Iñigo Martínez

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Iñigo Martínez
Inigo Martinez 2015.jpg
Martínez playing with Real Sociedad in 2015
Personal information
Full name Iñigo Martínez Berridi
Date of birth (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Ondarroa, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 4
Youth career
Aurrerá Ondarroa
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Real Sociedad B 54 (2)
2011–2018 Real Sociedad 205 (16)
2018– Athletic Bilbao 16 (0)
National team
2011 Spain U20 1 (0)
2011–2013 Spain U21 15 (0)
2012 Spain U23 4 (0)
2013– Spain 5 (0)
2011– Basque Country 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:15, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2018

Iñigo Martínez Berridi (Basque: [iɲiɣo maɾtines̻ beriði]; Spanish: [ˈiɲiɣo maɾˈtineθ βeˈriði]; born 17 May 1991) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Real Sociedad, playing 238 matches (17 goals scored) across all competitions after making his debut at the age of 20.

Club career[edit]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Born in Ondarroa, Biscay, Martínez joined Real Sociedad's youth ranks from local CD Aurrerá Ondarroa.[1] He made his senior debut in the 2009–10 season, helping the B-team promote from the fourth division after one year out by contributing with 23 games and one goal.

On 27 August 2011, Martínez made his first-team – and La Liga – debut with the Basques, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against Sporting de Gijón.[2] On 2 October he scored his first league goal, netting from inside his own half in an eventual 1–2 home loss to Athletic Bilbao, in a derby.[3]

Martínez scored his third league goal in the same fashion, in a 3–2 win at Real Betis on 27 November (in the 90th minute).[4] He continued to be an automatic first-choice in the following top flight campaigns, notably helping the club return to the UEFA Champions League after 21 years in 2012–13 by netting four times[5][6][7][8] in 34 games.

On 26 April 2016, Martínez signed a new five-year deal with Real Sociedad.[9]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 30 January 2018, Martínez signed with Athletic Bilbao for €32 million (his contractual release clause amount and a record outlay for the buying club) on a deal until 2023.[10][11] The fee was around half of the figure received the same day for the player he replaced in the Athletic squad, Aymeric Laporte, who had moved to Manchester City.[12] He made his debut on 4 February, playing the entirety of a 0–2 domestic league defeat away to Girona FC.[13]

International career[edit]

Martínez made his debut for the Spain under-21 team in 2011. In the following year, he was picked by manager Luis Milla for his squad that appeared in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London:[14]in the first game against Japan, he was sent off late into the first half for bringing down Kensuke Nagai thus denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, in an eventual 0–1 loss.[15]

Martínez made his debut with the full side on 14 August 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Ramos in a 2–0 friendly win over Ecuador.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2018[17][18]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad B 2009–10 Tercera División 23 1 23 1
2010–11 Segunda División B 31 1 31 1
Total 54 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 54 2
Real Sociedad 2011–12 La Liga 26 3 2 0 28 3
2012–13 La Liga 34 4 1 0 35 4
2013–14 La Liga 35 2 5 0 7[N 1] 0 47 2
2014–15 La Liga 34 2 3 0 4[N 2] 0 41 2
2015–16 La Liga 30 1 1 0 31 1
2016–17 La Liga 34 3 6 1 40 4
2017–18 La Liga 12 1 1 0 3[N 3] 0 16 1
Total 205 16 19 1 14 0 0 0 238 17
Athletic Bilbao 2017–18 La Liga 16 0 16 0
Career total 275 18 19 1 14 0 0 0 208 19
Notes

International[edit]

As of 8 September 2018[22]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
2016 2 0
2018 1 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zubieta garantiza un futuro prometedor" [Zubieta guarantees a promising future]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 16 June 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Agirretxe at the double for Sociedad; ESPN Soccernet, 27 August 2011
  3. ^ Llorente at the double for Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2011
  4. ^ Martinez lifts Sociedad; ESPN Soccernet, 27 November 2011
  5. ^ "La Real Sociedad logra la segunda victoria de la temporada" [Real Sociedad get second win of season] (in Spanish). EITB. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Espectacular empate entre la Real Sociedad y el Betis" [Spectacular draw between Real Sociedad and Betis]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 3 March 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Málaga CF defeated at the Anoeta (4–2)". Málaga CF. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Remontada de Champions" [Champions comeback] (in Spanish). EITB. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  9. ^ ""Dudé, pero la Real me demostró ver que estaba equivocado"" ["I hesitated , but Real showed me the error of my ways"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 26 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Iñigo Martínez signing". Athletic Bilbao. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Athletic Bilbao sign Inigo Martinez to replace Aymeric Laporte". Goal. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Aymeric Laporte: Manchester City sign French defender for club-record £57m". BBC Sport. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Stuani castiga al Athletic y el Girona ya aspira a Europa" [Stuani punishes Athletic and Girona already aspire to Europe]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 4 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  14. ^ "Euro 2012 trio Mata, Alba & Martinez in Spain Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: men's football, Spain 0–1 Japan – as it happened". The Guardian. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Taconeo ante Ecuador" [Taconeo against Ecuador]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Iñigo Martínez: Iñigo Martínez Berridi". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  18. ^ Iñigo Martínez at Soccerway
  19. ^ "Iñigo Martínez". European Football. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 

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