Afonso Martins

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Afonso Martins
Personal information
Full name Afonso Paulo Martins da Agra
Date of birth (1973-04-11) 11 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Nancy B
1991–1995 Nancy 55 (2)
1995–2002 Sporting CP 65 (5)
2001–2002 Sporting B 28 (12)
2002–2003 Moreirense 26 (7)
2003–2004 Vitória Guimarães 12 (0)
2004–2005 Moreirense 24 (2)
2006–2007 Lixa 16 (2)
National team
1995–1996 Portugal U21 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Afonso Paulo Martins da Agra (born 11 April 1973), known as Martins, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Martins family emigrated to France when he was very young, and he first played professionally with AS Nancy, spending three seasons at the club. In the 1995–96 campaign he returned to Portugal, signing with league powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Martin's tenure with the capital outfit was an inconsistent one: he was a starter during his first years but, towards the end, was often demoted to the B-team, and participated very little in the side's 2000 and 2002 championship conquests (no games whatsoever in the latter, as he was left without a place in the squad and only trained separately).

Martins finished his career in June 2007, after spells with Moreirense FC, Vitória de Guimarães and lowly F.C. Lixa – He was helping a club in the 2005–06 season. He played for the Portuguese national team at under-21 level, also appearing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he scored both goals in the 2–0 win over Tunisia in the first game, as the country eventually finished fourth.

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