Diego Godín

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Diego Godín
Diego Godín 2018 (cropped).jpg
Godín playing for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Diego Roberto Godín Leal
Date of birth (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Rosario, Uruguay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 2
Youth career
Defensor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Cerro 63 (6)
2006–2007 Nacional 26 (0)
2007–2010 Villarreal 91 (4)
2010– Atlético Madrid 247 (14)
National team
2005– Uruguay 122 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 July 2018

Diego Roberto Godín Leal (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ɣoˈðin];[a] born 16 February 1986) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Uruguay national team as a central defender.[2][3]

He has spent most of his professional career in Spain, representing Villarreal and Atlético Madrid and winning seven major titles with the latter.

An Uruguay international since 2005, Godín appeared for the country at three World Cups and four Copa América tournaments, winning the 2011 edition of the latter competition.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Villarreal[edit]

Born in Rosario, Godín started his professional career with C.A. Cerro at the age of 17. After his good performances, he was transferred to Primera División powerhouse Club Nacional de Football, where he quickly became captain due to his maturity and professionalism.

In August 2007, Godín signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal CF,[4] scoring in just his second game, a 2–3 away loss against CA Osasuna on 7 October,[5] and participating with 24 matches in the club's best league placement ever (second). He consolidated his starting position in the subsequent seasons, mostly partnering Argentine Gonzalo Rodríguez in the heart of the back four.[6][7][8]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Godín in action for Atlético in 2018

On 4 August 2010, after experiencing his best season at Villarreal – 36 games, three goals – Godín joined fellow league team Atlético Madrid on a five-year contract, after the two clubs agreed an initial fee believed to be around 8 million or £6.6 million.[9] He made his official debut for the Colchoneros on the 27th, playing the entire 2–0 win against Inter Milan for the UEFA Super Cup.[10]

Godín signed a new contract with Atlético on 1 November 2013, keeping him at the club until 2018. "I'm delighted to prolong my stay with the club. This is my home", he said.[11] He scored four league goals during the campaign,[12][13][14] including one on the last matchday on 17 May 2014 against FC Barcelona which equalized the game at 1–1 to earn his team its first league title in 18 years.[15] A week later, again through a header, he repeated the feat in the final of the UEFA Champions League to put his team ahead, but Real Madrid eventually won 4–1.[16]

In 2015, Godín rejected a transfer to Manchester City, managed by his former Villarreal boss Manuel Pellegrini.[17] On 28 October 2017 he became the foreign player with most appearances for the club, surpassing fellow stopper Luis Perea after his 315th against Villarreal.[18]

International career[edit]

Godín playing for Uruguay in 2017

In 2005, at the age of 19, Godín made his debut for Uruguay in a friendly defeat against Mexico in Guadalajara. His first international goal came in another exhibition game, with Serbia and Montenegro in May 2006;[19] he represented the nation at the 2007 Copa América, playing in the opening 0–3 defeat to Peru before losing his place in the team to Andrés Scotti in La Celeste's run to fourth place.[20]

Godín was selected for the squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He started in the opening match against France (0–0) in Cape Town,[21] and played in a further four matches for the eventual semi-finalists.[22]

In 2011, Godín featured in Uruguay's successful 2011 Copa América campaign, making one appearance as a substitute in a 3–0 defeat of Paraguay in the final.[23] He also participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, partnering Diego Lugano in defence in four of the team's five matches as they reached the semi-finals.

Godín was selected by coach Óscar Tabárez for the 2014 World Cup and captained the team in three of its four matches due to Lugano's absence through injury.[24] On 24 June, he headed the game's only goal against Italy in the final group match, sending the country through to the knockout stage.[25]

In May 2015, Godín was named as captain for Uruguay's defence of the Copa América during the 2015 continental tournament in Chile.[26] He was also picked for the Copa América Centenario squad, heading home from a Carlos Sánchez long cross in the opener against Mexico where both teams ended with ten players (1–3 loss).[27] He won his 100th cap in the following match, a 0–1 defeat to Venezuela at the Lincoln Financial Field.[28][29]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2018[30][31][32]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cerro 2003 Primera División 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2005 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
2005–06 30 5 0 0 0 0 30 5
Total 63 6 1 0 0 0 64 6
Nacional 2006–07 Primera División 26 0 4 0 16 2 46 2
Total 26 0 4 0 16 2 46 2
Villarreal 2007–08 La Liga 24 1 3 0 7 0 34 1
2008–09 31 0 0 0 7 0 38 0
2009–10 36 3 2 0 6 0 44 3
Total 91 4 5 0 20 0 116 4
Atlético Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 25 0 1 1 4 1 30 2
2011–12 27 2 1 0 13 1 41 3
2012–13 35 1 5 0 2 0 42 1
2013–14 34 4 7 2 10 2 51 8
2014–15 34 3 5 0 9 1 48 4
2015–16 31 1 3 0 12 0 46 1
2016–17 31 3 5 0 11 0 47 3
2017–18 30 0 3 1 12 0 45 1
Total 247 14 30 4 73 5 350 23
Total Uruguay 89 6 5 0 16 2 110 8
Spain 338 18 35 4 93 5 466 27
Career 427 24 40 4 105 7 576 35

International[edit]

As of 6 July 2018[33]
Uruguay
Year Apps Goals
2005 1 0
2006 9 3
2007 9 0
2008 9 0
2009 9 0
2010 7 0
2011 9 0
2012 9 0
2013 14 0
2014 11 1
2015 11 3
2016 9 1
2017 7 0
2018 8 0
Total 122 8

International goals[edit]

As of 5 June 2016[33]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 May 2006 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia and Montenegro 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 16 August 2006 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Egypt 0–1 0–2
3. 18 October 2006 Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Venezuela 1–0 4–0
4. 24 June 2014 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil  Italy 0–1 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
5. 8 October 2015 Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia 0–1 0–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 13 October 2015 Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Colombia 1–0 3–0
7. 17 November 2015 Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Chile 1–0 3–0
8. 5 June 2016 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, USA  Mexico 1–1 1–3 Copa América Centenario

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Godín is pronounced [ɡoˈðin].

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