Manolo Martínez

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Manolo Martínez
Personal information
Full name Manuel Martínez Lara
Date of birth (1980-06-15) 15 June 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Bigastro, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gimnàstic
Number 6
Youth career
Hércules
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Hércules 118 (5)
2003–2007 Gimnàstic 77 (4)
2007–2010 Tenerife 111 (1)
2010–2013 Recreativo 89 (1)
2013–2014 Levadiakos 13 (0)
2014– Gimnàstic 36 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.

Manuel 'Manolo' Martínez Lara (born 15 June 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Gimnàstic de Tarragona mainly as a defensive midfielder but also as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Bigastro, Alicante, Valencian Community, Martínez started his professional career with local Hércules CF, as a central defender. After years spent almost exclusively in Segunda División B he had a brief spell in La Liga, playing three games for Gimnàstic de Tarragona and being released in the 2007 winter transfer window; his debut in the latter competition consisted of 55 minutes of a 1–2 home loss against Celta de Vigo, on 10 September 2006.[1]

Martínez then moved to CD Tenerife,[2] where he reconverted into a defensive midfielder, greatly helping the club return to the top division in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus. In the subsequent season he played more often than not in his secondary position – stopper – and his performances were overall poorer,[3] with the Canary Islands team being immediately relegated although it would only be certified in the last round against Valencia CF (0–1 away defeat).[4]

In July 2010, aged 30, Martínez did not renew his Tenerife contract and agreed a two-year deal with another club in Segunda División, Recreativo de Huelva.[5] On 10 July 2013 he moved abroad, joining Superleague Greece side Levadiakos FC.[6]

In February 2014, Martínez suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign. He returned to action in July,[7] and subsequently signed a one-year deal with Gimnàstic.[8]

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