Open main menu

Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia (born 19 May 1993) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a striker for American club Atlanta United FC, and the Venezuela national team.

Josef Martínez
Josef Martínez Atlanta United 2017.jpg
Martínez with Atlanta United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Josef Alexander Martínez Mencia
Date of birth (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Atlanta United
Number 7
Youth career
–2010 Caracas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Caracas 36 (8)
2012–2014 Young Boys 37 (4)
2013–2014Thun (loan) 18 (8)
2014–2017 Torino 58 (7)
2017Atlanta United (loan) 3 (5)
2017– Atlanta United 80 (72)
National team
2011–2013 Venezuela U20 4 (2)
2011– Venezuela 51 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:18, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:08, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Josef Martínez began his career with Caracas. In 2012, he was acquired by the Swiss Super League club Young Boys before spending a year on loan at Thun. In 2014, he was sold to Italian club Torino, and in 2017, Major League Soccer expansion side, Atlanta United FC. He holds the MLS record for career hat-tricks with six in his first 44 games, the record for cumulative goals in regular and post season with 35, the record for most consecutive games with a goal (15), and formerly held the record for goals in a single season (31 in 2018).

In 2018, Martínez became the most decorated single-season player in MLS history by winning League MVP, All-Star Game MVP, Golden Boot, and MLS Cup Final MVP.

He is a former Venezuela under-20 international. In 2011, he made his debut for the senior Venezuela national team against El Salvador.

Club careerEdit

CaracasEdit

Martínez made his debut for Caracas FC on 21 August 2010 against Estudiantes de Mérida, entering as a substitute in the 70th minute, won 1–0. He scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Deportivo Petare on 21 November 2010.[1]

Young BoysEdit

On 3 January 2012, Caracas announced Martínez had been sold to BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League for a period of four years along with fellow right-back Alexander Gonzalez. He debuted on 5 February 2012 against Servette FC, which the Young Boys won 3–1. After a string of good performances, Martínez was called up to the Venezuela national team, as well as awarded his first start for Young Boys on 21 October 2012, in which he scored his first goal for the Swiss club with a volley in the 50th minute against Grasshopper Club Zürich.

Loan to FC ThunEdit

After one season in the Swiss capital city, he was sent on loan to Thun. After scoring 8 goals in 18 games with the team from Bernese Oberland, he was momentarily the top scorer in the Swiss Super League and recalled by Young Boys.[2]

TorinoEdit

On 7 June 2014, Martínez was sold to Italian Serie A club Torino for a reported fee of €3 million.[3][4] He made his debut in a 0–3 away win against Sweden's Brommapojkarna in the third round of the 2014–15 Europa League.[5] He scored his first goal for the Granata in the return leg, won 4–0 in Turin (7–0 on agg.).[6]

He made his league debut on 14 September in a 2–0 loss away to Sampdoria.[7] On 7 December, he scored his first goal in Serie A during a 2–2 draw with Palermo.[8] Four days later, he scored his first brace in the Europa League against Copenhagen, which ended 1–5 in favour of Torino.[9]

On 30 April 2016, he scored his first brace in Serie A, as Torino won 1–5 away to Udinese.[10]

Atlanta UnitedEdit

 
Josef Martínez playing for Atlanta United on September 24, 2017 against the Montreal Impact

On 2 February 2017, Martínez was loaned with a buying option to Major League Soccer expansion team Atlanta United.[11][12] He made his league debut on 5 March in a 1–2 home defeat against New York Red Bulls.[13] He scored his first career hat-trick, and the first hat-trick in the history of the club, in a 6–1 win at Minnesota United the following week.[14]

On 21 March, Atlanta announced they had activated the buyout clause for an undisclosed transfer fee.[15] He was named the MLS Player of the Month for March after scoring five goals in his first three games in the league.[16]

On 23 March, while playing for the Venezuelan national team against Peru, Martínez injured his left quadricep.[17] After more than two months of recuperation, he returned to action only to be injured again over the summer. Upon his return from the second injury, he scored hat tricks in two consecutive games against the New England Revolution and Orlando City, and was named the MLS Player of the Month for September 2017.[18] Atlanta United finished in a tie for third in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs by Columbus Crew. Despite only making 20 appearances (all competitions) due to injury, Martínez finished his first year in Atlanta fourth in the league in scoring, with 20 goals in all competitions, and was named to the MLS Best XI for the 2017 season.[19]

2018 seasonEdit

On 2 June 2018, Martínez converted a late penalty kick against Philadelphia Union to notch his fifth MLS hat-trick, tying the league record for hat-tricks and doing so faster than any other player in league history.[20] He broke the record for hat-tricks on 21 July 2018 against DC United, after only 44 games.

