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Top facts about Roberto Martinez, El Judas

Roberto Martinez is a retired competitive soccer footballer and current coach. He is the official squad coach of Belgium. Here you can read about the most important facts about Roberto Martinez, the Belgian coach.

Roberto Martinez Montoliu (born July 13, 1973) captured the Football League Third Level and the Football League Title during his tenure there.

Roberto Martinez age

is 48. He played for


in Scotland, then Walsall before signing Swansea City in 2003. In 2005, he was named team captain and led the squad gain promotion to League One. In 2006, he went to Chester City and was named captain for the second time.

He resigned from playing in 2007 to become the coach of

Swansea City

, guiding them to League One advancement as winners. In 2009, he moved to Wigan Athletic, where he helped the team escape demotion for 3 years in a row Wigan were demoted in his fourth term but claimed the FA Cup for the first time in the team's history in 2013. He was appointed coach of Everton at the conclusion of that campaign.

Martinez was fired as their boss in May 2016, then on August 3, 2016, he was named Belgium's coach. Martinez led them to third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their highest finish in the tournament, and has led Belgium to top place in the FIFA World Rankings since 2018.

Top facts about Roberto Martinez:

The first

fact about Roberto Martinez

is that he started his journey as a defending midfield with Real Zaragoza, with whom he claimed the Copa del Rey. He played a year in the Spanish second level with CF Balaguer until joining Wigan Athletic in the England third tier.

Martinez was a consistent first squad participant for 6 years, the maximum amount of time he stayed at one squad, as part of a tiny Spanish group nicknamed as "the three amigos" at the team, with Jess Seba and Isidro Daz.

Roberto Martinez early life

Martinez, who was born in Balaguer, Lleida, Catalonia, started his career in the Tercera División with his hometown club CF Balaguer, where he played his debut professional match for the team's junior squad when he was nine years old.

Speaking about

Roberto Martinez childhood

, it is worth mentioning that he used to see his father play for Balaguer as a kid, and subsequently manage the tiny team that played in Spain's third division.

Those formative years spent watching his father play professional baseball and witnessing the ups and downs that come with it would be important for young Roberto.

Martinez said in his 2008 book, "Roberto: Kicking Every Ball," that his father was "always a passionate competitor who wanted to be a winner." “Throughout my upbringing, I was aware of that mentality.” Before transferring to Real Zaragoza at the age of 16, he played for the club at every level of youth football.

Roberto Martinez personal life

Martinez has a close connection to the United Kingdom, having met his wife Beth when playing for Motherwell in Scotland. They married in 2009, towards the conclusion of his tenure as manager of the city's most illustrious football team.

Their Pomeranian dog Leo served as chief bridesmaid, while ex-Manchester United player Jordi Cruyff served as best man, during their wedding in 2009 at St Joseph's Cathedral in Swansea. Luella and Safiana, their two daughters, were born to them.

An important fact about

Roberto Martinez personal life

is that he hedged his bets early in his career by pursuing a degree in physiotherapy, which he finished while still with

Real Zaragoza

. Martinez went on to Manchester Metropolitan University to get a postgraduate diploma in commercial administration.

Roberto Martinez professional career

Martinez has 21 years of experience as a player and coach at the professional level. His playing career included tenures with Balaguer, Wigan Athletic, Motherwell, Swansea City, and Chester City, before moving into management.

Roberto Martinez club career

Roberto Martinez was formed in the lower categories of CF Balaguer, from which he went to the Real Zaragoza, coming to play a match in the First Division with the professional team, on June 20, 1993, against Atlético de Madrid.

After leaving the Zaragoza, he passed through his hometown club, Balaguer, with which he became runner-up in the Federation Cup.

Wigan Athletic

A notable fact about Roberto Martinez playing career is that in the summer of 1995, together with those who had been his teammates at Real Zaragoza B, Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz, he signed for English Wigan Athletic, giving rise to a partnership that would become known as The Three Amigos.

On his debut, on Matchday 1 of the Third Division against Gillingham, he scored his first goal for his new team. He finished the season as the team's top scorer, with 13 goals, and was included in the Third Division's ideal team of the year.

