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Roberto Martínez

Roberto Martinez
Personal information
Full nameRoberto Martínez Montoliú
Date of birth13 July 1973(age 43)
Place of birthBalaguer, Spain
Height1.75 m
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubWigan Athletic (manager)

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Roberto Martínez Montoliú (-esmarˈtineθ, -enmɑrˈtɪnɛzlang) (born 13 July 1973) is a Spanish former professional footballer and is currently manager of Wigan Athletic.

Martínez played as a midfielder and began his career at lower league Spanish side CF Balaguer. Two years later he went to English Division Three side Wigan Athletic. Becoming part of a small Spanish contingent at the club, alongside Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz, he was a regular first team player for six years the longest period of time he spent at a club. In 2001 he moved to Scottish side Motherwell on a free transfer but he failed to break into the first team. He switched clubs the following year, this time to Walsall, but again he played infrequently.

This prompted a move to Swansea City; in his first season Martínez was chosen as the team captain and helped the Welsh side avoid relegation from the Football League. He formed an important part of the team from 2003 to 2006, making 122 league appearances and captaining them to League Two promotion in 2005. He moved to Chester City, again playing as captain, but in 2007 former club Swansea City approached Martínez, offering him the position of manager. He accepted the offer and soon brought success to the team, winning three consecutive Manager of the Month awards. He took Swansea to the League One title in the 2007 08 season, taking them back to England's second tier division after a 24-year absence. Martínez returned to Wigan Athletic in the role of manager in June 2009.

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