Diego Martínez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Balderas.
Diego Martínez
Personal information
Full name Diego Alfonso Martínez Balderas
Date of birth (1981-02-15) 15 February 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth México D.F., México
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right Wingback
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Club Necaxa 147 (17)
2006–2012 Guadalajara 62 (3)
2007 Morelia (loan) 21 (0)
2008 U.A.N.L. (loan) 19 (0)
2009 CF Monterrey (loan) 15 (0)
2010 San Luis (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011 Veracruz (loan) ? (0)
2011 La Piedad (loan) 0 (0)
2013 Querétaro 0 (0)
National team
2003– Mexico 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2009

Diego Alfonso Martínez Balderas (born February 15, 1981 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a football defender.


Martínez made his debut in the Invierno 2001 season with Necaxa. His ability to attack made him a fan favorite and quickly earned him a starting position. He signed with Chivas in 2006, where he immediately became an important part of the team. Martínez usually played in the right wingback position with Chivas, providing the team with crosses and through passes in the attack. However, he excelled more in his defending duties.

Martínez lost favor with Chivas and has been out on loan with Morelia, Tigres, CF Monterrey, San Luis, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, and most recently CF La Piedad, until July 2012, when he received a second shot with Chivas, which included Diego in the squad for the next Apertura tournament.

International career[edit]

Martínez has played in several national Mexican youth teams, and was captain of the Mexican U-23 Team during the 2004 Olympic Trials. He received his first summons for the senior Mexican National Football Team in 2003. Martínez was called upon by former Mexico coach Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe on several occasions in search for the team that would play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. March 10, 2004 Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico  Ecuador 2–1 Win Friendly
2. March 31, 2004 Carson, United States  Costa Rica 2–0 Win Friendly
3. October 26, 2005 Guadalajara, Mexico  Uruguay 3–1 Win Friendly

International caps[edit]

As of 28 January 2009

External links[edit]