Martina Franko

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Martina Franko
Personal information
Full name Martina Marie Franko
Date of birth (1976-01-13) January 13, 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Los Altos, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Colorado College Tigers (45)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 California Storm 14 (15)
2003–2006 Surrey United 28 (40)
2003–2006 Vancouver Whitecaps 44 (30)
2009 Los Angeles Sol 10 (0)
2010– Vancouver Whitecaps 9 (1)
National team
2005–2009 Canada 55 (5)
Teams managed
2008– Quest University Canada
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:33, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:33, September 30, 2009 (UTC)

Martina Franko (born Martina Holan on January 13, 1976, in Los Altos, California) is a Canadian soccer defender who played for Vancouver Whitecaps.


Franko performs a versatile role, and can play as either a midfielder or forward. She has been a regular on Surrey United women's premier division team playing in the British Columbia based Metro Women's Soccer League for the past two years. The MWSL plays in the winter so no major conflict with summer leagues such as W-League.[1]

In her club career, Franko has won two W-League titles with the Vancouver Whitecaps, in 2004 and 2006.[2] After one year for Los Angeles Sol in the Women's Professional Soccer League turned on April 1, 2010 back to her former club Vancouver Whitecaps.[3]

International career[edit]

Franko won her first cap for Canada in 2005, aged 29. She scored her first goal on her second cap, against Germany, in a 4–3 loss.[2] At the 2007 Pan American Games, she helped the team achieve a bronze medal in the soccer competition;[2] later that year, she played in her first major, FIFA affiliated tournament with the Canada team, the 2007 World Cup, where she played all three group stage matches, scoring one goal, before the team was knocked out.[4] She also competed for the team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

She moved to Squamish, British Columbia, home of her husband John, in 2003.[5]

Her parents, Dana Holanová and Jaromír Holan, were the Czechoslovak national champions in ice dancing in the 1960s.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2008, Franko joined Quest University Canada as head coach of the varsity women's soccer team.[7]

Franko, also a Canadian National B licensed coach, served as an assistant coach for the Tigers during the 1998 season after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology.


  1. ^ Beijing Games Archived August 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c "Martina Franko profile". Canada Soccer. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Whitecaps women sign defensive trio Archived April 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Martina Franko profile". FIFA. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Soccer Profile Archived May 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Former Tiger competes in Olympics: Holan playing for Canada in Beijing
  7. ^ Quest Profile Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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