Cuco Martina

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Cuco Martina
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Martina with Southampton in 2015
Personal information
Full name Rhu-endly Aurelio Jean-Carlo Martina[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-25) 25 September 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 15
Youth career
Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 RBC Roosendaal 68 (2)
2011–2013 RKC Waalwijk 43 (1)
2013–2015 Twente 48 (1)
2013–2014 Jong Twente 11 (0)
2015– Southampton 15 (1)
National team
2011– Curaçao 24 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:56, 15 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2015

Rhu-endly Aurelio Jean-Carlo "Cuco" Martina (born 25 September 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for English club Southampton, as a right back.

He formerly played for Feyenoord, RBC Roosendaal, RKC Waalwijk and FC Twente.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, he represents Curaçao at international level.

Early and personal life[edit]

Martina was born in Rotterdam.[2] He grew up in the south of the city with his mother, brothers and sister.[3] He did not know his father, and states his elder brother was instead like a father to him.[3] His brothers Derwin and Javier are also both footballers.[4]

Club career[edit]

Martina played youth football with Feyenoord.[3] He then spent his early senior career with RBC Roosendaal, RKC Waalwijk and FC Twente.[2][5][6]

He signed a two-year contract with English club Southampton on 7 July 2015.[7] An unused substitute in the first leg,[8] Martina made his Southampton debut in their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg away to Vitesse Arnhem, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–0 win on 6 August.[9] Three days later, he made his league debut as a half-time substitute for fellow new signing Cédric Soares in a 2–2 draw against Newcastle United.[10] Martina became the first-ever Curaçao international to play for Southampton and the second to play in the Premier League after West Bromwich Albion's Shelton Martis in 2009.[4]

On 26 December 2015, on his first start, Martina scored his first goal for the Saints, a long-range strike to open a 4–0 win over Arsenal. He became the first Curaçaoan to score in the Premier League.[11]

International career[edit]

Martina made his international debut for Curaçao on 9 August 2011, in their first match since the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles. He played the first half of the 1–0 friendly loss to the Dominican Republic at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristóbal, before being substituted for Kenny Kunst.[2][12] He has played in qualifying matches for the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.[13]

Playing style[edit]

Martina plays primarily as a right back, but can also play as a centre back or defensive midfielder.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2016[14]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
RBC Roosendaal 2008–09 Eerste Divisie 14 0 0 0 14 0
2009–10 Eerste Divisie 23 1 1 0 24 1
2010–11 Eerste Divisie 32 1 0 0 32 1
Total 69 2 1 0 70 2
RKC Waalwijk 2011–12 Eredivisie 23 0 0 0 23 0
2012–13 Eredivisie 34 1 2 0 36 1
Total 57 1 2 0 59 1
FC Twente 2013–14 Eredivisie 16 1 1 0 0 0 17 1
2014–15 Eredivisie 32 0 5 0 2 0 39 0
Total 48 1 6 0 2 0 56 1
Jong FC Twente 2014–15 Eerste Divisie 11 0 0 0 11 0
Southampton 2015–16[15] Premier League 15 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 18 1
Career total 200 5 10 0 0 0 4 0 214 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League - Squad List 2015/16" (PDF). Premier League. p. 31. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Cuco Martina". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cuco Martina heet eigenlijk Rhu-endly" (in Dutch). Twente Insite. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "IN PROFILE: Cuco Martina". Southampton F.C. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Cuco Martina profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Cuco Martina: Southampton sign FC Twente defender". BBC Sport. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Williams, Adam (30 July 2015). "Southampton 3-0 Vitesse". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Jennings, Patrick (6 August 2015). "Vitesse 0-2 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Davis, Matt (9 August 2015). "Newcastle 2-2 Southampton". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Martina: An unbelievable feeling". Southampton F.C. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Zoet houdt weer de nul, Martina met Curaçao onderuit" (in Dutch). RKC Waalwijk. 7 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Cuco MartinaFIFA competition record
  14. ^ Cuco Martina profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Games played by Cuco Martina in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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