Antonio Rodríguez Martínez

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Not to be confused with Toño Ramírez.
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Toño with Racing Santander in 2008
Personal information
Full name Antonio Rodríguez Martínez
Date of birth (1979-12-17) 17 December 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Alicante, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 13
Youth career
Betis Florida
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Hércules B
1999–2003 Hércules 64 (0)
2003–2004 Recreativo 49 (0)
2005–2012 Racing Santander 177 (0)
2006 Recreativo (loan) 19 (0)
2012–2013 Granada 24 (0)
2013–2014 Elche 9 (0)
2014– Rayo Vallecano 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2016.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Antonio Rodríguez Martínez (born 17 December 1979), known as Toño (Spanish pronunciation: ['toɲo]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano as a goalkeeper.

He spent most of his career with Racing de Santander, appearing in 183 competitive games over the course of seven seasons. In La Liga, he also represented Granada, Elche and Rayo Vallecano.

Football career[edit]

Toño was born in Alicante, Valencian Community. After making his professional debuts with hometown's Hércules CF, he joined Recreativo de Huelva (second division) for the 2003–04 season, signing with La Liga side Racing de Santander in January 2005 but returning to Huelva on loan exactly one year later; during both his spells in Andalusia, he had an interesting battle for first-choice status with José Antonio Luque.

Toño in action for Racing Santander in 2009

In the following years, Toño was the undisputed first-choice: in the 2007–08 campaign, as Racing achieved a first-ever qualification to the UEFA Cup,[1] he finished second to Iker Casillas in the Ricardo Zamora Trophy race,[2] an award which he had already won in his debut season with Recre.

Toño begun 2009–10 as starter. However, on 28 February 2010, he suffered a leg injury as the Cantabrians lost 0–2 at home against UD Almería, and would miss more than two months of action, although he would be reinstated for the final two games as Racing narrowly avoided relegation, including the decisive 2–0 home win against Sporting de Gijón.[3]

After leaving Santander in the 2012 summer, Toño continued competing in the top division by representing Granada CF and Elche CF. On 22 August 2014, he terminated his contract with the latter[4] and moved to fellow league club Rayo Vallecano on 1 September.[5]




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