Néstor Araujo

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Néstor Araujo
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Araujo with Celta in 2018
Personal information
Full name Néstor Alejandro Araujo Razo
Date of birth (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
2007–2013 Cruz Azul
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Cruz Azul 49 (0)
2013–2014Santos Laguna (loan) 28 (0)
2014–2018 Santos Laguna 106 (3)
2018– Celta 34 (3)
National team
2011 Mexico U-20 12 (0)
2011–2012 Mexico U-23 18 (0)
2011– Mexico 34 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:40, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2019

Néstor Alejandro Araujo Razo (born 29 August 1991) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a defender for Spanish club Celta Vigo and the Mexico national team.

Araujo began his career with Cruz Azul in 2010, and played with the club for three years before joining Santos Laguna, initially in a loan deal which the club made permanent the following year. At Santos, he played in over 100 matches, winning the Liga MX on two occasions.

A Mexican international since 2011, Araujo has represented his country at the 2011 Copa America, 2012 Toulon Tournament, Copa America Centenario, and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He also won the Olympic gold medal with Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

Club career[edit]

Cruz Azul[edit]

Araujo joined Cruz Azul's youth academy in 2007, making his way through the Cruz Azul Premier team and the under-20s.

In 2010, Enrique Meza promoted Araujo to the first team.[3] On 19 September, Araujo made his Primera División debut for Cruz Azul,[4] playing 90 minutes in the 3–0 home victory against Querétaro.[5]

Santos Laguna[edit]

Araujo lining up for Santos Laguna in 2016.

On 5 June 2013, Araujo joined Santos Laguna on a year-long loan deal with an option to buy.[6] He made his league debut on 26 July against his former club Cruz Azul, playing the entire match as Santos earned a 3–2 victory. On 19 August 2014, Araujo scored his first goal for Santos in a 3–0 win over UAT in the Copa MX.[7] He won his first cup with Santos Laguna following their victory over Puebla in the final of the Apertura Copa MX.[8] The following year, Araujo won his first league title as Santos defeated Querétaro in the finals of the Clausura tournament.[9] On 20 July, Santos defeated Club América to win the 2015 Campeón de Campeones cup; Araujo started the match and played all 90 minutes.[10]

In May 2018, Santos Laguna defeated Toluca to win the Clausura tournament following a 3–2 aggregate score in the finals. Araujo missed the finals due to an injury he suffered while on international duty with the Mexico national team.[11]

Celta de Vigo[edit]

On 14 June 2018, Araujo joined Spanish outfit Celta de Vigo on a five-year contract.[12] On 21 July, he made his debut in a friendly match against Espanyol.[13]

International career[edit]

He received his first international call up in 2011 during the 2011 Copa America. In his international debut, he scored in a 2–1 loss against Chile during their first group stage match. He would go on to appear in the rest of the group stage matches and Mexico would end up last in the group. He would not be called up again until 2016.

He would be an international regular under Juan Carlos Osorio, participating in various friendlies, the CONCACAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Copa America Centenario, and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

On 27 March 2018, during a friendly match against Croatia, Araujo was forced off after 15 minutes after suffering an knee injury.[14] He was sidelined since then, however in May he was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the World Cup in Russia but had to withdraw due to experiencing tendonitis during his injury recovery.[15][16]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.[17]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 4 July 2011 Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan, Argentina  Chile 1–0 1–2 2011 Copa América
2. 24 March 2017 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Costa Rica 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 24 June 2017 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia  Russia 1–1 2–1 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Personal life[edit]

Araujo has an older brother, Félix, is also a defender who currently plays for Jaguares de Chiapas.[18]



Cruz Azul
Santos Laguna


Mexico Youth



  1. ^ "Profile". ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Olympics football: Mexico shock Brazil to win gold". BBC. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Néstor Alejandro Araujo Razo". LigaMX.net. LIGA BBVA Bancomer MX. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ Néstor AraujoLiga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Ballinas, Diana (19 September 2010). "Néstor Araujo, feliz por su debut en triunfo celeste" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo.
  6. ^ "Oficial: Néstor Araujo es nuevo jugador de Santos Laguna". El Siglo de Torreón. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Santos Laguna goleó 3-0 a Correcaminos UAT en Copa MX". Fox Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  8. ^ Ruiz, Alberto. "La Copa MX se quedó en el cielo... Santos, Campeón". MedioTiempo. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Santos se proclamó Campeón ante un histórico Gallo". MedioTiempo. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  10. ^ "¡Santos Laguna, Campeón de Campeones!". El Siglo de Torreón. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ "¡La tercera, ya no! Santos es Campeón en el que había sido su Infierno". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Celta de Vigo anuncia fichaje de Nestor Araujo". espn.com.mx. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Néstor Araujo debutó en partido amistoso con Celta de Vigo". ESPN. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Néstor Araujo abandona el partido ante Croacia por una lesión en la rodilla". MARCA Claro. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  15. ^ Marshall, Tom (14 May 2018). "Rafa Marquez makes Mexico's preliminary World Cup squad". ESPN. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  16. ^ Arnold, Jon. "Mexico's 2018 World Cup roster: Who joins Chicharito & Guardado in final 23-man squad?". Sporting News. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Araujo, Néstor". National Football Teams. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Félix Araujo vs. Néstor Araujo, disputa familiar en la Selva" (in Spanish). Marca Claro. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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