2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July


185.0 cm
Date of Birth 20 January 1995
International Caps
International Goals

When erstwhile captain Diego Lugano got injured in Uruguay’s opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Oscar Tabarez brought in a promising youngster, Jose Maria Gimenez, to partner Diego Godin in central defence, and it was an opportunity that the then 19-year-old firmly grasped. The rugged defender had previously caught Oscar Tabarez’s eye at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, where he and his team-mates had finished as runners-up, and he earned his first senior cap later that year in a pivotal Brazil 2014 qualifier versus Colombia. 

Since then, he and Godin – his club team-mate at Atletico Madrid – have formed a trusted and effective pairing at the back that is the envy of national coaches worldwide. Injuries reduced Gimenez’s contribution to the qualifying campaign for Russia 2018, but he still featured in the starting line-up on nine occasions.