Corentin Martins

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Corentin Martins
Personal information
Full name Corentin Martins da Silva
Date of birth (1969-07-11) 11 July 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Brest, France
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mauritania (coach)
Youth career
Patronage Bergot
AS Brestoise
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Brest 85 (4)
1991–1996 Auxerre 187 (42)
1996–1997 Deportivo La Coruña 36 (13)
1998–2004 Strasbourg 170 (21)
1999–2000Bordeaux (loan) 30 (0)
2004 Clermont 2 (0)
Total 520 (80)
National team
1988 Brittany indoor
1993–1997 France 14 (1)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Quimpérois
2008 Brest (caretaker)
2008–2013 Brest (assistant)
2012 Brest (caretaker)
2013 Brest (caretaker)
2014– Mauritania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Corentin Martins da Silva (born 11 July 1969) is a former French footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and is the current manager of the Mauritania national team.

Club career[edit]

Martins was born in Brest, Brittany of Portuguese descent.[1] After starting at hometown's Stade Brestois 29, he moved to AJ Auxerre in 1991, being a crucial part of an emergent side led by legendary Guy Roux: in 1992–93 they reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals[2] and, four years later, achieved an historical double.[3]

On 30 May 1996, Martins signed with Deportivo de La Coruña from Spain.[4] After an impressive first season in La Liga he lost his importance in the squad due to injuries,[5] and returned in January 1998 to France, joining RC Strasbourg for one-and-a-half years[6] and winning the 2001 edition of the Coupe de France after defeating Amiens SC on penalties.[7]

After a loan to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Martins rejoined Strasbourg until 2004, and closed out his career with Clermont Foot. In 2006 he started his manager career, with lowly Quimper Cornouaille FC. In the following year he was named his first club's director of football, but had a brief spell as interim coach in the beginnings of the 2008–09 campaign; he subsequently stayed on the bench, now as an assistant for the Ligue 2 team.[8]

During 2011–12 and 2012–13, Martins acted as caretaker for Brest as a replacement for sacked Alex Dupont[9] and Landry Chauvin, respectively.[10] After managing to avert top flight relegation in the former season, he lost all eight matches he was in charge in the latter, with the subsequent 20th position in the table and relegation.[11]

International career[edit]

Martins earned his first cap for France on 27 March 1993, in a 1–0 win against Austria. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996 and gained a total of 14 caps, but his international career was vastly undermined by the emergence of Zinedine Zidane.[12]

On 8 October 2014, Martins was appointed manager of Mauritania.[13]


  1. ^ "Avant Portugal-France: ces Bleus qui ont la Seleçao dans le coeur" [Before Portugal-France: these Blues that have the Seleçao in their heart] (in French). Eurosport. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Auxerre-Ajax: souvenirs, souvenirs (Auxerre-Ajax: memories, memories); Europe 1, 2 November 2010 (in French)
  3. ^ Un jour, une histoire, un club: AJ Auxerre (One day, one history, one club: AJ Auxerre)[permanent dead link]; L'Actu Sport, 19 December 2015 (in French)
  4. ^ Martins piropea a su nuevo club (Martins flirts with his new club); Mundo Deportivo, 30 May 1996 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Qué fue de… Corentin Martins: acento francés en Riazor (What happened to… Corentin Martins: French accent in Riazor); 20 Minutos, 1 December 2004 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Corentin Martins pone fin a su carrera deportiva (Corentin Martins ends sporting career) Archived 2016-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.; La Voz de Galicia, 28 September 2004 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Strasbourg 0–0 Amiens" (in French). L'Équipe. 26 May 2001. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Ligue 2. Stade brestois: Martins va être licencié (Ligue 2. Stade brestois: Martins will be fired); Ouest-France, 27 September 2013 (in French)
  9. ^ Martins, le pari risqué (Martins, quite a gamble); L'Équipe, 26 April 2012 (in French)
  10. ^ Brest: Corentin Martins (encore) à la rescousse (Brest: Corentin Martins (again) to the rescue) Archived 2014-12-31 at the Wayback Machine.; Eurosport, 3 April 2013 (in French)
  11. ^ Foot – L1 – Brest – Leur mission est impossible (Foot – L1 – Brest – Mission impossible for them) Archived 2016-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.; Yahoo! Sports, 11 May 2013 (in French)
  12. ^ Frédéric Johansen, l’espoir brisé de la génération Zidane (Frédéric Johansen, the broken promise of generation Zidane); Be In Sports, 7 September 2015 (in French)
  13. ^ Mauritania appoint Corentin Martins as coach; BBC Sport, 8 October 2014

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