Román Martínez (footballer)
Martínez playing with Espanyol in 2009
|Full name||Román Fernando Martínez|
|Date of birth||27 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Morón, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2006–2008||→ Tigre (loan)||70||(9)|
|2009–2010||→ Tenerife (loan)||23||(5)|
|2010–2011||→ Tigre (loan)||24||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2017.
Born in Morón, Buenos Aires, Martínez started his playing career with local Club Deportivo Morón in 2000. After several seasons playing in the third division, he joined Arsenal de Sarandí of the top level.
In 2006, Martínez dropped down to division two to play for Club Atlético Tigre, but gained promotion in his first season. The Apertura 2007 was the club's first year in the main division since 1980, and the player appeared in nearly all of the team's games helping to a final second-place finish, the highest in their history.
For the 2008–09 campaign, Martínez signed with Spain's RCD Espanyol. On 13 December 2008 he scored his first goal for the Catalans, in a 1–2 loss in Valencia CF. Benefitting heavily from Iván de la Peña's constant injury problems, he featured regularly, and netted in three consecutive wins in late April/early May 2009, all as a substitute: Sporting de Gijón (3–0), Real Betis (2–0) and again Valencia (3–0, finding the net after just two minutes).
Martínez was subsequently loaned for one season to CD Tenerife, which had returned to La Liga after seven years. In an irregular campaign, where he alternated starts with the bench, he scored four of his five league goals in the last seven matches – which granted the team six points, after wins against Gijón and Racing de Santander– but the Canary Islands side was finally relegated.
- "Valencia 2–1 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Sporting Gijon 0–3 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Espanyol 2–0 Real Betis". ESPN Soccernet. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Espanyol 3–0 Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Mercado: La cesión de Román Martínez al Tenerife, a punto de oficializarse" [Market: Román Martínez loan to Tenerife, about to become official] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Alfaro seals important win". ESPN Soccernet. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Tenerife grind out vital win". ESPN Soccernet. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Román Martínez regresa a Tigre" [Martínez returns to Tigre] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.