Martín Demichelis

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Martín Demichelis
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Demichelis training with Bayern Munich in 2009
Personal information
Full name Martín Gastón Demichelis[1]
Date of birth (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Justiniano Posse, Argentina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 26
Youth career
1994–1995 Complejo Deportivo
1995–1998 Club Renato Cesarini
1998–2000 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 River Plate 51 (1)
2003–2010 Bayern Munich 174 (13)
2004 Bayern Munich II 1 (0)
2011–2013 Málaga 84 (7)
2013 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2013– Manchester City 17 (1)
National team
2005–2011 Argentina 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:05, 22 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Martín Gastón Demichelis (Spanish pronunciation: [marˈtin demiˈt͡ʃelis]; born 20 December 1980) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Manchester City in England, mainly as a central defender, although he can operate occasionally as a defensive midfielder.

Demichelis spent most of his professional career with Bayern Munich in Germany (seven and a half years),[2] winning 11 major titles with the team. He also competed in his home country with River Plate, and in Spain with Málaga.

Demichelis gained 37 caps for Argentina, representing the country at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

River Plate[edit]

Born in Justiniano Posse, Córdoba, Demichelis started playing professionally in 2001, with Buenos Aires-based Club Atlético River Plate, having arrived at the club's youth system three years earlier.

He made his first-team – and first division – debut on 2 September 2001 in a game against Estudiantes de La Plata, scoring his only goal for the team against Rosario Central.

Bayern Munich[edit]

Demichelis signed for FC Bayern Munich in the 2003 summer, for 4.5 million.[3] His first season in the Bundesliga was not very positive as he suffered a number of minor injuries, appearing in only 14 league games (21 in total) as the Bavarians finished in second position; in early 2004 he appeared in his only game with the reserves, against Stuttgarter Kickers.[4]

Under new coach Felix Magath Demichelis became a regular starter for Bayern, appearing in 75 official matches in two seasons combined as the team won back-to-back doubles, achieving a total of four during his spell.

New Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld successfully reconverted Demichelis from a defensive midfielder into a central defender. In 2008–09 he netted a career-best four goals in 29 games, but the title was lost to VfL Wolfsburg. However, the player often clashed with the new manager Louis van Gaal,[5] starting immediately after the first matchday after being dropped from the starting XI for the 2010–11 opener against Wolfsburg, with Demichelis requesting that van Gaal omit him from the squad altogether, which the coach did; the player thereafter voiced to the press that it would be probable that he and the club went separate ways.[6]

On 29 October 2010, benefitting from a run of injuries in the squad, Demichelis made one of his last appearances for Bayern, heading home in a 4–2 home win against SC Freiburg.[7]

Málaga / Atlético Madrid[edit]

In late December 2010 Demichelis agreed a deal with Spanish club Málaga CF, initially until the end of the 2010–11 season, with the Malagueños retaining the option to extend the contract for a further two seasons.[8][9] He rejoined former River Plate manager Manuel Pellegrini, and made his La Liga debut on 8 January 2011, scoring in a 1–1 home draw against Athletic Bilbao.[10]

During his first four months with Málaga, Demichelis was sent off twice, but also started in all the matches he was available, being essential – as another January 2011 signee, Júlio Baptista – as the club eventually avoided relegation. On 22 August 2012 he scored the club's first-ever UEFA Champions League goal, netting the opener in the 2–0 playoff home win against Panathinaikos FC (also the aggregate score).[11]

On 11 July 2013, Demichelis signed for Atlético Madrid on a one-year contract, after his link with Málaga expired.[12] In December he started legal action against the latter over "non-payments", relating to "€400,000 of unpaid wages as well as bonuses".[13]

Manchester City[edit]

On 1 September 2013, Demichelis joined former Málaga boss Pellegrini and signed with Manchester City, penning a two-year contract for a reported £4.2 million. He had been with Atlético for less than two months, and had yet to make an appearance.[14]

Demichelis made his first appearance for his new team on 27 October 2013, starting in a 1–2 Premier League loss at Chelsea after recovering from a knee injury.[15] On 18 February of the following year, he was sent off against FC Barcelona in the club's Champions League round-of-16 0–2 home defeat, after fouling Lionel Messi and giving away a penalty.[16]

International career[edit]

Demichelis made his debut for Argentina in 2005. Also in that year he was selected by national team manager José Pekerman to the FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not leave the bench during the tournament.

On 11 September 2007, Demichelis scored his first international goal, in a friendly match against Australia, his header being the game's only goal. On 3 March 2010 he suffered a facial injury during an exhibition game with Germany, being sidelined for three weeks[17] but being nonetheless summoned for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Under Diego Maradona, Demichelis played in all of Argentina's games at the World Cup in South Africa, partnering Nicolás Burdisso in central defense in an eventual quarterfinal exit. On 22 June 2010, he scored the first goal in the 2–0 group stage win against Greece.[18]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 2007 MCG, Melbourne, Australia  Australia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 22 June 2010 Peter Mokaba, Polokwane, South Africa  Greece 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
Bayern Munich
Manchester City

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 15 March 2014.[19]

Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2001–02 ? ? 0 0 0 0 ? ?
2002–03 ? ? 0 0 0 0 ? ?
Total 51 1 0 0 0 0 51 1
Bayern Munich 2003–04 14 2 2 0 0 0 16 2
2004–05 23 0 4 0 5 0 32 0
2005–06 27 1 4 0 8 2 39 3
2006–07 26 3 2 0 6 0 34 3
2007–08 28 1 4 0 10 0 42 1
2008–09 29 4 3 0 8 0 40 4
2009–10 21 1 4 0 8 0 33 1
2010–11 6 1 1 0 2 0 9 1
Total 174 13 24 0 47 2 245 15
Málaga 2010–11 18 1 1 0 0 0 19 1
2011–12 35 2 4 1 0 0 39 3
2012–13 31 4 3 0 11 1 45 5
Total 84 7 8 1 11 1 103 9
Manchester City 2013–14 16 0 4 0 4 0 24 0
Career total 325 21 36 1 62 3 423 25

Personal[edit]

Demichelis also holds an Italian passport.[20] He married model Evangelina Anderson in late 2007, and the couple's child, Martín Bastian, was born in Munich on 3 May 2009.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2013. p. 20. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Demichelis: I love Bayern". FIFA.com. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Die Transfers in der Bundesliga" [The Bundesliga transfers] (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spielstatistik FC Bayern München II – Stuttgarter Kickers" (in German). Fussballdaten. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Demichelis unhappy with life at Bayern Munich". ESPN Soccernet. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Micho sorgt für Eklat!" [Micho worries after outburst!] (in German). TZ Online. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Champions finding feet". ESPN Soccernet. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Demichelis wechselt nach Málaga" [Demichelis moves to Málaga] (in German). FC Bayern Munich. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Malaga set to land Demichelis". FIFA.com. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Martinez leaves it late for Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Málaga prove too strong for Panathinaikos". UEFA.com. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Demichelis joins Atletico Madrid". Soccer News. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Manchester City defender in financial dispute with former club". Here is the City. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Martin Demichelis signs for City". Manchester City F.C. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Chelsea v Manchester City: Martin Demichelis makes shock City debut at Stamford Bridge". Metro. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2: match report". Daily Telegraph. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Surgery for injured Demichelis". Football.co. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Fletcher, Paul (22 June 2010). "Greece 0–2 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Martín Demichelis – Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Clubs aus Spanien und Italien wollen Demichelis" [Clubs from Spain and Italy want Demichelis] (in German). TZ Online. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Advice for WAGs from playmate Evangelina Anderson". Soccer Lens. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 

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