He was voted the MLS Player of the Month for July 2018 after scoring nine goals and adding one assist to lead the Five Stripes to a 3–1–1 record.[21]

He scored the only goal for the MLS All-Stars in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game against Juventus, a 1–1 draw, and was named MVP.[22][23]

On 24 August 2018, he scored his 28th goal of the season, a game winner in Orlando City, to break the league single-season record of 27, held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski, and Bradley Wright-Phillips. After failing to capitalize on numerous opportunities, Martínez utilized his quick footwork to cut back against the defender and then chip Joe Bendik to set the record in just his 26th match. He was named MLS Player of the Month for August 2018.[24]

2019 seasonEdit

On 6 August 2019, Martínez was awarded the MLS Player of the Month for July.[25] He earned the award having scored in nine straight matches, tying his own MLS record set the previous season, which was also shared with Diego Valeri.[25]

On 23 August, he set a new MLS record by scoring a goal in 12 consecutive games.[26] The goal helped his side to a 1–0 win over rivals Orlando and was his 15th strike during the streak.[27] On 18 September, Martinez extended his goal-scoring record to 15 consecutive games, which is the third longest streak in world football after Lionel Messi (33 goals in 21 games) and Tor Henning Hamre (21 goals in 15 games).[28]

International careerEdit

Martínez made his international debut on 7 August 2011 against El Salvador as a substitute in the 76th minute.[1]

On 10 November 2016 (matchday 11 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification), Martínez scored a hat-trick against Bolivia in a 5–0 win in Maturín.

Style of playEdit

Primarily a forward, Martínez is a diminutive yet aggressive and powerful player, who usually plays in a central role as a main striker, but who is also capable of playing as a winger. His pace, dribbling ability, eye for goal, and his accurate finishing ability with either foot, as well as his head, combined with his ability to make attacking runs off the ball from behind and get into good positions, make him a dangerous attacking threat in the penalty area.[29][30][31][32][33]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 6 October 2019[1][29]
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup [a] Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caracas 2010–11 21 4 7 1 28 5
2011–12 15 4 0 0 15 4
Total 36 8 0 0 0 0 7 1 43 9
Young Boys 2011–12 11 0 0 0 11 0
2012–13 8 1 1 0 9 1
2013–14 18 3 0 0 18 3
Total 37 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 4
FC Thun 2013–14 18 8 3 1 11 1 32 13
Total 18 8 3 1 0 0 11 1 32 10
Torino 2014–15 26 3 1 1 13 3 40 7
2015–16 21 3 2 1 23 6
2016–17 11 1 1 1 12 5
Total 58 7 4 3 0 0 13 3 75 13
Atlanta United 2017 20 19 1 1 1 0 22 20
2018 34 31 0 0 5 4 39 35
2019 29 27 2 1 0 0 5 4 36 32
Total 83 77 3 2 6 4 5 20 96 87
Career totals 232 104 11 6 6 4 36 9 285 130
  1. ^ Includes: MLS Cup Playoffs

InternationalEdit

As of match played 22 March 2019[34]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Venezuela 2011 3 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 2
2014 3 0
2015 7 2
2016 15 6
2017 5 0
2018 3 0
2019 5 2
Total 50 12

International goalsEdit

As of match played 22 June 2019. Venezuela score listed first, score column indicates score after each Martínez goal.[34]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 May 2013 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela 7   El Salvador 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2 14 August 2013 9   Bolivia 1–0 2–2
3 31 March 2015 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States 17   Peru 1–0 1–0
4 17 November 2015 Estadio Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela 22   Ecuador 1–3 1–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 20 May 2016 Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña, Galiza 24   Galicia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 5 June 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States 28   Jamaica 1–0 1–0 Copa América Centenario
6 6 September 2016 Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela 33   Argentina 2–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 10 November 2016 Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturín, Venezuela 36   Bolivia 2–0 5–0
8 3–0
9 4–0
10 22 March 2019 Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain 46   Argentina 3–1 3–1 Friendly
11 22 June 2019 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil 50   Bolivia 3–1 3–1 2019 Copa América

