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Martin Caceres

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 22
  • Date of birth: 7 April, 1987 (23 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (182cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
2 Martin Caceres
0|0 Martin Caceres
0 As substitute
49|38 Total Uruguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Uruguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Martin Caceres
0 Martin Caceres
11 Total Uruguay
9 Total Uruguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|4 Martin Caceres
1|0 Martin Caceres
80|95 Total Uruguay
10|2 Total Uruguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Uruguay games played

  1. Uruguay 0-0 France
    Friday, 11 June Match report
  2. South Africa 0-3 Uruguay
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  3. Mexico 0-1 Uruguay
    Tuesday, 22 June Match report
  4. Uruguay 2-1 South Korea
    Saturday, 26 June Match report
  5. Uruguay 1-1 Ghana
    Friday, 2 July Match report
  6. Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands
    Tuesday, 6 July Match report
  7. Uruguay 2-3 Germany
    Saturday, 10 July Match report

Player Profile

Caceres is a long-haired central defender who is also comfortable in the full-back positions. Caceres started 12 of the last 14 qualifiers but missed the play-off because of injury. He made his international debut in 2007 against Group A opponents South Africa after impressing earlier that year at the U20 World Cup.

The highly-rated defender moved to Europe when he was still in his teens after impressing in his homeland for Defensor Sporting. Villarreal signed him in 2007 but immediately loaned him out to Recreativo de Huelva.

Following an impressive debut season in Spain, Barcelona paid £15m to bring him to the Nou Camp and he left Villarreal without playing a single match for the club.

His time in Catalonia was blighted by injury, but he figured 20 times as Barca won the league and cup double and was on the bench for the Champions League victory over Manchester United. This season, he has been on loan at Juventus and he made his mark in Serie A with a goal on his debut against Lazio in September.

Juventus have an option to buy the 23-year-old for £10m, while Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen as he looks to remodel his Arsenal defence.

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