UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|Olympiacos FC||Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusTuesday 22 October 2019|
21.00CET (22.00 local time) Group B - Matchday 3
|FC Bayern München|
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: 15 October 1971
Playing career: Hertha Zehlendorf, Hertha Berlin (twice), Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburg, Bayern München, Salzburg
Coaching career: Croatia Under-21, Croatia, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern München
• Born in Berlin to parents hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kovač began his career at local side Hertha Zehlendorf before earning a move to 2. Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in 1991. A defensive midfielder, he then joined Leverkusen, playing alongside younger brother Robert for the first time.
• Signed for Hamburg in 1999 but was reunited with Robert when the pair were snapped up by Bayern two years later. Won a league and cup double in 2002/03 yet struggled to tie down a starting spot and returned to Hertha in 2003, subsequently ending his playing days with Salzburg.
• Collected his first Croatia cap in 1996 and featured in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying, only for injury to rule him out of the finals. Ever-present at the 2002 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2004, he also featured in the 2006 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008, retiring in 2009 with 83 caps and 14 international goals.
• Quickly turned to coaching, first overseeing Salzburg's youth side and then working as a first-team assistant. Left Salzburg in 2012 and took charge, assisted by brother Robert, of Croatia's U21 squad in January 2013 before stepping up to the senior side that October following Igor Štimac's resignation. Took Croatia to the 2014 World Cup via the play-offs but was unable to guide his side into the knockout rounds and dismissed in September 2015.
• Resurfaced at Eintracht in March 2016, guiding the club to Bundesliga survival that year and mid-table safety, plus the German Cup final, in 2016/17. Oversaw an eighth-place finish the following campaign and having been announced as the new Bayern coach in April 2018, Kovač bowed out at Eintracht by winning the club's first trophy since 1988 with victory in the German Cup final – against Bayern. Retained the cup in his first season in Munich, completing the domestic double after Bayern's Bundesliga triumph.
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