UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|Olympiacos FC||Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusWednesday 18 September 2019|
18.55CET (19.55 local time) Group B - Matchday 1
Date of birth: 17 July 1970
Playing career: Feirense, Vitória SC, Sporting CP, Boavista, Santa Clara, Alverca
Coaching career: União Lamas, Lusitânia, Espinho, Marítimo B, Marítimo, Rio Ave, Vitória SC, Olympiacos
• Martins joined the youth ranks of Feirense at the age of 13 and made his professional debut five years later. He started as an attacking midfielder but dropped back into a more defensive role, going on to play almost 200 games in the Portuguese Liga and over 100 in the second division.
• Won his solitary cap for Portugal as a substitute against Northern Ireland in qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, hanging up his boots in 2004 having spent his entire playing career in his homeland.
• Two years after his retirement he landed his first coaching job at the helm of third division União Lamas, going on to have spells with Lusitânia and Espinho before taking over Marítimo's B team. In September 2010 he was promoted to their senior side and the transition proved successful, Martins taking them to fifth place in the top flight in 2011/12 and through two qualifying rounds into the UEFA Europa League group stage the following season.
• In 2014 accepted a new challenge at Rio Ave, also leading them into the UEFA Europa League via a sixth-placed finish in the league; returned to Vitória SC in Guimarães, where he had spent a season as a player, in 2016, taking them to fourth place and the Portuguese Cup final in 2016/17.
• Left his post in February 2018, taking over at Olympiacos two months later for his first post outside Portugal; ended his first full season in second place in the Greek Super League and in summer 2019 led the Piraeus club through qualifying to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Date of birth: 2 March 1972
Playing career: Newell's Old Boys, Espanyol (three times), Paris Saint-Germain, Bordeaux
Coaching career: Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham
• A tough-tackling central defender, Pochettino was a product of Newell's Old Boys in Argentina where he briefly played with the legendary Diego Maradona during his five years in the senior squad.
• He moved to Europe in 1994 to join Spanish side Espanyol and won the Copa del Rey in 2000, before joining Paris in January 2001. After a stint at Bordeaux, returned to Espanyol, initially on loan, before hanging up his boots in 2006 having won another Copa del Rey. Capped 20 times by Argentina, appearing in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
• Switched to coaching with Espanyol in January 2009, with the club lying third from bottom in the Spanish Liga; guided them to a tenth-placed finish. Under Pochettino, three further mid-table finishes followed before a slow start to 2012/13 prompted his departure.
• Surprisingly resurfaced in England at Southampton in January 2013, succeeding Nigel Adkins; introduced a high-pressing, attacking style which helped the club keep clear of relegation trouble. In his first full season in charge, took Saints to eighth position with 56 points – a new club record.
• Appointed Tottenham manager in May 2014, and led the side to the English League Cup final in his debut campaign, only to lose out to Chelsea. In 2015/16, Pochettino's side were in contention to win the club's first league title since 1961 until a draw at Chelsea with two games to go; finished third to book a UEFA Champions League return, and finished Premier League runners-up in 2016/17, before claiming third spot again the following season. Dropped to fourth in 2018/19, when consolation came with a remarkable run to the UEFA Champions League final, Spurs eventually losing out to Liverpool in Madrid.
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