After rejecting an offer from Sheffield, he renewed his initial two-year contract for four more years, eventually becoming one of Wigan's most iconic players. Proof of this, he was chosen by the team members as the best player in the club's history in a vote held in 2005.

In the time that Martinez remained in the club, he won promotion to Division Two after winning the Third Division in 1997. In total, he wore the Wigan jersey 188 times and scored 17 goals.


In the summer of 2001, he signed for Scottish Motherwell for three years, although he only remained one - in which he played 16 games - due to the bankruptcy of the club. In 2002 he returned to England and signed for Walsall. He only participated in six games, before joining the ranks of Swansea City in January 2003, where he helped save the professional category.

In the Welsh club he remained three more seasons, becoming captain of the team. He played a total of 122 games in which he scored four goals.

Chester City

In the 2005-06 season he signed for Chester City, where he remained until February 2007, when he returned to Swansea City, which required his services as a player-coach. The Welsh club paid 40,000 pounds (54,000 euros) for his signing, which meant, despite keeping the license, the withdrawal of Roberto Martínez as a soccer player.

Roberto Martinez coaching career

Roberto Martinez was unable to play for the rest of the campaign since his transfer to Swansea happened outside of the transfer window. Martinez intended to play football for as long as he could, but he quickly realized he wouldn't be able to completely devote to a player-manager position, and his playing career came to an end at the age of 33. His coaching career started from the day he resigned as a player.

Swansea City

Swansea lost only once in 11 matches under Martinez, offering them an opportunity to qualify for the play-offs on the last day of the 2006–07 campaign, but they were unable to do so after a 6–3 loss at home to



Martinez earned his first Division One Coach of the Month Award in October 2007 after guiding his side to four consecutive league victories, including 5–0 and 4–1 triumph away from home against Leyton Orient and


, respectively.

After a dramatic 3–2 victory versus Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium in December, and a second 4–0 triumph away from home against Doncaster Rovers in January, he won the Trophy for the second time. He was again shortlisted for the February prize, but Carlisle United coach John Ward won it.

Martinez got a new deal with Swansea in April 2008, as the team won League One, earning promotion to the Championship, and he was named League One Manager of the Year in May 2008 for guiding Swansea to the championship.

Martinez presided over Swansea's debut match in England's second tier league in 24 years in the 2008–09 campaign which started badly with a 2–0 loss away at Charlton Athletic.

Swansea's record improved after that, with the club losing just four of their following 30 matches, including a series of crucial league wins versus


and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Martinez also led his club to a 2–0 FA Cup victory against reigning champions


of the Premier League.

An important fact about Roberto Martinez coaching career is that he was connected with various managerial positions during his tenure at Swansea, but he repeatedly maintained that he would definitely quit Swansea as coach if he was "pushed out." As his fame rose, he openly chastised players who left the side for financial reasons or to join bigger teams.

Celtic and Wigan Athletic both requested Swansea for authorization to meet with Martinez about their management openings in June 2009, and Wigan Athletic was given the chance. Martinez was announced as Wigan's next coach on June 15, 2009, after many days of talks. He brought four technical personnel with him.

Martinez agreed to a three-year deal for £1.5 million with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who promised him that his position would be secure for the next three years even if the team was relegated.

Wigan Athletic

Martinez's transfer to Wigan sparked a lot of debate. Many Swansea supporters were disappointed that he decided to quit the team after his earlier statements that he would have to be "driven out," and he was dubbed "El Judas" by certain supporters.

Martinez said that making the choice was tough, but that the chance to coach in the Premier League at the team where he started his British soccer journey was too wonderful to pass up.

On August 15, 2009, he took charge of Wigan's first division match an away match versus

Aston Villa

. Wigan managed to win the match 2–0, marking the first time they had won a Premier League season opener.

However, the club lost 1–0 to freshly risen Wolverhampton Wanderers in his first home game at the DW Stadium, and then went on to lose 5–0 to Manchester United although being 0–0 at halftime. Martinez first year as manager was marked by instability, with home victories versus Chelsea, Liverpool, and


, as well as a string of severe losses.

This featured a 9–1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur on November 22, 2009, which was a club record loss for Wigan and the first time a Premier League team had netted nine goals in a single game since Manchester United defeated Ipswich Town 9–0 in 1995.

