Carlos Martínez (footballer, born April 1986)

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Carlos Martínez
Personal information
Full name Carlos Martínez Díez
Date of birth (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Lodosa, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1999–2004 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Real Sociedad B 61 (1)
2007–2018 Real Sociedad 195 (3)
2018–2019 Oviedo 14 (0)
National team
2012–2015 Basque Country 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2019

Carlos Martínez Díez (born 9 April 1986) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a right back.

He spent most of his professional career with Real Sociedad, appearing in 209 competitive matches and scoring three goals.

Club career[edit]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Born in Lodosa, Navarre, Martínez joined Real Sociedad from local CD Izarra, aged 13. He made his senior debut with the former's B-team, going on to spend two full seasons in Segunda División B.

In the 2007–08 campaign, with the main squad in Segunda División after 40 years, Martínez started competing as a professional. He played his first league match on 26 August 2007 in a 0–2 home loss against CD Castellón,[1] and scored his first goal on 25 November of that year to help the hosts beat Málaga CF 3–0.[2]

Martínez contributed with 23 games – 22 starts – in 2009–10 as the Txuriurdin returned to La Liga after three years, as champions.[3] He made his debut in the competition on 29 August 2010 by featuring the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home success over Villarreal CF;[4] during the following seasons, he battled for first-choice status with fellow youth graduate Dani Estrada.[5][6]

In May 2018, after he made only a single Copa del Rey appearance since December 2016 due to injuries and the form of the emerging Álvaro Odriozola in his position,[7] the club announced that Martínez would be departing from the club on the expiry of his contract at the end of the campaign, at the same time as long-time teammate Xabi Prieto.[8][9]


On 6 July 2018, Martínez signed a one-year deal with Real Oviedo in the second division.[10]


  1. ^ "Pitada histórica en el primer tropezón de la Real en el 'infierno'" [Historical boos in Real's first setback in 'hell']. Marca (in Spanish). 26 August 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. ^ "El líder cayó contra pronóstico en Anoeta" [Leaders fell in Anoeta against all odds]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 November 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ "El cielo de Primera vuelve a abrirse para la Real Sociedad" [Primera heaven reopens for Real Sociedad]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 June 2010. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Liga BBVA: La Real Sociedad sorprende a un flojo Villarreal (1–0)" [BBVA League: Real Sociedad surprise weak Villarreal (1–0)] (in Spanish). Goal. 29 August 2010. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Otro inicio con el pie torcido para Carlos Martínez" [Carlos Martínez starts on the wrong foot again]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 July 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Arrasate tiene un problema con el lateral derecho" [Arrasate has right-back problem] (in Spanish). Terra. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Carlos Martínez: "Se me hace muy difícil pensar en otra cosa que no sea ir a Zubieta"" [Carlos Martínez: "I find it very hard thinking about anything other than going to Zubieta"]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 January 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Real Sociedad confirm Carlos Martinez will leave after 18 years". Marca. 6 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  9. ^ ""La Real will be my life"". Real Sociedad. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  10. ^ Azparren Menéndez, Nacho (6 July 2018). "Carlos Martínez, cuarto refuerzo del Real Oviedo" [Carlos Martínez, fourth Real Oviedo addition]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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