Marcelo Martins Moreno
Marcelo Martins Moreno (born 18 June 1987), known as Marcelo Martins, is a Bolivian professional footballer who plays as a striker for China League One club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright and the Bolivia national football team.
Martins playing for Flamengo in 2013
|Full name||Marcelo Martins Moreno|
|Date of birth||18 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright|
|2009||→ Werder Bremen (loan)||5||(0)|
|2010||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||12||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Flamengo (loan)||16||(2)|
|2014–2015||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||32||(15)|
|2019–||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||12||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019
Martins was born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. He began his career at Vitória, becoming first choice in 2006, at the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. He scored 12 goals in the competition, four less than the top goalscorer. In the middle of 2007, he moved to Cruzeiro, becoming first choice only in the next year, when he scored 8 goals at the Copa Libertadores, being the top goalscorer, alongside Salvador Cabañas.
On 27 May 2008, he signed a five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian club agreed to pay €9 million for the player. On 29 May 2009, unable to establish himself in Donetsk, Martins joined German club Werder Bremen on loan. Bremen had initially attempted to sign Martins the previous summer, but the player opted for Shakhtar. On 29 January 2010, Bremen terminated his contract and he returned to Shakhtar Donetsk. At 16:44 on the final day of the transfer window, a six-month loan deal between Shakhtar and Wigan was agreed to take the player to the Premier League. He signed for Wigan Athletic on 1 February on loan. After returning to Shakhtar as a reserve, Martins negotiated with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense and signed with the Brazilian team for a five-year contract starting in 2012. He was then loaned to Flamengo in 2013 season and Cruzeiro in 2014 season.
In February 2015, Martins transferred to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai. In 2017 he signed for Wuhan Zall in the Chinese League One being the joint top scorer in his first season with 23 league goals.
Born in Bolivia to a Brazilian father (Mauro Martins, former footballer) and Bolivian mother, Marcelo Martins has played for the Brazilian U-18 and U-20 sides at the youth level, becoming the first foreign player to be part of it and the fifth foreign player to wear the Brazilian National Team's shirt in an official match,[clarification needed] but chose to play for the Bolivian senior national team as a professional.
Due to his success playing for Cruzeiro, he received his first call-up for a friendly match against Peru on 12 September 2007. Martins scored his first international goal on 20 November 2007, during a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Venezuela. He was also one of the goalscorers in Bolivia's 6–1 victory over Diego Maradona's Argentina on 1 April 2009. On 26 March 2013, he scored a goal in the 1-1 draw against Argentina.
Martins was included in the Bolivia squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. On 15 June, he scored the decisive goal in the team's second group match – a 3–2 defeat of Ecuador – to give El Verde its first win at the Copa América since the 1997 tournament. He was Bolivia's top scorer at the tournament with two goals, and also being the only one to score on the knockout stages as Bolivia lost to Peru 1-3 in the quarter-finals. He announced his retirement from the national squad on 15 September 2015 together with Ronald Raldes, then captain, claiming divergences with head coach Julio Cesar Baldivieso.
- As of 1 July 2018
|Bolivia national team|
- Scores and results list Bolivia's goal tally first.
|1.||20 November 2007||Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Venezuela||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||18 June 2008||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Paraguay|
|4.||14 October 2008||Uruguay|
|6.||1 April 2009||Argentina|
|7.||11 October 2009||Brazil|
|8.||7 October 2010||Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia||Venezuela||Friendly|
|9.||7 October 2011||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||11 November 2011||Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina|
|11.||26 March 2013||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia|
|12.||11 June 2013||Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile||Chile|
|13.||15 June 2015||Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaíso, Chile||Ecuador||2015 Copa América|
|14.||25 June 2015||Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco, Chile||Peru||2015 Copa América|
|15.||28 March 2017||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Argentina||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|16.||10 September 2018||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||Friendly|
|17.||13 October 2018||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar||Myanmar|
|18.||18 June 2019||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Peru||2019 Copa América|
- Campeonato Baiano: 2005, 2007
- "Shakhtar swoop for Bolivian starlet". UEFA.com. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Moreno goes to Germany". shakhtar.com. FC Shakhtar Donetsk. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "Moreno – durchgefallen und zurück nach Donezk" (in German). kreiszeitung.de. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Moreno is in England till summer". shakhtar.com. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Wigan sign Shakhtar Donetsk striker". Ontheminute.com. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "MARCELO MORENO: "WHAT CONVINCED ME TO COME TO GREMIO IS THE FANS"". Gremio.net. 20 December 2011. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "亚泰投2.5亿争前八 弃前中超金靴签巴甲银靴". sina. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
- "Bolivia withstand heavy pressure to edge Ecuador at Copa América". The Guardian. 16 June 2015.
- Marcelo Martins Moreno - International Appearances
- "2018中甲联赛积分榜". sports.sina.cn. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2019.