Jairo Martínez

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Jairo Martínez
Personal information
Full name Jairo Manfredo Martínez Puerto
Date of birth (1978-05-14) 14 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth La Ceiba, Honduras
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Motagua 33 (19)
2000–2002 Coventry City 11 (3)
2002–2005 Motagua 89 (23)
2005 Altamira 4 (1)
2005–2006 Olimpia 20 (2)
2006–2008 Motagua 41 (8)
National team
1998–2008 Honduras 38 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2008-05-22
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Puerto.

Jairo Manfredo Martínez Puerto (born 14 May 1978) is a retired Honduran football forward.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed el Kiki, Martínez started his professional career at Motagua with whom he would spend the majority of his career.

Coventry City[edit]

Martínez most notably played for Coventry City between 2000 and 2002, although he rarely appeared for the first team. He was part of the team that were relegated from the Premier League in 2001, although he never made an appearance that season. The manager at the time, Gordon Strachan, was criticised for making poor signings and Martínez was seen as one of them by the Coventry fans, as well as his compatriot Iván Guerrero who was brought to the club around the same time. It could be argued that Strachan had nothing to do with either of these signings - the squad at that time was arguably too large, and many players brought by consortia more concerned with making a profit on future sales. However, Martinez scored 3 league goals in just 5 starts, with all goals coming away from home against Barnsley,[1] Gillingham[2] and Millwall.[3]

He returned to Honduras and Motagua, then had a short stint in the Mexican second division and a season at Olimpia, before again turning out for Motagua. A knee injury eventually cut short his career and he retired in 2008, aged 30.[4]

He scored 50 goals in total for Motagua, making him the 5th most prolific scorer in the club's history.[5]

International career[edit]

Martínez made his debut for Honduras in a November 1999 friendly match against Guatemala and has earned a total of 38 caps, scoring 13 goals. He has represented his country in 4 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[6] and played at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also played at the 2001,[7] 2003[8] and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cups[9] as well as at the 2000,[10] 2003s[11] and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[12]

His final international was a February 2008 friendly match against Belize.

International goals[edit]

N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 November 1999 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala 1–1 1–1 Friendly match
2 16 December 1999 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Zambia 4–0 7–1 Friendly match
3 27 January 2000 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Ecuador 1–1 1–1 Friendly match
4 10 February 2000 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  El Salvador 5–1 5–1 Friendly match
5 22 March 2000 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Chile 1–1 2–5 Friendly match
6 25 May 2001 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Nicaragua 7–1 10–2 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
7 25 May 2001 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Nicaragua 8–1 10–2 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
8 11 February 2003 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Nicaragua 1–0 2–0 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup
9 18 February 2003 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–0 1–1 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup
10 22 June 2003 The Home Depot Center, Carson, USA  Guatemala 1–1 2–1 Friendly match
11 15 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Nicaragua 1–0 9–1 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
12 27 March 2007 SAS Soccer Park, Cary, USA  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 Friendly match
13 27 March 2007 SAS Soccer Park, Cary, USA  El Salvador 2–0 2–0 Friendly match


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