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Juan Manuel Martínez

 

Juan Manuel Martínez

Juan Manuel Martínez
Personal information
Full nameJuan Manuel Martínez
Date of birth (1985-10-25) October 25, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birthViedma, Río Negro, Argentina
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionSecond striker / Winger
Club information
Current clubBoca Juniors
Number7
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2012Vélez Sársfield147(26)
2005–2006Argentinos Jrs. (loan)11(1)
2007Cúcuta Deportivo (loan)9(2)
2007–2008Al-Shabab (loan)15(3)
2012Corinthians18(2)
2013–Boca Juniors26(2)
National team
2011–Argentina4(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:36, 19 February 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Manuel Martínez (born October 25, 1985), nicknamed Burrito (in English "Little Donkey"), is an Argentine football forward. He currently plays for Boca Juniors. Martínez is best known for his agility, pace on the ball and brilliant dribbling skills.

Club career

Martínez made his professional debut for Vélez Sársfield on October 1, 2003, in a 2–1 win over Talleres de Córdoba, for the Clausura tournament.[1] Later, he was part of the 2005 Clausura winning squad, playing 13 games and scoring 1 goal.[2] The goal he scored was Vélez's first in that championship, in the fourth match day victory over Lanús (2–1).

After his first period at Vélez, Martínez was loaned to Argentinos Juniors. With his new team, he played 10 games during the 2005 Apertura,[3] suffering a knee injury in the 11th fixture that left him out for almost the entire rest of the season. He returned for the last game of the 2006 Clausura, coming on as a substitute on a 1–0 victory over Colón.[4]

In 2007, after a half-a-year period back at Vélez, Martínez was loaned to Colombian club Cúcuta Deportivo. With the team, he was part of the Copa Libertadores semifinalist campaign. Subsequently, he spent the 2007–08 season on loan at Al-Shabab Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Martínez returned to Vélez Sársfield for the 2008–09 Argentine Primera División season. Upon his return, he won the Argentine league for the second time, by being part of the 2009 Clausura squad. The forward played 9 games and scored 1 goal during the tournament[5] (against Colón in a 4–2 away win, helping the team come back from a 0–2). He ended the tournament as a starter after replacing injured Jonathan Cristaldo for the last two games, against Lanús and Huracán, which defined the championship.

The 2010 Apertura was Martínez' best season with Vélez. Up until that tournament, he had scored 6 goals in 91 league games for the club, and had never been a regular starter. However, in that Apertura he started in all 19 games, scoring 10 goals.[6] He also achieved his first hat-trick in Argentina, in Vélez' 6–0 victory over Colón in the 10th fixture.[7] Moreover, his last goal of the championship, in the 2–0 away victory over Racing, was defined by various sources as "Maradona styled".[8][9][10][11] Martínez dribbled with the ball from behind the half-way line, passing 6 rival players in the process, to finally beat the opposing goalkeeper. His team finished the tournament as runner-up to Estudiantes de La Plata.

Due to his performances throughout 2010, Martínez was selected by the Argentine Sports Journalists Circle as the best player of the Argentine league for that year, therefore sharing the Footballer of the Year of Argentina award with Lionel Messi (best Argentine playing abroad).[12]

On January 2011, the striker renewed his contract with Vélez until June 2013.[13]

On 2012 after Corinthians won the 2012 Copa Libertadores they hired Juan Manuel Martinez but didn´t get to play much on the team. He entered for a few minutes in the match against Chelsea FC in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.

Martinez joined Boca Juniors in January 2013.

International career

In November 2010, Martínez was called to take part in the Argentine national team that will solely consist of Argentine League players. They will train twice a week and have friendly matches leading up to the 2011 Copa América.[14]

The striker received his first call-up by coach Sergio Batista on January 25, 2011, for a friendly match against Portugal. He was brought down in the penalty area during injury time to win a penalty for his side from which Messi scored the winner.[15]

International appearances and goals

Statistics

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Vélez Sársfield 2003–04 23 1 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 1 -
2004–05 20 1 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1 -
Argentinos Juniors (loan) 2005–06 13 1 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 -
Vélez Sársfield 2006–07 3 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0 -
Cúcuta (loan) 2007 9 2 - 0 0 0 11 4 - 20 6 -
Al-Shabab (loan) 2007–08 15 3 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3 -
Vélez Sársfield 2008–09 24 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 3 5
2009–10 22 2 2 0 0 0 12 1 1 34 3 3
2010–11 37 13 4 0 0 0 13 3 4 50 16 8
2011–12 24 6 2 0 0 0 16 3 0 40 9 2
Corinthians 2012 18 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 19 2 3
Boca Juniors 2012-13 12 1 2 0 0 0 9 1 1 21 2 3
2013–14 13 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 4
Career total 233 36 22 0 0 0 62 12 6 291 48 28

Honours

Club

Vélez Sársfield
Corinthians

Individual

References

External links

  • Profile at Vélez Sársfield official website (Spanish)
  • Irish Times
  • Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (Spanish)
  • Statistics at BDFA (Spanish)
  • Juan Manuel Martínez at National-Football-Teams.com
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