Mexican football’s latest sensation, CF America striker Raul Jimenez was scarcely on the radar of El Tri fans when he was called up to the national team for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012. There his opportune appearances from the bench not only played a key part Mexico’s gold medal triumph, it also raised his profile significantly.
In the intervening months, this towering centre-forward (6’3) has gone from strength to strength. In the recently concluded Clausura league championship in his homeland, Jimenez netted ten times in 20 games, striking up a lethal partnership with Ecuador’s Christian Benitez that took America all the way to the championship final.
Renowned for his superb aerial game and imposing physical prowess, this 22-year-old has a knack for getting himself into dangerous positions and is almost certain to play a role at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, even if it is an impact player coming off the bench.