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Martin Christensen Braithwaite (born 5 June 1991) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club CD Leganés on loan from Championship club Middlesbrough and the Denmark national team.

Martin Braithwaite
Personal information
Full name Martin Christensen Braithwaite[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Esbjerg, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Winger, Forward
Club information
Current team
Leganés
Number 25
Youth career
SGI
Esbjerg fB
2007 FC Midtjylland
2007–2009 Esbjerg fB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Esbjerg fB 89 (17)
2013–2017 Toulouse 136 (35)
2017– Middlesbrough 36 (8)
2018Bordeaux (loan) 14 (4)
2019Leganés (loan) 11 (3)
National team
2008 Denmark U17 3 (0)
2009–2010 Denmark U19 11 (2)
2012–2013 Denmark U21 2 (0)
2013– Denmark 31 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 03:47, 6 Avril 2019 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

Esbjerg fBEdit

Braithwaite started his youth career with Esbjerg before spending a short time at FC Midtjylland's sports academy. He moved back to Esbjerg after only a short time, signing a three-year youth contract in 2007[3] before going on trials with both Reggina and Newcastle United.[4][5] He made his Esbjerg debut in 2009, making 63 Superligaen appearances for the club and scoring 12 goals, including nine in the 2012–13 season during which he appeared in every league game for the club.[6] He won the Danish Cup with the club in 2012–13, scoring two goals in the semi-final second leg defeat of Brøndby IF.

Following his impressive displays for Esbjerg in the 2013 Danish Superliga spring season and the Danish Cup he was called up to the Danish national squad in the summer of 2013. At the same time he was being rumoured to be attracting the interest of a number of European clubs including Auxerre, Rennes, Celtic and Hull City.[7][8][9]

ToulouseEdit

On 14 August 2013, whilst away on national duty for a friendly international against Poland, DR reported that Braithwaite had been sold to French club Toulouse FC for an estimated DKK 15 million (roughly €2 million).[10] Braithwaite started the match and scored Denmark's second goal.

MiddlesbroughEdit

On 13 July 2017, Braithwaite signed a four-year contract with EFL Championship club Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £9 million.[11] Under the initial management of Garry Monk,[12] he became the club's third signing of the season, after Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie.[13][14] He scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in a 2–2 draw with Brentford on 30 September 2017.[15]

Braithwaite made his league debut for the club on 5 August 2017 at the Molineux Stadium, where Middlesbrough were defeated 1–0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.[16] He scored his first goal for the club on 30 September 2017, in a 2–2 draw against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.[17]

Braithwaite was loaned out to Bordeaux on 31 January 2018 for the rest of the season.[18]. He returned to Middlesbrough for the 2018-2019 season. However, while Braithwaite did start the season in Middlesbrough, he quickly expressed his desire to leave the club and go to Spain to play instead. This was much to the dismay of his Middlesbrough manager, Tony Pulis[19]. Unsuccessful to leave the club in the 2018 summer transfer window, Braithwaite played the first half of the season for Middlesbrough, scoring three goals in 18 appearances before joining Spanish La Liga side Leganés at the beginning of the 2019 January transfer window. [20]

International careerEdit

Having already represented several Danish national youth teams, in the summer of 2012 Braithwaite was offered the chance to represent Guyana, being eligible through his Guyanese father. He declined the offer[21] and went on to make his senior debut for the Danish national team in June 2013 in a friendly against Georgia, starting the game and playing the first half. He remained in the squad for the 2014 World Cup qualification match against Armenia.[22] Braithwaite scored his first international goal in his second match in a friendly in August 2013 against Poland.[citation needed] In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 3 April 2019 [24][25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Esbjerg fB 2009–10 Superliga 10 0 0 0 10 0
2010–11 16 0 2 0 18 0
2011–12 1st Division 26 5 1 0 27 5
2012–13 Superliga 33 9 5 2 38 11
2013–14 4 3 0 0 4 3
Total 89 17 8 2 0 0 97 19
Toulouse 2013–14 Ligue 1 32 7 2 1 2 0 36 8
2014–15 34 6 1 0 1 0 36 6
2015–16 36 11 2 2 3 1 40 13
2016–17 34 11 1 0 1 1 36 12
Total 136 35 7 3 7 2 149 40
Middlesbrough 2017–18 Championship 19 5 2 1 0 0 21 6
2018–19 17 3 0 0 2 0 19 3
Total 36 8 2 1 2 0 40 9
Bordeaux (loan) 2017–18 Ligue 1 14 4 0 0 0 0 14 4
Leganés (loan) 2018–19 La Liga 11 3 2 1 13 4
Career total 286 67 19 7 9 2 314 76

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 6 Avril 2019.[26]
Denmark
Year Apps Goals
2013 5 1
2014 2 0
2015 5 0
2016 2 0
2017 3 0
2018 12 2
2019 2 0
Total 31 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.[26]
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 August 2013 PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland   Poland 2–1 2–3 Friendly
2. 16 October 2018 MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark   Austria 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 16 November 2018 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   Wales 2–0 2–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B

Personal lifeEdit

Braithwaite has a Guyanese father [27] and his younger sister Mathilde (born 2002) plays football for KoldingQ and for Denmark's U-16 national women's football team.[28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Middlesbrough" (PDF). English Football League. p. 23. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ bold.dk. "Esbjerg skriver med Braithwaite". bold.dk.
  4. ^ bold.dk. "Reggina tester Esbjerg-talenter". bold.dk.
  5. ^ bold.dk. "Esbjerg-talent glad for engelsk prøvetræning". bold.dk.
  6. ^ Martin Braithwaite, Danskfodbold.com. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  7. ^ bold.dk. "Medie: EfB'er varm i England og Skotland". bold.dk.
  8. ^ bold.dk. "Braithwaite kender til fransk interesse". bold.dk.
  9. ^ "Celtic and Hull City keen on Esbjerg's Braithwaite - Tribal Football".
  10. ^ "Martin Braithwaite til Toulouse".
  11. ^ "Martin Braithwaite: Middlesbrough sign Denmark forward from Toulouse". BBC Sport. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Middlesbrough appoint Monk as new manager". Reuters. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Cyrus Christie Set For Boro Medical". Middlesbrough Official Site. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Boro Set To Swoop For Jonny Howson". Middlesbrough Official Site. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–2 Brentford". BBC. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 5 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Middlesbrough 2-2 Brentford". BBC Sport. 30 September 2017.
  18. ^ Officielt: Braithwaite til Bordeaux‚ bold.dk, 31 January 2018
  19. ^ Martin Braithwaite: Middlesbrough striker wants to leave club for Spain, bbc.co.uk, 30 August 2019
  20. ^ Middlesbrough's Martin Braithwaite joins Leganes on loanSky Sports, 3 January 2019
  21. ^ bold.dk. "Esbjerg-profil takker nej til landshold". bold.dk.
  22. ^ bold.dk. "EfB-duo og Stryger i Olsens hat". bold.dk.
  23. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced? - Goal.com".
  24. ^ "MARTIN BRAITHWAITE L'EQUIPE Profile". L'Equipe. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  25. ^ Martin Braithwaite at Soccerway
  26. ^ a b Martin Braithwaite at National-Football-Teams.com
  27. ^ "Martin Braithwaite (left) rejected an offer to play for Guyana in favour of birthplace Denmark". BBVC. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Debut til Mathilde Braithwaite på U16 Pigelandsholdet..." KoldingQ. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.

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