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Javier Martínez
  • Full Name: Javi Martínez
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Birthday: September 2, 1988 (Age: 25)
  • Club: Bayern Munich
  • Height: 6' 3" (1.91m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
1 25 0 0 0

Javi Martínez

Another gem in the overstocked Spanish midfield, Martinez joined Bilbao for €6 million from Osasuna in 2006 and he has emerged as a mainstay of their midfield in the years since.

Having started his career as a 10-year-old, he made his professional bow for Osasuna B back in 2005, netting twice in 32 games. Emerging as a powerful central midfielder, he moved on to Bilbao in the summer of 2006 and soon became a regular in the side - totting up an impressive 35 games for the club in the 2006-07 season.

Continuing to shine, Martinez helped Bilbao reach a Copa del Rey final and he was rewarded with the 2010 award for 'Breakthrough Player in La Liga'. A World Cup triumph followed (albeit one in which he only made one sub appearance) but he was at his devasting best as he led the U-21s to European glory the following year.

Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a move for Martinez, and a transfer to one of Europe's elite does not look far away.

Strengths: A tough-tackler and comfortable on the ball he can start an attack as well as break up those of the opposition. At 6' 3'' he is also an aerial threat.

Weaknesses: Can be a little hot-headed and can always work on his positioning.

Career high: Played a bit-part role in winning the 2010 World Cup but led the Spanish U-21 side to glory at the European Championships in 2011 with a series of commanding performances.

Career low: Helping Bilbao to their first Copa del Rey final in 25 years, they were battered 4-1 by Barcelona in 2008-09.

Style: Powerful, strong, commanding, a leader in the middle of midfield.

Quotes: "I feel very well here, Athletic is my club, there is a great working environment and so I'm not leaving now." Javi Martinez, November 2011.

Trivia: He was born in Pamplona - the town in Navarre famed for its bull run.

Euro 2012

Opposition APP G ASS SH TAR FC FS YEL RED
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0