João Baptista Martins

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João Martins
Personal information
Full name João Baptista Martins
Date of birth (1927-09-03)3 September 1927
Place of birth Sines, Portugal
Date of death 18 November 1993(1993-11-18) (aged 66)
Place of death Portugal
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
CUF Barreiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1959 Sporting CP 204 (133)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

João Baptista Martins (3 September 1927 – 18 November 1993) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a midfielder for CUF Barreiro and Sporting CP.

In 1955, he scored the first goal in the history of the European Cup (now UEFA Champions League). It was on 4 September, the first day of the first edition of the tournament. Sporting played FK Partizan, from Yugoslavia, at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon. Martins scored the opening goal of the match in the 14th minute; the game ended in a 3–3 draw.[1]


  1. ^ "Match report".

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