Roberto Jiménez Gago
Roberto before a game with Olympiacos in 2015
|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)|
|2005–2008||Atlético Madrid B||40||(0)|
|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 19 December 2016.
Roberto Jiménez Gago (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβerto xiˈmeneθ ˈɣaɣo]; born 10 February 1986), known simply as Roberto, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol 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.
In early July 2008, Roberto was deemed surplus to requirements and sold to fellow La Liga club 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 Grégory Coupet and Leo Franco 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 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 FC Porto for the season's Portuguese Supercup – his performances were poor overall, as the Lisbon club suffered three defeats and he conceded six goals; he was benched for the third Primeira Liga 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 his 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 reached an agreement for a permanent €2.5 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 FC.
- Atlético Madrid
- "Osasuna mantiene intocable El Sadar" [Osasuna keeps El Sadar untouched] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- El Atlético de Madrid traspasa a Roberto Jiménez al Recreativo (Atlético de Madrid transfers Roberto Jiménez to Recreativo); Atlético Madrid, July 2008 (in Spanish)
- "El Recreativo de Huelva ficha al portero Roberto" [Recreativo de Huelva signs goalkeeper Roberto] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- Asenjo set for Atlético switch; UEFA.com, 9 July 2009
- Roberto Jiménez acompañará a Sergio Asenjo (Roberto Jiménez to accompany Sergio Asenjo); Marca, 13 July 2009 (in Spanish)
- Barca rout Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
- "Roberto se rompe y debuta De Gea" [Roberto breaks and De Gea makes debut] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "El Zaragoza consigue la cesión del portero Roberto" [Zaragoza gets loan of goalkeeper Roberto] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "La portería está vacía" [The goal is empty] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (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] (PDF) (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 Madrid. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (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.
- ΑΝΑΛΥΣΗ Ρομπέρτο: Τόσο τον πήρε ο Ολυμπιακός, τόσα παίρνει ο Ισπανός, τόσο θα πωληθεί [Roberto analysis: This is how much Olympiakos spent, the player's salary, for how much he will be sold!] (in Greek). Contra. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- "Champions League: Olympiacos edge out Juventus to level on points with Atletico". Sky Sports. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
- "Roberto Jiménez, nou jugador de l'Espanyol" [Roberto Jiménez, new Espanyol player] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "Roberto". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Roberto". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- "Roberto – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Olympiakos win Greek league for the fifth straight year". The Independent. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.