Josef Martínez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Mencia.
Josef Martínez
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Personal information
Full name Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia
Date of birth (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Valencia, Venezuela
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 17
Youth career
Caracas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Caracas 36 (8)
2012–2014 Young Boys 37 (5)
2013–2014 Thun (loan) 18 (8)
2014– Torino 26 (3)
National team
2011– Venezuela U20 4 (2)
2011– Venezuela 19 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 April 2015

Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia (born 19 May 1993) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Torino and the Venezuela national team.

Club career[edit]

Caracas[edit]

Martínez made his debut for Caracas on 21 August 2010 against Estudiantes de Mérida, entering as a substitute in the 70th minute, won 1–0. He scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Deportivo Petare on 21 November 2010.[1]

BSC Young Boys[edit]

On 3 January 2012 Caracas announced Martínez had been sold to BSC Young Boys in the Swiss Super League for a period of four years with fellow right-back Alexander Gonzalez. He debuted on 5 February 2012 against Servette FC, which the Young Boys won 3–1. After a string of good performances, Martínez was called up to the Venezuelan national team, as well as awarded his first start for Young Boys on 21 October 2012, in which he scored his first goal for the Swiss club with a volley in the 50th minute against Grasshopper Club Zürich.

Thun[edit]

After one season in the Swiss capital city, he was sent on loan to Thun. After scoring 8 goals in 18 games with the team from Bernese Oberland, he was momentarily the top scorer in the Swiss Super League and recalled by Young Boys.[2]

Torino[edit]

On 7 June 2014 Martínez transferred to Italian Serie A club Torino.[3] He debuted in the third round of the 2014–15 Europa League, won 3–0 against Sweden's Brommapojkarna.[4] He scored his first goal for the Granata in the return leg, won 4–0 in Turin (7–0 on agg.).[5] On 7 December 2014 Martínez scored his first goal in Serie A in a 2–2 draw with Palermo.[6] Four days later, he scored his first brace in the Europa League against Copenhagen, which ended 1–5 in favour of Torino.

International career[edit]

Martínez made his international debut on 7 August 2011 against El Salvador, coming on as a 76th minute sub.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 December 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caracas 2010–11 21 4 - - 7 1 28 5
2011–12 15 4 - - 0 0 15 4
Total 36 8 0 0 7 1 43 9
Young Boys 2011–12 11 0 0 0 - - 11 0
2012–13 8 1 1 0 - - 9 1
Total 19 1 1 1 0 0 20 1
FC Thun 2013–14 18 8 3 1 11 1 32 10
Total 18 8 3 1 11 1 32 10
Torino 2014–15 25 3 6 1 9 3 40 7
Total Career 78 18 4 2 27 5 135 27

International[edit]

Venezuela national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 2
2015 2 1
Total 14 3

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 22 May 2013 Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela  El Salvador 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 14 August 2013 Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela  Bolivia 1–0 2–2 Friendly
3. 31 March 2015 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, USA  Peru 1–0 1–0 Friendly

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