Juan Manuel Martínez
|Full name||Juan Manuel Martínez|
|Date of birth||October 25, 1985|
|Place of birth||Viedma, Río Negro, Argentina|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Second striker / Winger|
|Real Salt Lake|
|2005–2006||→ Argentinos Jrs. (loan)||13||(1)|
|2007||→ Cúcuta Deportivo (loan)||9||(2)|
|2007–2008||→ Al-Shabab (loan)||15||(3)|
|2015–||Real Salt Lake||20||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2016.
Juan Manuel Martínez (born October 25, 1985), nicknamed Burrito (in English, "Little Donkey"), is an Argentine football forward who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. He also holds a Portuguese passport. Martínez is best known for his agility, pace on the ball and brilliant dribbling skills.
Martínez made his professional debut for Vélez Sársfield on October 1, 2003, in a 2–1 win over Talleres de Córdoba, for the Clausura tournament. Later, he was part of the 2005 Clausura winning squad, playing 13 games and scoring 1 goal. The goal he scored was Vélez's first in that championship, in the fourth match day victory over Lanús (2–1).
After his first period at Vélez, Martínez was loaned to Argentinos Juniors. With his new team, he played 10 games during the 2005 Apertura, suffering a knee injury in the 11th fixture that left him out for almost the entire rest of the season. He returned for the last game of the 2006 Clausura, coming on as a substitute on a 1–0 victory over Colón.
In 2007, after a half-a-year period back at Vélez, Martínez was loaned to Colombian club Cúcuta Deportivo. With the team, he was part of the Copa Libertadores semifinalist campaign. Subsequently, he spent the 2007–08 season on loan at Al-Shabab Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Martínez returned to Vélez Sársfield for the 2008–09 Argentine Primera División season. Upon his return, he won the Argentine league for the second time, by being part of the 2009 Clausura squad. The forward played 9 games and scored 1 goal during the tournament (against Colón in a 4–2 away win, helping the team come back from a 0–2). He ended the tournament as a starter after replacing injured Jonathan Cristaldo for the last two games, against Lanús and Huracán, which defined the championship.
The 2010 Apertura was Martínez' best season with Vélez. Up until that tournament, he had scored 6 goals in 91 league games for the club, and had never been a regular starter. However, in that Apertura he started in all 19 games, scoring 10 goals. He also achieved his first hat-trick in Argentina, in Vélez' 6–0 victory over Colón in the 10th fixture. Moreover, his last goal of the championship, in the 2–0 away victory over Racing, was defined by various sources as "Maradona styled". Martínez dribbled with the ball from behind the half-way line, passing 6 rival players in the process, to finally beat the opposing goalkeeper. His team finished the tournament as runner-up to Estudiantes de La Plata.
Due to his performances throughout 2010, Martínez was selected by the Argentine Sports Journalists Circle as the best player of the Argentine league for that year, therefore sharing the Footballer of the Year of Argentina award with Lionel Messi (best Argentine playing abroad). In January 2011, the striker renewed his contract with Vélez until June 2013.
In 2012, after Corinthians won the 2012 Copa Libertadores they hired Juan Manuel Martínez, however he did not feature regularly for team. He entered for a few minutes in the match against Chelsea F.C. in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.
Martínez joined Boca Juniors in January 2013. The beginning of the 2015 season saw Martínez injured for much of the time and fallen down the squad depth chart due to the loan signing of Dani Osvaldo and subsequent arrival of Carlos Tevez. By early July Martínez wanted to contribute to the squad but found it increasingly difficult to do so. With Tevez's return to Boca being the final straw, he approached the Boca front office and asked for his contract to be rescinded. Martínez trained with Vélez Sarsfield as he worked to sign with a new club during the summer of 2015.
In November 2010, Martínez was called to take part in the Argentine national team that will solely consist of Argentine League players. They will train twice a week and have friendly matches leading up to the 2011 Copa América.
The striker received his first call-up by coach Sergio Batista on January 25, 2011, for a friendly match against Portugal. He was brought down in the penalty area during injury time to win a penalty for his side from which Messi scored the winner.
International appearances and goals
|1.||9 February 2011||Geneva, Switzerland||Portugal||2–1||0||Win||Friendly|
|2.||14 September 2011||Córdoba, Argentina||Brazil||0–0||0||Draw||2011 Superclásico de las Américas.|
|3.||19 September 2012||Goiânia, Brazil||Brazil||1–2||1||Loss||2012 Superclásico de las Américas|
|4.||21 November 2012||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Brazil||2–1||0||Win||2012 Superclásico de las Américas|
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|Argentinos Juniors (loan)||2005–06||13||1||-||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||1||-|
|Real Salt Lake||2015||8||1||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||10||2||1|
- Vélez Sársfield
- Footballer of the Year of Argentina (1): 2010
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