Julio Martínez (journalist)

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Julio Martínez Prádanos (Temuco, Chile, June 23, 1923 – Santiago, Chile, January 2, 2008) was a Chilean sports commentator specializing in football who had a long career in the written press, radio and television. He won the 1995 Premio Nacional de Periodismo de Chile (Chilean National Journalism Prize), awarded by the Chilean Ministry of Education. He belongs to a generation of ever-lasting emblematic Chilean sports commentators, along with Sergio Livingstone, Pedro Carcuro, Alberto Fullioux, Nestor Isella and Milton Millas.

Martínez died of terminal prostate cancer on January 2, 2008, after years of failing health.



  • 1982: The football club Julio Martínez was established in Rancagua.
  • 1987: In the remodeling of the Estadio Santa Laura in Santiago, the press gallery is named after the journalist.
  • 2005: A gym in the commune of Cerro Navia in Santiago is named after the commentator.


  • January 4, 2008:
    • The calle Santa Laura in Santiago is renamed calle Julio Martínez Prádanos by decision of the Municipalidad of Independencia.
    • The Government of Chile proposed that the Estadio Nacional de Chile be renamed the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos. The calle Santa Laura was also renamed after him.[1]


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