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 27)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 15
Youth career
Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 RBC Roosendaal 68 (2)
2011–2013 RKC Waalwijk 43 (1)
2013–2014 Jong Twente 11 (0)
2013–2015 Twente 48 (1)
2015–2017 Southampton 24 (1)
2017– Everton 3 (0)
National team
2011– Curaçao 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:43, 18 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:25, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Rhu-endly Aurelio Jean-Carlo "Cuco" Martina (born 25 September 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Everton. He plays primarily as a right back, but can also play as a centre back or defensive midfielder.[2]

A youth player at Feyenoord, he began his senior career with RBC Roosendaal in the Eerste Divisie, followed by two seasons each at Eredivisie clubs RKC Waalwijk and FC Twente. In 2015, he joined Premier League club Southampton, and two years later Everton.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, he represents Curaçao at international level, for whom he is captain. First capped in 2011, he represented the team at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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] Martina did not know his father, and states his elder brother was instead like a father to him.[3] His brother Javier is also a footballer.[4] Derwin is not related to him, despite media reports to the contrary.[5]

Club career[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Martina played youth football with Feyenoord.[3] He spent his early senior career with RBC Roosendaal in the Eerste Divisie.[2][6][7] In 2011, he joined RKC Waalwijk of the Eredivisie.[8] He played 59 official matches in two seasons in North Brabant, scoring to open a 2–0 home win over N.E.C. on 8 December 2012.[9]

On 30 July 2013, he joined FC Twente on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[10] Martina played 59 games across all competitions for the Enschede club, scoring once: an added-time equaliser in a 2–2 home draw with Feyenoord on 23 February 2014.[11]

Southampton[edit]

He signed a two-year contract with English club Southampton on 7 July 2015.[12] An unused substitute in the first leg,[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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 only 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.[16] He was released by Southampton at the end of the 2016–17 season.[17]

Everton[edit]

On 17 July 2017, following his release from Southampton, Martina joined fellow Premier League side Everton on a three-year deal, reuniting with his former Saints manager Ronald Koeman.[18][19] Martina made his league debut for Everton on 12 August, when his club beat Stoke City 1–0 at Goodison Park.[20]

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][21] He has played in qualifying matches for the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.[22] He served as national team captain.[23]

Martina was part of the Curaçao squad that won the 2017 Caribbean Cup in Martinique, defeating Jamaica national football team 2–1 in the final.[24] He captained the team at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 September 2017[26]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National 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 23 1 1 0 24 1
2010–11 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 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 32 0 5 0 2[a] 0 39 0
Total 48 1 6 0 2 0 56 1
Jong FC Twente 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 11 0 0 0 11 0
Southampton 2015–16[27] Premier League 15 1 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 18 1
2016–17[28] 9 0 2 0 2 0 5[a] 0 18 0
Total 24 1 3 0 2 0 7 0 36 1
Everton 2017–18[29] Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 6 0
Career total 210 5 12 0 2 0 12 0 238 5
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Southampton[7]

International[edit]

Curaçao[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League – Squad List 2015/16" (PDF). Premier League. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2015. 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 7 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Derwin Martina: York City release defender after playing one game for reserve team". BBC Sport. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Cuco Martina at Soccerway. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. ^ Ummels, Jody (27 June 2011). "Overzicht van de Brabantse voetbaltransfers" (in Dutch). Omroep Brabant. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Degelijk RKC Waalwijk verslaat dramatisch NEC: 2-0" (in Dutch). Omroep Brabant. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Cuco Martina naar FC Twente" (in Dutch). FC Twente. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "FEYENOORD PEGGED BACK IN INJURY TIME". Feyenoord. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Cuco Martina: Southampton sign FC Twente defender". BBC Sport. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Williams, Adam (30 July 2015). "Southampton 3–0 Vitesse". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Jennings, Patrick (6 August 2015). "Vitesse 0–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Davis, Matt (9 August 2015). "Newcastle 2–2 Southampton". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Martina: An unbelievable feeling". Southampton F.C. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Saints release four players". Southampton FC. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Blues Swoop For Martina". Everton Official Site. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Cuco Martina: Everton sign out-of-contract Southampton defender". BBC Sport. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Everton 1-0 Stoke City". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ Cuco MartinaFIFA competition record
  23. ^ Connor O'Neill (24 August 2016). "Who is Everton target Cuco Martina? Everything you need to know". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  24. ^ Williams, Sean (26 June 2017). "Boyz edged 1-2 by Curacao in Caribbean Cup final". Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  25. ^ "Curaçao 2 - 0 Jamaica". CONCACAF. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  26. ^ Cuco Martina at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Games played by Cuco Martina in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Cuco Martina in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Cuco Martina in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 

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