Eulogio Martínez

Eulogio Martínez Ramiro (born 11 June 1935 in Asunción, Paraguay, died 30 September 1984 in Barcelona, Spain) was a Paraguayan-Spaniard footballer who played as a striker. He played for the Spanish side FC Barcelona in the 1950s and 1960s, and is remembered for being a prolific striker with an excellent finishing ability.

Eulogio Martínez
Personal information
Full name Eulogio Martínez Ramiro
Date of birth (1935-06-11)11 June 1935
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death 30 September 1984(1984-09-30) (aged 49)
Place of death Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1956 Libertad
1956–1962 Barcelona 111 (62)
1962–1964 Elche 39 (7)
1964–1965 Atlético Madrid 2 (0)
1965–1966 Europa 10 (3)
National team
1954–1955 Paraguay 9 (4)
1958 Spain B 1 (0)
1959–1962 Spain 8 (6)
1956 Catalan XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He was reputed to be the creator of the "Martinez Turn", which can be seen on Movietone footage of Barcelona's quarter-final match against Wolves in the 1959–60 European Cup. This move later received worldwide acclaim as the "Cruyff Turn" and although Johan Cruyff was at Barcelona when he demonstrated it in the 1974 World Cup, Martinez has never received any credit despite using it at least 14 years earlier.

Club careerEdit

Years at BarcelonaEdit

After leading Club Libertad to a Paraguayan League title in 1955, Martínez drew the attention of FC Barcelona who eventually signed him in 1956. Martínez soon showcased his talent in Barcelona by leading the team in scoring in three seasons (1956–57, 1957–58, 1959–60), obtaining two Spanish League titles, two Copas del Rey and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.

Martínez also became part of FC Barcelona's history by scoring the first goal ever at their current stadium, Camp Nou, on 24 September 1957. The goal was scored in the 11th minute, in a friendly match celebrating the inauguration of the stadium against a Polish team. Barcelona won the match 4–2.[1]

Another impressive accomplishment by Martínez while playing for FC Barcelona was when he scored seven goals in one match, in an 8–1 victory over Atlético Madrid in a Copa del Rey tie played on 1 May 1957.

Post-Barça YearsEdit

Hampered by being overweight, he left FC Barcelona in 1962, having scored 111 goals in 162 official matches. He went on to play for Elche, Atlético Madrid, and CE Europa.

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Spain League
1956–57 Barcelona La Liga 23 9
1957–58 19 10
1958–59 16 7
1959–60 24 23
1960–61 13 4
1961–62 16 9
Total 111 62

International careerEdit

Martínez played for both Paraguay and Spain. For Paraguay he had 9 caps and 4 goals. For Spain he had 8 caps and 6 goals, and was part of the Spanish team that played at the 1962 FIFA World Cup. He played the opening game, a 1–0 defeat against Czechoslovakia, but was dropped from the team afterwards.[2]

Spain International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 November 1959 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain   Austria 4–1 6–3 International Friendly
2. 17 December 1959 Parc des Princes, Paris, France   France 4–2 4–3 International Friendly
3. 13 March 1960 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain   Italy 3–1 3–1 International Friendly
4. 15 May 1960 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   England 2–0 3–0 International Friendly
5. 15 May 1960 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   England 3–0 3–0 International Friendly
6. 14 July 1960 Nacional, Santiago, Chile   Chile 0–4 0–4 International Friendly

After retirementEdit

After retiring in 1966, he established himself in the Catalan town of Calella. In 1984, he was run down by a car while changing a flat tire. He spent 23 days in a coma before dying on 30 September 1984.[3]


Club Libertad
FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Camp Nou - Brief history". Archived from the original on 3 October 2009.
  2. ^ "FIFA Report Match". Archived from the original on 1 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Historia del fútbol mundial".

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