José Luis Martí

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José Luis Martí
Personal information
Full name José Luis Martí Soler
Date of birth (1975-04-28) 28 April 1975 (age 40)
Place of birth Palma, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 Mallorca B 122 (10)
2000 Mallorca 1 (0)
2000–2003 Tenerife 113 (6)
2003–2008 Sevilla 140 (4)
2008 Real Sociedad (loan) 22 (2)
2008– Mallorca 189 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Martí and the second or maternal family name is Soler.

José Luis Martí Soler (born 28 April 1975) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Mallorca. A central midfielder, he is best known for his excellent tactical awareness.

He amassed La Liga totals of 336 games and eight goals over the course of 13 seasons, representing in the competition Mallorca (two spells), Tenerife and Sevilla. He won five major titles with the latter, including two UEFA Cups.

Club career[edit]

Martí was born in Palma, Majorca. Having starting playing professionally with hometown's RCD Mallorca, making his first-team debuts at the age of already 25 in the 1999–2000 season (one game, one minute against Deportivo Alavés), he switched the following campaign to the Canary Islands, joining CD Tenerife in the second division and being instrumental in the team's promotion to La Liga.

After Tenerife's top level relegation, Martí played one more season with the club, then returned to the main category as he joined Sevilla FC in July 2003, going on to become a regular in the Andalusia side's exploits in the subsequent years – for instance, as it won back-to-back UEFA Cups,[1] he appeared in 24 matches combined scoring two goals, both through penalties.[2][3]

In May 2007, Martí extended his contract with Sevilla until 2010.[4] However, having lost his importance in 2007–08, he was loaned to second level team Real Sociedad in January 2008,[5] but the Basque ultimately failed to return to the top level.

33-year-old Martí returned to Mallorca in July 2008, being an undisputed starter in the first year upon his return and the following, when the Balearic Islands club was edged in the last matchday for the final berth for the UEFA Champions League, precisely by former side Sevilla. Again from the penalty spot he netted his only goal of the season, at Sporting de Gijón on 4 October 2009 (1–4 defeat).[6]




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