Iñigo Martínez

Iñigo Martínez Berridi (Basque: [iɲiɣo maɾtines̻ beriði]; Spanish: [ˈiɲiɣo maɾˈtineθ βeˈriði]; born 17 May 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao and the Spain national team mainly as a centre-back.

Iñigo Martínez
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Martínez with Spain in 2019
Personal information
Full name Iñigo Martínez Berridi
Date of birth (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Ondarroa, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 4
Youth career
Aurrerá Ondarroa
2006–2009 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Real Sociedad B 54 (2)
2011–2018 Real Sociedad 205 (16)
2018– Athletic Bilbao 126 (4)
National team
2011 Spain U20 1 (0)
2011–2013 Spain U21 15 (0)
2012 Spain U23 4 (0)
2013– Spain 17 (0)
2011– Basque Country 8 (0)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Spain
UEFA Nations League
Silver medal – second place 2021
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:28, 21 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2021

He spent most of his professional career with Real Sociedad, playing 238 matches (17 goals scored) across all competitions after making his debut at the age of 20. In 2018, he signed with Athletic Bilbao.

Martínez won his first cap for Spain in 2013.

Club careerEdit

Real SociedadEdit

Born in Ondarroa, Biscay, Martínez joined Real Sociedad's youth ranks from local CD Aurrerá Ondarroa.[2][3] He made his senior debut in the 2009–10 season, helping the reserves promote from the fourth division after one year out by contributing 23 games and one goal.

On 27 August 2011, Martínez made his first-team – and La Liga – debut with the Basques, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against Sporting de Gijón.[4] On 2 October he scored his first league goal, from inside his own half in an eventual 2–1 home loss to Athletic Bilbao in a derby.[5]

 
Martínez with Real Sociedad, 2015

Martínez scored his third league goal in the same fashion, in a 3–2 away victory over Real Betis on 27 November 2011 (in the 90th minute).[6] He continued to be first choice in the following top-flight campaigns, notably helping the club return to the UEFA Champions League after ten years in 2012–13 by netting four times[7][8][9][10] in 34 matches.

On 26 April 2016, Martínez signed a new five-year deal.[11]

Athletic BilbaoEdit

On 30 January 2018, Martínez signed with Athletic Bilbao for €32 million (his contractual buyout clause amount and a record outlay for the buying club) on a deal until 2023;[12][13] the fee was around half of the figure received the same day for the player he replaced in the Athletic squad, Aymeric Laporte, who had moved to Manchester City.[14] He made his debut on 4 February, playing the entirety of a 2–0 domestic league defeat away to Girona FC.[15]

During October 2018, Martínez conceded two penalties for foul challenges in two local derby matches in the domestic league, both of which led to the opening goal and were awarded after Video Assistant Referee reviews – the first in a 3–1 home defeat to his old club Real Sociedad[16] and the second in a 1–1 away draw against SD Eibar.[17]

Martínez scored his first goal for Athletic (in his 85th competitive appearance) with a backheel flick in a home league fixture against Betis on 20 June 2020. He later also gave away a penalty, but the kick was missed and his proved to be the only goal of the match.[18]

Under the spotlight playing against his former club Real Sociedad in the delayed 2020 Copa del Rey Final, Martínez had a major role in proceedings:[19] he came close to scoring with a long-range shot in the first half, appeared to have conceded a penalty for handball on the edge of the penalty area at the start of the second half – a VAR review ruled this to have been outside the box – then did concede a penalty for a foul on Portu ten minutes later. He was sent off by the referee, but another VAR check decided that he had not denied a goalscoring opportunity deliberately and the red card was downgraded to yellow. The penalty was scored, and Real took the trophy with a 1–0 scoreline.[19] In the aftermath, he was seen taking time to offer congratulations to his many old teammates and was praised in the media for his sportsmanship.[19]

International careerEdit

Martínez made his debut for the Spain under-21 team in 2011. In the following year, he was picked by manager Luis Milla for his squad that appeared in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[20] In the first game against Japan he was sent off late into the first half for bringing down Kensuke Nagai, thus denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, in an eventual 1–0 loss.[21]

Martínez made his first appearance with the full side on 14 August 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Ramos in a 2–0 friendly win over Ecuador.[22] Between September 2018 and March 2021 he received eleven caps, including seven starting appearances;[23] however, he was not included in Luis Enrique's 24-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament (delayed for a year by the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe) when it was announced on 24 May,[24] with the player stating that he was not totally happy with his physical situation having missed a number of club matches during the season and an agreement had been made between him, the national body and Athletic that he would not take part.[25]

Style of playEdit

Martínez has been likened to compatriot Carles Puyol, and is known for his heading ability which makes him an aerial threat on set pieces, despite his modest stature of 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in). He is also known for his tackling, leadership qualities and ability to read the game, as well as competence with the ball at his feet.[26]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of played 20 January 2022[27][28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad B 2009–10 Tercera División 23 1 23 1
2010–11 Segunda División B 31 1 31 1
Total 54 2 54 2
Real Sociedad 2011–12 La Liga 26 3 2 0 28 3
2012–13 La Liga 34 4 1 0 35 4
2013–14 La Liga 35 2 5 0 7[a] 0 47 2
2014–15 La Liga 34 2 3 0 4[b] 0 41 2
2015–16 La Liga 30 1 1 0 31 1
2016–17 La Liga 34 3 6 1 40 4
2017–18 La Liga 12 1 1 0 3[b] 0 16 1
Total 205 16 19 1 14 0 238 17
Athletic Bilbao 2017–18 La Liga 16 0 16 0
2018–19 La Liga 33 0 2 0 35 0
2019–20 La Liga 33 1 8[c] 0 41 1
2020–21 La Liga 28 1 3 1 2[d] 0 33 2
2021–22 La Liga 16 2 2 1 2 0 20 3
Total 126 4 15 2 4 0 145 6
Career total 385 22 34 3 14 0 4 0 437 25
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Includes appearance in 2020 Copa del Rey Final (played in 2021)
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España

InternationalEdit

As of 11 November 2021[29]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2013 2 0
2016 2 0
2018 2 0
2019 5 0
2020 1 0
2021 5 0
Total 17 0

HonoursEdit

Athletic Bilbao

Spain U21

Spain

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ González, Miguel (16 June 2010). "Zubieta garantiza un futuro prometedor" [Zubieta guarantees a promising future]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ Ortiz de Lazcano, Javier (7 February 2018). "La Real abonará 600.000 euros al Aurrera de Ondarroa por la salida de Iñigo" [Real will pay 600,000 euros to Aurrera Ondarroa for the departure of Iñigo]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Agirretxe at the double for Sociedad". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Llorente at the double for Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
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  9. ^ "Málaga CF defeated at the Anoeta (4–2)". Málaga CF. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
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  11. ^ Ramajo, Roberto (26 April 2016). ""Dudé, pero la Real me demostró ver que estaba equivocado"" ["I hesitated , but Real showed me the error of my ways"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 April 2016.
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  13. ^ McGee, Nicholas (30 January 2018). "Athletic Bilbao sign Inigo Martinez to replace Aymeric Laporte". Goal. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Aymeric Laporte: Manchester City sign French defender for club-record £57m". BBC Sport. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  15. ^ Bernad Suelves, Marc (4 February 2018). "Stuani castiga al Athletic y el Girona ya aspira a Europa" [Stuani punishes Athletic and Girona already aspire to Europe]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 February 2018.
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