Not to be confused with Gilberto Erick Martínez.
Gilberto Martínez Vidal
Date of birth
October 1, 1979
Place of birth
Golfito, Costa Rica
1.74 m (5 ft
8 in) 1⁄ 2
Right back, Centre back
Roma (loan) 0
Sampdoria (loan) 9
Costa Rica 61
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2011
Gilberto Martínez Vidal (born October 1, 1979 in Golfito, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican footballer.
He most recently played as a
defender for Italian club Lecce.
Club career [ edit ]
Deportivo Saprissa [ edit ]
Born in the Pacific Coast town of
Golfito, Martínez made his professional debut for Deportivo Saprissa on 19 January 2000 in a 4-0 win over Cartaginés. His performances in the domestic league and Nigeria's [1 ] Football World Youth Championship soon earned him a place on the Costa Rican national team. Martínez quickly established himself there as well, becoming one of the most wanted and loved from the fans. He started all three of the team's games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and his performances were well regarded.
Brescia Calcio [ edit ]
Due to his World Cup performances, Brescia purchased him from
Deportivo Saprissa on September 15 of the same year. In his initial seasons with Brescia, Martínez established himself as a mainstay in the rondinelle defense line. However, an ankle injury he suffered during the 2006 FIFA World Cup limited him in the following seasons; he spent the whole 2006–07 season on loan to Roma, but failed to make an impact as he failed to recover from his injury. He returned to Brescia at the start of the 2007–08 season without having made a single appearance for the Rome-based club. He ultimately made his playing comeback in the 2008–09 season, confirming himself once again as a key player for his club, then in [2 ] Serie B.
In February 2011 he was loaned to
Sampdoria. [3 ]
In January 2013, Martínez joined
Lecce. [4 ]
Career statistics [ edit ]
International career [ edit ]
He was part of Costa Rica's national team in the
1999 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Nigeria. [5 ]
Tuma, Martínez made his debut for Costa Rica in a January 2001 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Guatemala and earned a total of 61 caps, scoring no goals. He represented his country in 26 [6 ] FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. He also played at the [5 ] 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup as well as at the [7 ] 2002 and [8 ] 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cups. [9 ]
He also played at the
2001 Copa América. [10 ]
His final international was a March 2011
friendly match against Argentina.
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Gilberto Martínez international tournaments