Gelson Martins

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Gelson Martins
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Martins with Portugal at the 2017 Confederations Cup
Personal information
Full name Gelson Dany Batalha Martins[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Praia, Cape Verde
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 18
Youth career
2008–2010 Futebol Benfica
2010–2014 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Sporting B 40 (6)
2015–2018 Sporting CP 92 (18)
2018– Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Portugal U18 10 (0)
2013–2014 Portugal U19 21 (7)
2014–2015 Portugal U20 9 (3)
2015–2017 Portugal U21 5 (2)
2016– Portugal U23 1 (1)
2016– Portugal 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:57, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Gelson Dany Batalha Martins (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɛɫsɐn mɐɾˈtĩʃ]; born 11 May 1995) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Portugal national team as a winger.

He started his career at Sporting, appearing in 125 competitive matches and winning two trophies during his three-year tenure. In 2018, he signed with Atlético Madrid.

A Portuguese international since 2016, Martins represented the nation in the 2018 World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Born in Praia, Cape Verde, Martins moved to Portugal in his teens and played youth football with C.F. Benfica and Sporting CP. In March 2014, he was promoted to the B-team of the latter and signed a contract extension until 2019, with a release clause of 45 million;[3] during his youth spell, his goal against C.F. União de Coimbra earned the praise of many,[4] even though his coach at Sporting B had previously said he was being "harmed" by not playing in his preferred position as winger.[5]

Gelson made his debut as a professional on 24 August 2014, coming on as a late substitute for Lewis Enoh in a 1–0 away win against S.C. Olhanense for the Segunda Liga championship.[6] On 21 December he scored his first goal in the competition, contributing to a 3–1 success at Vitória S.C. B.[7]

Martins was promoted to Sporting's main squad in summer 2015, by new manager Jorge Jesus.[8] He made his competitive debut on 9 August, playing injury time in a 1–0 win over S.L. Benfica for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.[9]

Martins first appeared in the Primeira Liga on 14 August 2015, playing one minute in a 2–1 success against newly promoted C.D. Tondela.[10] On 15 January of the following year, against the same opponent, he scored Sporting's 5000th goal in the competition, putting the hosts ahead in an eventual 2–2 draw.[11]

On 11 June 2018, Martins requested that his contract with Sporting be terminated,[12] following an incident in the previous month where a group of around 50 supporters invaded the club's training centre and assaulted several players and staff members.[13]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 18 July 2018, Martins accepted an offer from Atlético Madrid.[14] One week later, he was announced as a new player of the Spanish club after agreeing to a five-year deal.[15] Sporting made an official complaint to FIFA over the transfer and demanded compensation of €100 million, the release clause of his cancelled contract.[16]

International career[edit]

Martins was in the Portugal squad for the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, playing all the matches en route to a runner-up finish in Hungary.[17] He also represented the nation at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring in the group stage against Senegal[18] and in the round-of-16 against hosts New Zealand[19] in an eventual quarter-final exit.[20]

Martins got his first call up to the senior team in late September 2016, for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Faroe Islands.[21] He won his first cap against the former, replacing Pepe for the last 18 minutes of the 6–0 win in Aveiro.[22]

Martins was picked by manager Fernando Santos for his 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[23] He made his debut in the competition on 20 June, playing roughly 30 minutes in the 1–0 group stage defeat of Morocco after replacing Bernardo Silva.[24]

Style of play[edit]

Mainly a winger on both flanks, Martins can also operate as a right back, a trait which cemented his place in the junior national teams.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 May 2018[26]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting B 2014–15 Segunda Liga 40 6 40 6
Sporting 2014–15 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 29 4 4 1 2 1 7 1 42 7
2016–17 Primeira Liga 32 6 4 0 2 1 6 0 44 7
2017–18 Primeira Liga 31 8 5 1 3 1 13 3 52 13
Total 92 18 12 1 7 2 18 4 125 25
Career total 132 24 12 1 7 2 18 4 165 31

International[edit]

As of 20 June 2018[27]
Portugal
Year Apps Goals
2016 3 0
2017 12 0
2018 4 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting

Atlético Madrid

International[edit]

Portugal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of players: Portugal" (PDF). FIFA. 20 March 2018. p. 7. Retrieved 29 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 23. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Gelson Martins renova com Sporting até 2019" [Gelson Martins renews with Sporting until 2019]. A Semana (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Poker de Baldé em goleada tardia" [Baldé poker in late routing] (in Portuguese). Notícias do Futebol. 5 October 2013. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gelson valoriza importância da Academia" [Gelson values importance of the academy] (in Portuguese). Notícias do Futebol. 22 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Olhanense-Sporting B, 0–1: Dramé marca e acaba expulso" [Olhanense-Sporting B, 0–1: Dramé scores and ends up being sent off]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "V. Guimarães B-Sporting B, 1–3: Terceira vitória seguida para os leões" [V. Guimarães B-Sporting B, 1–3: Third win in a row for the lions]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 December 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gelson: de extremo da equipa B ao onze... na Supertaça" [Gelson: from B-team winger to starting eleven... in Supercup]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Benfica 0–1 Sporting" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Penálti no final salvou Sporting frente ao estreante Tondela" [Penalty in the end saved Sporting against newcomer Tondela]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 14 August 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gelson Martins apontou o golo 5000 dos leões na Liga" [Gelson Martins scored the lions' goal 5000 in League]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes ask to end Sporting Lisbon contracts". Sky Sports. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "Sporting Lisbon players and staff attacked by intruders at training ground". The Guardian. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  14. ^ García, Jorge (18 July 2018). "Atlético wait for an answer from FIFA on Gelson Martins". Diario AS. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Gelson Martins se convierte en nuevo jugador del Atlético de Madrid" [Gelson Martins becomes the new player of Atlético de Madrid] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  16. ^ "Sporting Club file complaint against Atlético in search of €100m for Martins". Diario AS. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018. 
  17. ^ "Ser jogador não é tudo para os vice-campeões europeus Sub-19" [Being a player is not all to Under-19 European vice-champions]. Diário Económico (in Portuguese). 1 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Dominant Portugal defeat Senegal". FIFA. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Portugal break hosts' hearts". FIFA. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Brazil through as profligate Portugal pay the penalty". FIFA. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Gelson Martins convocado por Fernando Santos" [Gelson Martins called by Fernando Santos] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "Portugal 6–0 Andorra: Cristiano Ronaldo nets FOUR in rout as minnows have two men sent off for kicking Real Madrid star during World Cup qualifier". Daily Mail. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  24. ^ "Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1–0 win, Morocco eliminated". The New York Times. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  25. ^ "Gelson surpreende em todos os aspectos" [Gelson surprises in every aspect] (in Portuguese). Notícias do Futebol. 20 November 2012. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Gelson Martins". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Gelson Martins". European Football. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  28. ^ Emma Sanders (15 August 2018). "Real Madrid 2–4 Atlético Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  29. ^ ""Portugal fez uma prova excelente", diz Fernando Santos" ["Portugal had an excellent tournament", Fernando Santos says] (in Portuguese). TSF. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  30. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the 2017/18 Season". UEFA. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 

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