Rubén Iván Martínez

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Rubén
Personal information
Full name Rubén Iván Martínez Andrade
Date of birth (1984-06-22) 22 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Coristanco, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Almería
Number TBA
Youth career
1994–1996 Bergantiños
1996–1997 Orillamar
1997–2002 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Barcelona C 31 (0)
2002–2007 Barcelona B 97 (0)
2004–2008 Barcelona 2 (0)
2007–2008 Racing Ferrol (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Cartagena 76 (0)
2010–2013 Málaga 11 (0)
2012–2013 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 30 (0)
2013–2014 Rayo Vallecano 34 (0)
2014– Almería 0 (0)
National team
2002 Spain U20 1 (0)
2004 Spain U21 1 (0)
2005 Spain U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Andrade.

Rubén Iván Martínez Andrade, simply known as Rubén (born 22 June 1984), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Almería as a goalkeeper.

Football career[edit]

Born in Coristanco, Galicia, Rubén moved to FC Barcelona's youth ranks in 1997, and reached the club's reserves five years later. As Turkey's Rüştü Reçber went on loan in the 2004–05 season he was handed the role of third-choice in the first team, behind Víctor Valdés and Albert Jorquera.

On 18 December 2004 Rubén entered the pitch for Xavi Hernández after Valdés' dismissal in a 1–1 away draw against Valencia CF,[1] and kept his place for the subsequent 2–1 La Liga win over Levante UD.[2] After some more years in the B-squad and an unassuming second division loan at Racing de Ferrol (no games played, eventual relegation), he was released by Barcelona, joining FC Cartagena in the third level and going on to play in more than 80 official matches in his first two seasons combined, promoting in the first and nearly repeating the feat in the second.

On 25 August 2010 Rubén was sold to Málaga CF, for 1.35 million.[3] On 23 September he made his official debut, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 win at Getafe CF.[4] However, in late December, he fractured his right wrist in training – his second major physical ailment whilst at the club – being sidelined for the rest of the campaign[5] and prompting the Andalusians to sign another goalkeeper in the winter transfer window, as Sergio Asenjo also suffered a severe injury (knee).

After a series of bad performances upon his recovery and also due to the managerial change at Málaga, Rubén lost his position to Wilfredo Caballero, being further demoted to third-choice after the club signed Carlos Kameni in January 2012. He was loaned to fellow top-divisioner Rayo Vallecano for the 2012–13 season.[6]

On 23 July 2013 Rubén returned to the Madrid side on a permanent deal, signing a one-year contract.[7] On 28 May of the following year he moved to fellow league team UD Almería, in a one-year deal.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona

Country[edit]

Spain U23
Spain U20

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