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Venezuela - J. Martínez - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  2. ^ Armero, Andrés (16 December 2013). "El venezolano Josef Martínez regresa al BSC Young Boys". MARCA (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Martinez al Toro". Torino F.C. (in Italian). 7 June 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ "UFFICIALE: Torino, acquistato Josef Martinez. Contratto quadriennale - TUTTOmercatoWEB.com".
  5. ^ "BROMMAPOJKARNA VS. TORINO 0 - 3". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  6. ^ "TORINO VS. BROMMAPOJKARNA 4 - 0". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Sampdoria vs. Torino - 14 September 2014 - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com.
  8. ^ "Torino vs. Palermo - 6 December 2014 - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com.
  9. ^ "København vs. Torino - 11 December 2014 - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com.
  10. ^ "Udinese vs. Torino - 30 April 2016 - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com.
  11. ^ "Martinez all'Atlanta". Torino F.C. (in Italian). 2 February 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Atlanta United Acquire Josef Martinez as Designated Player". Atlanta United. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Atlanta United vs. New York RB - 6 March 2017 - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com.
  14. ^ "Minnesota United vs. Atlanta United - 12 March 2017 - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com.
  15. ^ "Atlanta United finalize permanent transfer of Josef Martínez". Atlanta United. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  16. ^ a b Stejskal, Sam (5 April 2017). "Atlanta United FC's Josef Martinez named MLS Player of the Month for March". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  17. ^ McCartney, Cory (28 March 2017). "With Josef Martínez out 4-6 weeks, how will Atlanta United replace him?". Fox Sports South. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  18. ^ a b Stejskal, Sam (5 October 2017). "Josef Martinez runs away with September honor | Alcatel Player of the Month". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  19. ^ a b "2017 MLS Best XI revealed: Who was the best in 2017?". Major League Soccer. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  20. ^ Roberson, Doug (2 June 2018). "Martinez ties MLS mark in leading Atlanta United to win". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  21. ^ a b Boehm, Charles (3 August 2018). "ATL's Josef Martinez wins July MLS Player of the Month pres. by EA Sports". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  22. ^ a b "2018 MLS All-Star Roster". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  23. ^ a b Couch, Ben (1 August 2018). "Josef Martinez named 2018 MLS All-Star Game MVP". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  24. ^ a b Boehm, Charles (5 September 2018). "Atlanta United's Josef Martinez named August MLS Player of the Month". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Josef Martinez named MLS Player of the Month pres. by EA SPORTS for July". MLS. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Josef Martinez scores in 12th consecutive game to break MLS record". Sporting News. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Josef Martinez sets new MLS record with goals in 12 consecutive matches". MLS. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Josef Martinez approaching world record for league scoring streak". MLS. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Josef Martinez". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  30. ^ Vickery, Tim (30 September 2019). "Martinez Refuses To Play For Venezuela". World Soccer. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Atlanta's Josef Martinez wins MVP award in MLS". Sportsnet. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  32. ^ York, Jason (11 October 2019). "Josef Martinez "different" from other elite strikers across MLS history, says Arena". www.mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  33. ^ Straus, Brian (25 August 2018). "Josef Martinez in a Class of His Own After Breaking MLS Scoring Record". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  34. ^ a b "Martínez, Josef". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  35. ^ "Atlanta United wins U.S. Open Cup". Atlanta Journal Constitution. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  36. ^ "Atlanta beats Club America to lift Campeones Cup". ESPNFC. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  37. ^ "2018 MLS Best XI". Major League Soccer. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  38. ^ Bogert, Tom (5 December 2018). "Atlanta United's Josef Martinez wins 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP award". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  39. ^ Bogert, Tom (28 October 2018). "Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez wins 2018 MLS Golden Boot". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  40. ^ "2019 MLS All-Star Roster". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  41. ^ Boehm, Charles (6 August 2019). "Josef Martinez named MLS Player of the Month pres. by EA SPORTS for July". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  42. ^ "Josef Martinez named MLS Player of the Month pres. by EA SPORTS for August". Major League Soccer. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

External linksEdit