|Full name||Saúl Asael Martínez Álvarez|
|Date of birth||29 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Colón, Honduras|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|1997–1998||Long Island Rough Riders||41||(13)|
|1999–2000||Hampton Roads Mariners||26||(16)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2008-09-27|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2009-01-30
Nicknamed Speedy, Saúl Martínez started his career at Honduran second division side Melgar before moving abroad to play for American outfit Long Island Rough Riders. He was assigned to Major League Soccer team Miami Fusion in 1999. His first game in Liga Nacional was on 10 December 2000 with Olimpia against Broncos.
He first attracted the attentions of Shanghai Shenhua when he scored a hat trick against Slovenia during the Lunar New Year Cup in Hong Kong in early 2002. Shenhua quickly signed him and afterwards, Martinez became one of the most important players in the Shenhua team. He would end up playing in Asia for five years, winning the 2003 Chinese league title with Shanghai Shenhua; that title was however taken away from the club in 2013 due to its part in a match-fixing scandal. He also won the 2003 Golden Boot Award with Shanghai.
He made a remarkable return from retirement with Victoria in the 2010 Apertura season, topping the goalscoring charts at age 34 and ending the season as runner-up behind Jerry Bengtson with 11 goals. In July 2011 he returned for another spell at Marathón.
Martínez made his debut for Honduras in a July 2001 friendly match against Ecuador, in which he immediately scored a goal, and has earned a total of 35 caps, scoring 16 goals. He has represented his country in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2007 and 2009 UNCAF Nations Cups His international breakthrough however came during the 2001 Copa América, when Honduras surprisingly ended third and Martínez scored both goals in the historic win over World Cup runners-up Brazil.
|1997||Long Island Rough Riders||USISL A-League||16||3|
|1999||Miami Fusion||Major League Soccer||15||4|
|2000||Hampton Roads Mariners||USL A-League||26||16|
|2002||Shanghai Shenhua||Jia-A League||20||8|
|2006||Omiya Ardija||J1 League||3||0|
|2006||Shanghai Liancheng||Super League||12||3|
|2007||Shanghai Shenhua||Super League||7||2|
National team statisticsEdit
|Honduras national team|
Saul is married and he and his wife, Roxana, have a baby boy, Joshua, born in September 2005 in Miami, Florida, and two girls (twins), Kiara and Natalie, born in June 2009.
- MLS: Honduran-born forward Saul Martinez allocated to Miami – SoccerAmerica
- Saúl Martínez pierde título en China por sanción al Shanghai Shenhua – El Heraldo ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Saúl quiere jugar solo tres meses con Herediano – Prensa Libre ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Saúl Martínez como el vino, entre más añejo… – Fútbol de Honduras ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Saúl Martínez: “Para la semifinal estaré listo” – La Prensa ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Saúl regresa al Marathón – La Prensa ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Saúl Martínez: “Mejor me retiro que ganar menos” – La Prensa ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Miami United, Strikers, MLS Expansion – Miami Herald
- Saúl Martínez – FIFA competition record
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2007 – Details – RSSSF
- UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 – Details – RSSSF
- Hace 10 años eliminamos a Brasil de Copa América – La Prensa ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)