Juan Manuel Díaz

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Juan Díaz Martínez
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Díaz Martínez
Date of birth (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Liverpool FC 23 (3)
2008–2010 Estudiantes 65 (1)
2010–2012 River Plate 54 (2)
2012–2016 Nacional 89 (9)
2016 Racing 20 (3)
2016–2017 AEK Athens 1 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Uruguay U-20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:00, 19 January 2017 (UTC).

Juan Manuel Díaz Martínez (born 28 October 1987) is a Uruguayan footballer.


Díaz was signed in January 2008.[1] He made his debut 2-1 win over against Banfield on February 8, 2008. He scored his first Estudiantes goal against Rosario Central on April 25, 2008. He was sent off against LDU Quito on April 29, 2008.

During the 2008-09 season, Díaz was part of the Estudiantes squad that experienced finishing as runners up in Copa Sudamericana 2008 and then went on to win Copa Libertadores 2009. In January 2010, Club Atlético River Plate signed the Uruguayan wingback from Estudiantes.

On July 2010, Nacional made public his interest on the left wingback.[2]

On 8 July 2016, Diaz signed a two years' contract with Superleague club AEK Athens for an undisclosed fee. "I am proud to be joining AEK and becoming a member of such an important club. It was my dream to continue my career in Europe and I want to thank the administration for the chance they gave me. From now on, what I want is to settle in as fast as I can and help the team achieve its season goals.I am ready to give my best for AEK and become an important part of my new club's future success", said the 29-year-old international. [3] [4] On February 2017, AEK have opened talks with Uruguayan defender, in order to find a way to end their relationship. The 29-year-old left back, who moved to Greece last summer, has not impressed with his displays and has only 4 appearances from the beginning of the season. Both parties agree that it is best to end the deal (that was supposed to expire in 2018) and the player could be released in the next few days.

International career[edit]

Díaz also capped for Uruguay U-20 at 2007 South American Youth Championship and 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

On July 27, 2010 he was reserved to play a friendly match with Uruguay first team against Angola in Lisboa .


Estudiantes de La Plata


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