Josef Martínez

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Josef Martínez
Personal information
Full name Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia
Date of birth (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Valencia, Venezuela
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 17
Youth career
Caracas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Caracas 36 (8)
2012–2014 Young Boys 37 (5)
2013–2014 Thun (loan) 18 (8)
2014– Torino 5 (1)
National team
2011– Venezuela U-20 4 (2)
2011– Venezuela 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 December 2014

Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia (born 19 May 1993) is a Venezuelan footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Torino and the Venezuelan national team.

Club career[edit]

Martínez made his debut for Caracas on 21 August 2010 against Estudiantes de Mérida, entering as a substitute in the 70th minute, won 1–0. He scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Deportivo Petare on 21 November 2010.[1]

In the summer of 2012 he moved to Switzerland, joining the ranks of BSC Young Boys. After one season with the club played in the capital city, he was sent on loan for a season at Thun. After scoring 8 goals in 18 games with the team from Bernese Oberland, momentarily becoming the top scorer in the Swiss Super League, he was recalled by Young Boys.[2]

Torino[edit]

On 7 June 2014, he officially moved outright to Torino in Serie A;[3] debuting in the third round of the 2014–15 Europa League first leg won 3–0 against Swedish side Brommapojkarna as a substitute.[4] He scored his first goal for Torino in the return leg, won 4–0 in Turin (7–0 on agg.), with a header in the 90th minute.[5] On 7 December 2014 Martinez scored his first goal in Serie A during a 2–2 draw with Palermo.[6] Four days later, he scored a brace against Copenhagen during the final match of the UEFA Europa League group stage ending 1–5 in favor of Torino.

International career[edit]

Martínez made his international debut on 7 August 2011 against El Salvador, coming on as a 76th minute sub.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 December 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caracas 2010–11 21 4 - - 7 1 28 5
2011–12 15 4 - - 0 0 15 4
Total 36 8 0 0 7 1 43 9
Young Boys 2011–12 11 0 0 0 - - 11 0
2012–13 8 1 1 0 - - 9 1
Total 19 1 1 1 0 0 20 1
FC Thun 2013–14 18 8 3 1 11 1 32 10
Total 18 8 3 1 11 1 32 10
Torino 2014–15 5 1 0 0 9 3 14 4
Total Career 78 18 4 2 27 5 109 24

International[edit]

Venezuela national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 2
Total 12 2

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 May 2013 Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela  El Salvador 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 14 August 2013 Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela  Bolivia 1–0 2–2 Friendly

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