Demichelis playing with Bayern Munich
|Full name||Martín Gastón Demichelis|
|Date of birth||20 December 1980|
|Place of birth||Justiniano Posse, Argentina|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Manchester City|
|1995–1998||Club Renato Cesarini|
|2004||Bayern Munich II||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Martín Gastón Demichelis (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾˈtin 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.
A tough-tackler, Demichelis spent most of his professional career with Bayern Munich in Germany (seven and a half years), winning 11 major titles with the team. He also competed in his home country – with River Plate – and in Spain – with Málaga.
Demichelis signed for FC Bayern Munich in the 2003 summer, for €4.5 million. 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.
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, 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.
Málaga / Atlético Madrid
In late December 2010 Demichelis agreed a deal with Spanish club Málaga CF, initially until the end of the 2010–11 season, with the Andalusians retaining the option to extend the contract for a further two seasons. 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.
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).
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.
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 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.
|1||11 September 2007||MCG, Melbourne, Australia||Australia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||22 June 2010||Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa||Greece||1–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
- River Plate
- Bayern Munich
- Bundesliga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2004, 2007
- DFL-Supercup: 2010
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2009–10
Statistics accurate as of 30 November 2013
- "Premier League clubs submit squad lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2013. p. 20. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Demichelis: I love Bayern". FIFA.com. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Die Transfers in der Bundesliga" [The Bundesliga transfers] (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- "Spielstatistik FC Bayern München II – Stuttgarter Kickers" (in German). Fussballdaten. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Demichelis unhappy with life at Bayern Munich". ESPN Soccernet. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Micho sorgt für Eklat!" [Micho worries after outburst!] (in German). TZ Online. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- "Champions finding feet". ESPN Soccernet. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Demichelis wechselt nach Málaga" [Demichelis moves to Málaga] (in German). FC Bayern Munich. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Malaga set to land Demichelis". FIFA.com. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Martinez leaves it late for Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Málaga prove too strong for Panathinaikos". UEFA.com. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Demichelis joins Atletico Madrid". Soccer News. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- "Martin Demichelis signs for City". Manchester City. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Chelsea v Manchester City: Martin Demichelis makes shock City debut at Stamford Bridge". Metro. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Surgery for injured Demichelis". Football.co. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- Fletcher, Paul (22 June 2010). "Greece 0–2 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "Martín Demichelis – Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
- "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.
- "Advice for WAGs from playmate Evangelina Anderson". Soccer Lens. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- Málaga official profile
- Martín Demichelis at fussballdaten.de (German)
- BDFutbol profile
- Martín Demichelis at National-Football-Teams.com
- Martín Demichelis – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Transfermarkt profile
- Career details at Irish Times