Gilberto Martínez

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Gilberto Martínez
Personal information
Full name Gilberto Martínez Vidal
Date of birth (1979-10-01) October 1, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Golfito, Costa Rica
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Right back, Centre back
Club information
Current team
Audace Cerignola[1]
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Saprissa 68 (0)
2002–2012 Brescia 218 (1)
2006–2007 Roma (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Sampdoria (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2015 Lecce 55 (0)
2015 Monza 15 (0)
2015–2016 Nardò
2016– Audace Cerignola
National team
2001–2011 Costa Rica 61 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2016.

Gilberto Martínez Vidal (born October 1, 1979 in Golfito, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Audace Cerignola.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Saprissa[edit]

Born in the Pacific Coast town of Golfito, Martínez made his professional debut for Deportivo Saprissa on 19 January 2000 in a 4-0 win over Cartaginés.[2] His performances in the domestic league and Nigeria's Football World Youth Championship soon earned him a place on the Costa Rican national team. Martínez quickly established himself there as well, becoming one of the most wanted and loved from the fans. He started all three of the team's games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and his performances were well regarded.

Brescia Calcio[edit]

Due to his World Cup performances, Brescia purchased him from Deportivo Saprissa on September 15 of the same year. In his initial seasons with Brescia, Martínez established himself as a mainstay in the rondinelle defense line. However, an ankle injury he suffered during the 2006 FIFA World Cup limited him in the following seasons; he spent the whole 2006–07 season on loan to Roma, but failed to make an impact as he failed to recover from his injury. He returned to Brescia at the start of the 2007–08 season without having made a single appearance for the Rome-based club.[3] He ultimately made his playing comeback in the 2008–09 season, confirming himself once again as a key player for his club, then in Serie B.

In February 2011 he was loaned to Sampdoria.[4]

In January 2013, Martínez joined Lecce.[5]

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Costa Rica League Cup League Cup North America Total
1999-00 Deportivo Saprissa 11 0
2000-01 26 0
2001-02 31 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Brescia Serie A 34 0
2003–04 30 0
2004–05 33 1
2005–06 Serie B 35 0
2006–07 Roma Serie A 0 0
2007–08 Brescia Serie B 0 0
2008–09 30 0
2009–10 14 0
2010–11 Brescia Serie A 19 0
2010–11 Sampdoria Serie A 9 0
2011–12 Brescia Serie B 23 0
Total Costa Rica 68 0
Italy 227 1
Career total 295 1

International career[edit]

He was part of Costa Rica's national team in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Nigeria.[6]

Nicknamed Tuma, Martínez made his debut for Costa Rica in a January 2001 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Guatemala and earned a total of 61 caps, scoring no goals.[7] He represented his country in 26 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.[6] He also played at the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup[8] as well as at the 2002[9] and 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[10]

He also played at the 2001 Copa América.[11]

His final international was a March 2011 friendly match against Argentina.


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