Marcelo Martins Moreno

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Marcelo Moreno
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Moreno playing for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Martins Moreno
Date of birth (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Wuhan Zall
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2004 Oriente Petrolero
2004–2005 Vitória
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Vitória 30 (12)
2007–2008 Cruzeiro 14 (7)
2008–2011 Shakhtar Donetsk 32 (7)
2009 Werder Bremen (loan) 5 (0)
2010 Wigan Athletic (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2015 Grêmio 28 (10)
2013–2014 Flamengo (loan) 16 (2)
2014–2015 Cruzeiro (loan) 32 (15)
2015–2016 Changchun Yatai 53 (22)
2017– Wuhan Zall 5 (3)
National team
2005 Brazil U18
2007– Bolivia 63 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2017

Marcelo Martins Moreno (born 18 June 1987 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia), known as Marcelo Martins or Marcelo Moreno, is a Bolivian professional footballer who plays as a striker for China League One club Wuhan Zall and the Bolivia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Martins began his career at Vitória, becoming first choice in 2006, at the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. He scored 12 goals in the competition, four less than the top goalscorer. In the middle of 2007, he moved to Cruzeiro, becoming first choice only in the next year, when he scored 8 goals at the Copa Libertadores, being the top goalscorer, alongside Salvador Cabañas.

On 27 May 2008, he signed a five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian club agreed to pay €9 million for the player.[1] On 29 May 2009, unable to establish himself in Donetsk, Martins joined German club Werder Bremen on loan.[2] Bremen had initially attempted to sign Martins the previous summer, but the player opted for Shakhtar. On 29 January 2010, Bremen terminated his contract and he returned to Shakhtar Donetsk.[3] At 16:44 on the final day of the transfer window, a six-month loan deal between Shakhtar and Wigan was agreed to take the player to the Premier League. He signed for Wigan Athletic on 1 February on loan.[4][5] After returning to Shakhtar as a reserve, Martins was negotiated with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense and signed with the Brazilian team for a five-year contract starting in 2012.[6] He was then loaned to Flamengo in 2013 season and Cruzeiro in 2014 season.

In February 2015, Martins transferred to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.[7]

International career[edit]

Born in Bolivia to a Brazilian father (Mauro Martins, former footballer) and Bolivian mother, Marcelo Martins has played for the Brazilian U-18 and U-20 sides at the youth level, becoming the first foreign player to be part of it and the fifth foreign player to wear the Brazilian National Team's shirt in an official match, but chose to play for the Bolivian senior national team as a professional.[8]

Due to his success playing for Cruzeiro, he received his first call-up for a friendly match against Peru on 12 September 2007. Martins scored his first international goal on 20 November 2007, during a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Venezuela. He was also one of the goalscorers in Bolivia's 6–1 victory over Diego Maradona's Argentina on 1 April 2009. On 26 March 2013, he scored a goal in the 1-1 draw against Argentina.

Martins was included in the Bolivia squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. On 15 June, he scored the decisive goal in the team's second group match – a 3–2 defeat of Ecuador – to give El Verde its first win at the Copa América since the 1997 tournament.[9] He was Bolivia's top scorer at the tournament with two goals, and also being the only one to score on the knockout stages as Bolivia lost to Peru 1-3 in the quarter-finals. He announced his retirement from the national squad on 15 September 2015 together with Ronald Raldes, then captain, claiming divergences with head coach Julio Cesar Baldivieso.[10]

He returned to the national squad in 2016 after Guillermo Ángel Hoyos replaced Baldivieso.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 October 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental State League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória 2005 -
2006 30 12 - 30 12
2007 -
Cruzeiro 2007 13 6 - - 1 0 - - 14 6
2008 1 1 8 6 10 8 - - 19 15
Shakhtar 2008–09 14 2 1 1 6 0 - - 21 3
Werder Bremen 2009–10 5 0 4 2 4 1 - - 13 3
Wigan Athletic 2009–10 12 0 - - - - - - 12 0
Shakhtar 2010–11 18 5 2 2 3 0 - - 23 7
2011–12 - - 1 1 1 0 - - 2 1
Grêmio 2012 28 10 8 3 5 1 16 9 57 23
2013 - - - - 3 0 2 0 5 0
Flamengo 2013 16 2 4 2 - - - - 20 4
Cruzeiro 2014 32 15 5 4 4 0 9 4 50 23
Changchun Yatai 2015 24 9 0 0 - - - - 24 9
2016 29 13 0 0 - - - - 29 13
Career Total 196 66 33 21 37 10 27 13 293 110

International[edit]

Bolivia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 2
2008 8 3
2009 6 2
2010 1 1
2011 12 2
2012 6 0
2013 9 2
2014 3 0
2015 6 2
2016 6 0
2017 2 1
Total 63 15

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bolivia's goal tally first.[12]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2007-11-20 Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela  Venezuela
1–0
3–5
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2.
3–2
3. 2008-06-18 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Paraguay
4–2
4–2
4. 2008-10-14  Uruguay
1–0
2–2
5.
2–0
6. 2009-04-01  Argentina
1–0
6–1
7. 2009-10-11  Brazil
2–0
2–1
8. 2010-10-07 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia  Venezuela
1–3
1–3
Friendly
9. 2011-10-07 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay
2–4
2–4
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 2011-11-11 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina
1–0
1–1
11. 2013-03-26 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia
1–0
1–1
12. 2013-06-11 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile  Chile
1–2
1–3
13. 2015-06-15 Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaíso, Chile  Ecuador
3–0
3–2
2015 Copa América
14. 2015-06-25 Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco, Chile  Peru
1–3
1–3
15. 2017-03-28 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Argentina
2–0
2–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vitória
Cruzeiro
Shakhtar Donetsk
Werder Bremen
Flamengo

Individual[edit]

Cruzeiro

References[edit]

External links[edit]