Javi Martínez

  • Date of birth : 02/09/1988
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Spain Spain
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Javi Martínez

Javi Martínez

Clubs: Athletic Club, FC Bayern München

• Born in Estella, close to Pamplona, he started out with local club CA Osasuna but was scouted at an early age by Athletic before he had a chance to play for their first team. An immediate success at the Estadio San Mamés, he made 35 Liga appearances in his debut campaign, aged just 18, and scored a memorable double in a 2-0 win at RC Deportivo La Coruña.

• Continued to blossom over the next few campaigns as Athletic's central midfield conduit and helped the club into the 2009 Copa del Rey final − a 4-1 defeat by FC Barcelona − after which he made his European debut in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.

• Played for Spain at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship in Sweden and made his senior debut a year later, in an Innsbruck friendly against Saudi Arabia, before earning a surprise call-up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he made one brief substitute appearance.

• Promoted to U21 skipper for the 2011 finals in Denmark, he led Spain to victory, starting all five matches; made two appearances in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying − away to Lithuania and the Czech Republic − and by the end of 2011 he had yet to play a senior international on home soil.

• Appeared in two cup finals in May 2012, both of which ended in a 3-0 defeat for Athletic – the UEFA Europa League (v Club Atlético de Madrid) and Copa del Rey (v Barcelona); made one substitute appearance as Spain retained the European Championship.

• Became the most expensive player in German history when he joined Bayern in August 2012 for €40m. A Bundesliga title winner in his first season, he featured in all but one of the club's games in their triumphant 2012/13 UEFA Champions League campaign.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship: 
winner 2012
UEFA Champions League:
winner 2013
UEFA Europa League: 
runner-up 2012
UEFA European Under-21 Championship:
 winner 2011
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: winner 2007

Last updated: 28/05/13 17.35CET


UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Javi Martínez
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 02/09/1988 (27)
  • Country: Spain
  • Squad number: 8
  • Club: Bayern ( GER)

  • Height: 190cm
  • Weight: 86kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Third qualifying round)
    30/07/09: Athletic 0-1 Young Boys
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (Elite round)
    29/03/05: Spain 1-0 Denmark

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Spain U-21201
Spain U-1940
Spain U-1730

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 28/04/2016 01:05 CET