Francisco Martos

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Javi Martos
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Martos Espigares
Date of birth (1984-01-04) 4 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Alamedilla, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1993–2003 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Barcelona C 76 (1)
2006 Barcelona 1 (0)
2006–2007 CSKA Sofia 8 (0)
2007 Girona 18 (1)
2007–2008 Málaga B 24 (0)
2008–2010 Iraklis 44 (0)
2011– Charleroi 131 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Martos and the second or maternal family name is Espigares.

Francisco Javier 'Javi' Martos Espigares (born 4 January 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Belgian club R. Charleroi S.C. as a right back.

Football career[edit]

Born in Alamedilla, Granada, Martos spent one full decade in FC Barcelona's youth system,[1] but only represented the C-team as a senior. On 20 May 2006 he played his first and only La Liga game, replacing also youth graduate Andrea Orlandi in the second half of a 1–3 loss against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mamés Stadium, as the Frank Rijkaard-led side had already been crowned league champions.[2]

Martos had a brief spell with PFC CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria after being released by the Blaugrana, then resumed his career in amateur football, first with Girona FC then Atlético Malagueño. In the 2008 summer he joined Iraklis Thessaloniki FC, being first-choice and helping the team to back-to-back tenth-place finishes in the Superleague Greece.

In early December 2010 Martos went on trial with SD Eibar in his homeland,[3] but nothing came of it. In the following year's winter transfer window, he signed a contract with R. Charleroi S.C. in Belgium.[4]

Martos was relegated from the Pro League in his first year, but achieved promotion in his first full season after only missing three league matches.


  1. ^ "La entrevista: Javi Martos" [The interview: Javi Martos] (in Spanish). Calentando Banquillo. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Athletic Bilbao 3–1 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ El ex del Barcelona, Javier Martos, a prueba con el Eibar (Former Barcelona player Javier Martos, on trial with Eibar); Diario Vasco, 8 December 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Javi Martos, oficialmente nuevo jugador del Charleroi (Javi Martos, officially new Charleroi player); Tablón Deportivo, 22 January 2011 (Spanish)

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