Walter Martínez (footballer)

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Walter Martínez
Walter Martínez San Jose Earthquakes.jpg
Martínez in 2013
Personal information
Full name Walter Julián Martínez Ramos
Date of birth (1982-03-28)28 March 1982
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Date of death 11 August 2019(2019-08-11) (aged 37)
Place of death New York City, United States
Playing position Striker, midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Victoria 53 (9)
2004 Marathón 29 (3)
2005–2006 Vida 8 (3)
2006 Marathón 18 (9)
2007–2008 Beijing Guoan 44 (14)
2009 Alavés 3 (0)
2009–2010 Marathón 36 (12)
2010–2011 Beijing Guoan 37 (13)
2012 Chongqing 29 (3)
2013 San Jose Earthquakes 15 (2)
2014–2015 Club Xelajú MC 18 (3)
2015 Marathón 16 (2)
2015 FAS 20[1] (6)
2016–2017 Marathón
2018 Beijing Guoan
National team
2002–2011 Honduras 49 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Walter Julián Martínez Ramos (28 March 1982 – 11 August 2019) was a Honduran professional footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Martínez started his professional career at Victoria and made his debut on 25 November 2000 against Deportes Savio.[2] He also played for Vida in La Ceiba, and Marathón in San Pedro Sula.

On 27 January 2007, Diario Deportivo Diez confirmed that he would play for Beijing Guoan of China, where he would play four seasons over two separate spells. In July 2010 he was presented there for his second stint.[3]

In January 2011, Martínez became the 11th Honduran footballer in the Spanish league after joining Alavés.[4]

After his contract with Chongqing ended, Martínez had a trial with Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids in January 2013[5] and D.C. United in February 2013.[6] On 15 March 2013, Martínez signed with the San Jose Earthquakes.

International career[edit]

Martínez made his debut for Honduras in a November 2002 friendly match against Colombia and has earned a total of 49 caps, scoring 12 goals. He has represented his country in 8 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[7] and played in all three of his country's games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also played at the 2003[8] and 2009 UNCAF Nations Cups[9] and the 2011 Copa Centroamericana,[10] as well as at the 2009[11] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[12]

Death[edit]

On 11 August 2019, Martínez died in New York City due to cardiovascular disease.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ceroacero.es/player.php?id=71638
  2. ^ Desafíe a Ismael – La Prensa (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Walter Martínez regresa al Beijing Guoan – Diez (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Peri Martínez cambió la agenda del Alavés – Fútbol de Honduras (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Honduran forward Walter 'Pery' Martinez on trial with Rapids – Colorado Rapids
  6. ^ Walter Martínez entrenará con el DC United – Diez (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Walter MartínezFIFA competition record
  8. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2003 – Details – RSSSF
  9. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2009 – Details – RSSSF
  10. ^ UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2011 – Details – RSSSF
  11. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2009 – Full Details – RSSSF
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 – Full Details – RSSSF
  13. ^ "Falleció el ex seleccionado hondureño Walter Pery Martínez". AS USA (in Spanish). 11 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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