship.
- Boca Juniors
- Argentine Primera División: Apertura 1998, Clausura 1999, Apertura 2000
- Copa Libertadores: 2000, 2001
- Copa Sudamericana: 2006
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 2007, 2008
- Liga MX: Clausura 2007
- North American SuperLiga: 2007
- Cruz Azul
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- "Es sólo una racha"
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