Corentin Martins

Corentin da Silva Martins (born 11 July 1969) is a French former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and the current manager of the Mauritania national team.

Corentin Martins
Personal information
Full name Corentin da Silva Martins[1]
Date of birth (1969-07-11) 11 July 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Brest, France
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mauritania (coach)
Youth career
Patronage Bergot
AS Brestoise
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Brest 85 (4)
1991–1996 Auxerre 187 (42)
1996–1997 Deportivo La Coruña 36 (13)
1998–2004 Strasbourg 170 (21)
1999–2000Bordeaux (loan) 30 (0)
2004 Clermont 2 (0)
Total 520 (80)
National team
1988 Brittany indoor
1993–1997 France 14 (1)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Quimpérois
2008 Brest (caretaker)
2008–2013 Brest (assistant)
2012 Brest (caretaker)
2013 Brest (caretaker)
2014– Mauritania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit


Martins was born in Brest, Brittany of Portuguese descent.[2] After starting at hometown's Stade Brestois 29, he moved to AJ Auxerre in 1991, being a crucial part of an emergent side led by legendary Guy Roux; in 1992–93 they reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals[3] and, four years later, achieved an historical double.[4]

On 30 May 1996, Martins signed with Deportivo de La Coruña from Spain.[5] After an impressive first season in La Liga he lost his importance in the squad due to injuries,[6] and returned in January 1998 to France, joining RC Strasbourg for one and a half years[7] and winning the 2001 edition of the Coupe de France after defeating Amiens SC on penalties.[8]

After a loan to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Martins rejoined Strasbourg until 2004, and closed out his career with Clermont Foot.


Martins earned his first cap for France on 27 March 1993, in a 1–0 win against Austria. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996 and made a total of 14 appearances, but his international career was vastly undermined by the emergence of Zinedine Zidane.[9]

Coaching careerEdit

Martins started his managerial career in 2006, with lowly Quimper Cornouaille FC. In the following year he was named his first club's director of football, but had a brief spell as interim coach in the beginnings of the 2008–09 campaign; he subsequently stayed on the bench, now as an assistant for the Ligue 2 team.[10]

During 2011–12 and 2012–13, Martins acted as caretaker for Brest as a replacement for sacked Alex Dupont[11] and Landry Chauvin, respectively.[12] After managing to avert top flight relegation in the former season, he lost all eight matches he was in charge in the latter, with the subsequent 20th position in the table and relegation.[13]

On 8 October 2014, Martins was appointed manager of Mauritania.[14] In January 2019, he extended his contract until 2021.[15]


  1. ^ "Entreprise SCI Aston à Brest (29200)" [Company SCI Aston in Brest (29200)]. Figaro Entreprises (in French). Société du Figaro. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
    "Corentin da Silva Martins". BFM Business (in French). Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Avant Portugal-France: ces Bleus qui ont la Seleçao dans le coeur" [Before Portugal-France: these Blues that have the Seleçao in their heart] (in French). Eurosport. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ Auxerre-Ajax: souvenirs, souvenirs (Auxerre-Ajax: memories, memories); Europe 1, 2 November 2010 (in French)
  4. ^ Un jour, une histoire, un club: AJ Auxerre (One day, one history, one club: AJ Auxerre)[permanent dead link]; L'Actu Sport, 19 December 2015 (in French)
  5. ^ Martins piropea a su nuevo club (Martins flirts with his new club); Mundo Deportivo, 30 May 1996 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Qué fue de… Corentin Martins: acento francés en Riazor (What happened to… Corentin Martins: French accent in Riazor); 20 minutos, 1 December 2004 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Corentin Martins pone fin a su carrera deportiva (Corentin Martins ends sporting career) Archived 17 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine; La Voz de Galicia, 28 September 2004 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Strasbourg 0–0 Amiens" (in French). L'Équipe. 26 May 2001. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ Frédéric Johansen, l’espoir brisé de la génération Zidane (Frédéric Johansen, the broken promise of generation Zidane); beIN Sports, 7 September 2015 (in French)
  10. ^ Ligue 2. Stade brestois: Martins va être licencié (Ligue 2. Stade brestois: Martins will be fired); Ouest-France, 27 September 2013 (in French)
  11. ^ Martins, le pari risqué (Martins, quite a gamble); L'Équipe, 26 April 2012 (in French)
  12. ^ Brest: Corentin Martins (encore) à la rescousse (Brest: Corentin Martins (again) to the rescue) Archived 31 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Eurosport, 3 April 2013 (in French)
  13. ^ Foot – L1 – Brest – Leur mission est impossible (Foot – L1 – Brest – Mission impossible for them) Archived 17 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Yahoo Sports, 11 May 2013 (in French)
  14. ^ Mauritania appoint Corentin Martins as coach; BBC Sport, 8 October 2014
  15. ^ Fajah Barrie, Mohamed (12 January 2019). "Mauritania coach Corentin Martins extends contract until 2021". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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