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Santiago Jimenez, “El Chaquito” who leads Feyenoord to the Eredivisie


Feyenoord escaped ‘criminal’ market– Sinisterra, Senesi, Malacia and Aursnes – sold out after reaching the Final of the Conference League. However, Arne Slot managed to rebuild the team and is on its way to winning its 16th championship: They are ahead of Ajax and PSV by eight points, with five matches remaining.

“Renaissance” in which the newcomers played a major role: Danilo, Szymanski, Paixao, Dilrosun…and above all Santiago Toms Jimenez (Buenos Aires, 4-18-2001). El ‘Chaquito’, as he is nicknamed in honor of his father, former striker Christian Jimenez, History is made at De Kuip.

The Mexican international is the “pichichi” of his team, with 19 goals in 39 matches. His final ‘rush’, after Martino left him off the World Cup roster, is incredible: He added 10 goals in his last 13 matches. The thing doesn’t stop there. Cruz Azul became the former The first Feyenoord player to beat the legendary Owe Kindvall (1967) who scored in seven league matches away from home.

“Ove was very complete, but Gimnez too. He can play football better than everyone says. He plays well and is always in the right place. It’s true, yes, he’s not as fast as Kindvall, says Rinus Esrall, European champion with Team Rotterdam in 1970.

Kindvall was very complete, but so was Gimnez. He can play football better than everyone says

Rinus Israel

The former Cruz Azul, signed this summer for 4 million, puts league wins ahead of individual records: “The main thing is to become a hero.” He does not give up, yes, to fight for “Pichichi”: “For a striker, it’s good to be a scorer. It’s difficult, but I’ll try. With God nothing is impossible.” He also wants the European League. “We will go to Rome to win,” he warned after his 1-0 win in the first leg.

This is the fight for “pichichi” in the Eredivisie

  • Dovikas (Utrecht) -> 14
  • Xavi Simons (PSV) -> 14
  • S. Van Hooijdonk (Heerenveen) -> 13
  • Pavlidis (AZ Alkmaar) -> 12
  • Santiago Jimenez (Feyenoord) -> 11
  • Proby (Ajax) -> 11
  • Bergwijn (Ajax) -> 11
  • Kodos (Ajax) -> 11
  • Pepe (Groningen) -> 11

He arrived without understanding Dutch and started the season as a substitute, but managed to get the Mexican flags to flood De Kuip’s stands. “He’s physically strong, has good technique, a great left man and is often in the right place,” he said. Ali Bousbon, former Feyenoord player, proposes.

For his part, Arne Slot believes he still has a wide margin for improvement. “It took him some time to get back into shape, however He’s a great striker, but we’re working on making him as complete a striker as possible.. He had barely been in the league for six months and in a different football. You can do more than you have demonstrated so far.”

He’s a great striker, but we’re working on making him as complete a striker as possible.

Arnie slot

Feyenoord’s big fear is losing it in the summer. Brighton, Sevilla, Benfica and even Manchester United have already knocked on his door. The CIES Football Observatory valued it at $19 million.While in the Netherlands they confirmed that it would not come out with less than 30 million. “There are teams interested in him. The way Santiago drives the race, it’s very difficult to withstand,” his father warns.

Slot resists leaving: “It’s really special to play here. I might make more money in Mexico.” It cannot be ruled out that he will move to another club, but I would like him to continue for another year. I also think it will be good for him.”

Al-Baybuti came to play with his father

Santiago Jimenez is the son of Christian Jimenez, The promise of a young man from Boca who later worked in America, Veracruz, Pachuca and Cruz Azul, and despite being born in Argentina, He played internationally with Mexico.

“El Chaco” and “El Chaquito” came to play together. His debut was in a friendly match with Cruz Azul in 2015. Santiago was 15 years old and played 15 minutes with the number 349. Strangely, he caused a penalty kick that his father missed.

He was born in Argentina… but he plays for Mexico

Santiago was born in Buenos Aires, but was raised in Mexico. I can play with both. Even with Italy, however Finally, he chose to represent Aztec painting on an absolute level.

“When it came time to make a decision, I made the decision with my heart, not my head. My heart told me that I was Mexican and that I would not have to represent a country where I did not feel I belonged. I come from Mexico and I am Mexican, and it always has been. I was born in Argentina, but I can hardly remember my early years there.”



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