In Profile: Martín Cáceres

By SFC Media Fri 17 Feb Transfer News
Photo by Reuters | Martín Cáceres

Uruguayan international defender Martín Cáceres arrives at St Mary’s with a wealth of experience.

The 29-year-old joined the club on a free transfer after his spell at Italian giants Juventus, where he won an impressive five Serie A titles, ended in the summer.

Born in Montevideo, Cáceres started his career with hometown club Defensor Sporting, where he was a regular at a young age, before a move to La Liga, with Villareal, in 2007.

There, he was loaned out to Recreativo Huelva, and he made 34 apperances as well as contributing two goals.

A burgeoning talent, FC Barcelona swooped for his services in 2008. He made 14 appearances in total for the club, three of which were in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League, as they won the competition to complete a historic treble.

An initial loan spell at Juventus under the stewardship of Ciro Ferrara saw the versatile defender, who can operate at centre-back or full-back, establish himself as a regular, before moving on loan to Sevilla.

His progress was curtailed when playing for Gregorio Manzano’s Sevilla side when he suffered a lacerated kidney in a challenge, before returning at the end of the season to help the side qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

In January 2012, he returned to Turin on loan, before making the move a permanent one later in the same year. In total, Cáceres made 116 appearances for the Italian giants, across his two spells there, chipping in with seven goals along the way.

On the international scene, Cáceres has earned 68 caps for Uruguay and starred in their Copa America win in 2011.

Playing five out of their six games, Cáceres scored the winning penalty against hosts Argentina to help the side progress to the semi-final stage.

He also started in all four of Uruguay's matches at the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil, including their 2-1 victory over England in the group stages.

Cáceres was also involved at the 2010 finals, in South Africa, starting in the thrilling semi-final against the Netherlands, which Uruguay lost 3-2, while also making the line-up for the defeat to Germany in the third-place play-off match.

He now brings his wealth of experience and talent to Southampton ahead of the final months of the 2016/17 campaign.

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