Javier Martina

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Javier Martina
Personal information
Full name Javier Sylvester Martina
Date of birth (1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
A.V.V. Zeeburgia
Youth career
1999–2001 SV Bijlmer
2001–2003 Amstelveen Heemraad
2003–2005 FC Omniworld
2005–2008 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Ajax 2 (0)
2010 HFC Haarlem (loan) 1 (0)
2011 Toronto FC 23 (2)
2012–2013 FC Dordrecht 9 (0)
2013–2015 Rijnsburgse Boys 44 (2)
2015–2016 VVA '71
2016 SV Nieuw Utrecht
2016– AVV Zeeburgia
National team
2004–2006 Netherlands U19 10 (0)
2006–2008 Netherlands U20 11 (2)
2011 Curaçao 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 July 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 August 2011

Javier Sylvester Martina (born 1 February 1987) is a Curaçaoan-Dutch footballer who plays as a winger for A.V.V. Zeeburgia in the Dutch Hoofdklasse, and for the Curaçao national team.

Club career[edit]


Born in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles (now known as Curaçao), Martina began his career with SV Bijlmer (Amsterdam, Netherlands). After two years, he joined Amstelveen Heemraad in the summer of 2001. In July 2003, he left Amsteleen Heemraad to sign for FC Omniworld, from where he was scouted by Jong AFC Ajax in the summer of 2005.[1]

He played three years for the AFC Ajax youth team, before he was promoted to the Eredivisie team in June 2008.[2] The highly rated right winger made his official Ajax debut in the 2008 season in a 2–0 Eredivisie win against Twente. Martina started the match and assisted on his club's first goal of the match.[3] In Summer 2009, he was linked with a move to Italian side Bari.[4] In January 2010 he was sent on loan to HFC Haarlem playing only one game before the team went bankrupt. He returned to Jong Ajax before he was released in the summer of 2010.

After being released by Ajax, Martina continued to train with Ajax and went on trial with Zwolle[citation needed] after manager Art Langeler saw Martina can play in wings and was keen to sign him[citation needed]. Martina went on trial with Willem II, hoping to win a contract[citation needed]. But on 4 January, Martina ended a trial with Willem II[citation needed].


In January 2011, Martina joined Canadian club Toronto FC of Major League Soccer on trial for their pre-season in Antalya, Turkey.[5] On 15 February 2011 it was reported that he had agreed to terms with the Canadian club.[6] However it was not officially announced by the Canadian club until 9 March 2011. Martina was one of three Dutch players signed by Toronto, both Nick Soolsma and Elbekay Bouchiba also joined the club.[7] Martina made his debut for the team on 19 March 2011 versus Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first all Canadian match-up in the league.[8] One week later during the second game of the season Martina scored two goals against Portland, leading Toronto to a 2–0 home victory.[9] Martina's second goal of the match was a one touch volley direct from goalkeeper Stefan Frei, which earned him MLS Goal of the Week honours.[10] Throughout the rest of the season, Martina was soon less successful and failed to make an impact as he went to make 21 appearance.

Martina was waived by Toronto on 23 November 2011.[11]

Return to Netherlands[edit]

Ahead of a new season in 2012/13, Martina desire to continued his career in Eerste Divisie, by playing for Dordrecht and was signed for them on 22 August 2012, with a one-year contract.[12] Martina made his debut on 1 October 2012, coming on as a substitute, in a 3–0 win over Helmond Sport.

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Netherlands U-20 team at the 2007 Toulon Tournament.[13] Martina was called up by his country of birth, Curaçao for 2014 World Cup qualifying in September 2011[14]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Cuco is also a footballer.[15]


  1. ^ Clubs uit de markt voor Martina
  2. ^ Martina blijft voorlopig bij Ajax
  3. ^ Martina set to leave Ajax
  4. ^ "Ajacied Martina krijgt uitzicht op Serie A" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Reds Reveal Trialists". TorontoFC.ca. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Coach Winter brings three Dutch to Canada (in Dutch:Trainer Winter haalt drie Nederlanders naar Canada)" (in Dutch). Nu.nl sports. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "TFC Inks Dutch Trio". Toronto FC. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Toronto Falls Short in Vancouver". Toronto FC. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Martina Brace Leads The Way". Toronto FC. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Martina's blast wins AT&T Goal of the Week". Major League Soccer. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Players waived as teams begin to shape rosters for 2012". MLS Page. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Javier Martina draw at FC Dordrecht(in :Javier Martina draw at FC Dordrecht)" (in Dutch). De Weekkrant. 23 August 2012. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Martina naar België of Australië
  14. ^ "Four Reds Called For World Cup Qualifiers". Toronto FC. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "IN PROFILE: Cuco Martina". Southampton F.C. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 

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