Santiago Giménez

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Santiago Giménez
Giménez with Mexico in 2023
Personal information
Full name Santiago Tomás Giménez
Date of birth (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 22)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina[1]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
Feyenoord
Number 29
Youth career
2014–2019 Cruz Azul
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2022 Cruz Azul 88 (20)
2022– Feyenoord 60 (36)
International career
2016 Mexico U16 3 (0)
2021– Mexico 25 (4)
Medal record
Representing  Mexico
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Winner 2023 United States–Canada
CONCACAF Nations League
Third place 2023 United States
Runner-up 2024 United States
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:53, 7 April 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 24 March 2024

Santiago Tomás Giménez (Spanish pronunciation: [sanˈtjaɣo toˈmas xiˈmenes]; born 18 April 2001) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Eredivisie club Feyenoord. Born in Argentina, he represents the Mexico national team.

Club career[edit]

Cruz Azul[edit]

On 2 August 2017, Giménez made his professional debut with Cruz Azul in a Copa MX group stage match against Tigres UANL in a 1–1 draw.[3] Two years later, on 28 August 2019, he made his Liga MX debut against Tijuana in a 3–2 loss.[4] He would score his first goal with the club on 2 February 2020, in a league match against Toluca in a 3–3 tie, scoring within the first two minutes of the match.[5]

In May 2021, Cruz Azul won its ninth league championship, ending a 23-year drought of league titles.[6]

In August, scoring in 4 separate league matches, Giménez was named Liga MX Player of the Month.[7] He won the award again the subsequent month.[8] On 26 June 2022, at the Supercopa de la Liga MX against Atlas, he scored in the match, ending at 2–2 and going into penalties, where he successfully converted his shot as his team won the cup.[9]

Feyenoord[edit]

2022–23: Debut season and Eredivisie champion[edit]

On 29 July 2022, Giménez joined Feyenoord on a four-year contract.[10]

He scored his first goal for the club on 27 August, scoring the second goal in the club's 4–0 win over FC Emmen while also providing the assist for Jacob Rasmussen to score the club's third goal.[11] On 8 September, he made his UEFA Europa League debut against Italian club Lazio in that season's edition in a group stage match, coming on as a substitute at the 64th minute and scoring twice in the club's 4–2 loss.[12] On 3 November, after coming on as a substitute, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory in the return game against Lazio in the Europa League group stage, securing Feyenoord's first place finish in the group and directly qualifying to the round of 16.[13]

Feyenoord went on to win the 2022–23 Eredivisie, with Giménez scoring 15 goals in 32 matches, including the second goal in a 3–0 win over Go Ahead Eagles to secure the league title.[14]

2023–24: Second season in the Netherlands[edit]

In August 2023, Giménez extended his contract with Feyenoord for one year.[15]

Giménez began the 2023–24 season on 4 August in the Johan Cruyff Shield, playing 62 minutes as PSV Eindhoven defeated them 1–0 to win their third consecutive title.[16] On 20 August, Giménez scored his first goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Sparta Rotterdam. In the following games, on 27 August and 3 September, Giménez scored two braces, one in a 6–1 win against Almere City and another in a 5–1 away win against Utrecht.[17][18][19] On 27 September, Giménez completed a hat-trick in a 4–0 away win over Ajax by scoring the first and second goals on 24 September, and scoring the third on 27 September after the game was originally abandoned on the 24th.[20] He would go on to be named Eredivisie Player of the Month for September.[21] In the Champions League, he was suspended for the first two group stage matches, having received a red card against Roma in the Europa League quarter-final second leg from the previous season.[22] Giménez made his Champions League debut on 25 October, scoring the first and third goal in a 3–1 home win over Lazio.[23] On 25 November, he scored his second hat-trick of the season in a 4–2 Rotterdam derby win over Excelsior at the Stadion Woudestein, ending his six-game goal drought.[24] On 7 December, following Feyenoord’s 3–1 win over Volendam, Giménez scored his 31st Eredivisie goal in a calendar year, surpassing previous record holder Luis Suárez who scored 30 goals in 2009.[25] With 31 goals for the year 2023, Giménez set a record for the number of goals scored in the Eredivisie in a calendar year.[26]

International career[edit]

Despite having the option of representing Argentina, his country of birth, Giménez decided to represent Mexico after becoming a naturalized Mexican citizen, stating "I feel more Mexican than Argentine,"[27] having lived in Mexico for the majority of his time since his father moved there. He has been called up by Mexico's U-15, U-18, U-20, and U-23 teams.[28][29] He made 3 appearances with the Mexico U16s at the 2016 International Dream Cup.[30]

In September 2020, Giménez received his first senior national team call up by Gerardo Martino for a training camp.[31] That same month, it was reported that the Argentina under-20 coach Fernando Batista was interested in calling him up.[32]

On 27 October 2021, Giménez made his senior debut for Mexico in a friendly match against Ecuador.[33] On 8 December, he scored his first goal for Mexico in a friendly match against Chile that ended at a 2–2 draw.[34]

In October 2022, Giménez was named in Mexico's preliminary 31-man squad for the World Cup, but did not make the final 26.[35]

On 16 July 2023, Giménez scored the only goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Santiago is the son of footballer Christian Giménez, who also played with Cruz Azul. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Giménez moved to Mexico at the age of three with his father after he was transferred to Primera División side Veracruz.[1] His paternal grandfather is from Paraguay[37] and he is of Italian ancestry through his mother's side.[38][39] He is a devout Christian and was baptized in January 2019.[40][41] Giménez is engaged to Mexican model Fer Serrano.[42][43]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 April 2024[44][45]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cruz Azul 2017–18 Liga MX 1 0 1 0
2019–20 Liga MX 12 2 2[b] 0 14 2
2020–21 Liga MX 36 6 5[b] 0 2[c] 0 43 6
2021–22 Liga MX 35 7 6[b] 0 1[d] 1 42 8
2022–23 Liga MX 5 5 5 5
Total 88 20 1 0 13 0 3 1 105 21
Feyenoord 2022–23 Eredivisie 32 15 4 3 9[e] 5 45 23
2023–24 Eredivisie 28 21 3 0 6[f] 3 1[g] 0 38 24
Total 60 36 7 3 15 8 1 0 83 47
Career total 148 56 8 3 28 8 4 1 188 68
  1. ^ Includes Copa MX and KNVB Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  3. ^ One appearance in Campeón de Campeones, one appearance in Campeones Cup
  4. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de la Liga MX
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Four appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 24 March 2024[46]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2021 2 1
2022 7 1
2023 15 2
2024 1 0
Total 25 4
Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Giménez goal.
List of international goals scored by Santiago Giménez
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 December 2021 Q2 Stadium, Austin, United States  Chile 1–0 2–2 Friendly
2 28 May 2022 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States  Nigeria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3 29 June 2023 State Farm Stadium, Glendale, United States  Haiti 3–1 3–1 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 16 July 2023 SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, United States  Panama 1–0 1–0 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup final

Honours[edit]

Cruz Azul

Feyenoord

Mexico

Individual

References[edit]

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