A notable

fact about Roberto Martinez

coaching career is that he met his old club Swansea in the League Cup on October 26, 2010. As Wigan won the match 2–0, Martinez got a harsh reaction from Swansea supporters. Martinez rejected declined an offer from Aston Villa for their open management job on June 10, 2011, according to reports.

Wigan endured eight consecutive losses after a promising start to the 2011–12 season, dropping to the lower part of the league Wigan won only 4 matches between August and February, prompting expectations that demotion to the Championship was a certain conclusion.

Wigan's form, on the other hand, improved significantly as the season progressed, with victories over Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Newcastle United, among others.

Wigan finished 15th in the league, seven points clear of relegation, as a result of their amazing late comeback, which included seven victories in nine games. Martinez was also named Premier League Manager of the Month for April 2012.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan announced on May 17, 2012, that


had been granted permission to speak with Martinez about their managerial position. Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Swansea City, was ultimately appointed. Martinez said that he wanted to stay at Wigan because he wanted to leave "a legacy" at the club.

The FA charged Martinez on September 26, 2012, for remarks made following Wigan's 4–0 defeat to Manchester United on September 15, 2012. He said the match referees at Old Trafford favored United and that Danny Welbeck should have been sent off

Martinez guided Wigan to their most fruitful ever FA Cup run in 2012–13, winning the competition for the first time in the history of the club. Martinez guided Wigan to their first Wembley semi-final following a 3–0 away victory over Everton in the quarter-final.

Wigan played Millwall in the FA Cup semi-final on April 13, 2013, and won 2–0 to go to their first ever FA Cup Final. On May 11, they faced Manchester City and won 1–0 thanks to a goal from substitute Ben Watson in the 91st minute, making them the 43rd team to win the FA Cup.

Martinez's Wigan were demoted from the Premier League on 14 May 2013, only three days after winning the FA Cup at Wembley. They had been in the Premier League since 2005, when they were defeated 4–1 by Arsenal.


Martinez was granted authorization to meet with


regarding their open management job on May 28, 2013, according to Wigan owner Dave Whelan. "He (Martinez) believes he is not the guy to take us back into the Premier League," Whelan stated.

Everton director Bill Kenwright had called Whelan a week before asking for authorization to meet with Martinez if negotiations fell down. Whelan claimed he granted consent "immediately" and that Everton should pay approximately £2 million in compensation.

Everton announced Martinez's hiring as the team's 14th coach on June 5, 2013, after reaching to a four-year deal. Everton has also accepted to pay Wigan a £1.5 million settlement payout.  Kenwright had interviewed three applicants from inside his team, with Martinez being the only one contacted while under contract with another team.

Following the departures of several members of David Moyes' former backroom team who accompanied him to Manchester United the same week, Martinez recruited four elements of his Wigan Athletic backroom staff to Everton.

Graeme Jones was named assistant manager, Iaki Bergara was named goalkeeping trainer, Richard Evans was named 'Head of Performance,' and Kevin Reeves, a former England international, was named head scout. Martinez guaranteed that Everton will qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

An important fact about Roberto Martinez coaching career is that on August 17, he drew 2–2 with

Norwich City

in his debut Premier League game as Everton manager. On September 14, Martinez’s first league victory as Everton boss came versus Chelsea.

When Everton defeated West Ham United 3–2 in their following game, Martinez became the club's first boss to go undefeated in his first 6 fixtures, the run did not continue, as Fulham triumphed 2–1 in the third round of the League Cup the next match.

Martinez led Everton to a 1–0 victory away at Sunderland on April 12, 2014, to lift the team to fourth position in the Premier League and give them a squad high seventh consecutive Premier League win, as well as a club best Premier League points total with five games left.

Everton defeated

Manchester United

2–0 at Goodison Park eight days later, making Martinez the first Everton manager to accomplish it since Harry Catterick in the 1969–70 season. After the season, Martinez signed a new five-year deal.

Everton's 2014–15 season was less successful than the previous season, despite finishing fifth. They have only won one of their previous 10 matches by March 2015. The Blues have dropped to 14th place, six points above the relegation zone, after a 2–0 loss at Arsenal.

Everton progressed to the Europa League round of 16 after defeating Young Boys 7–2 on aggregate. Martinez’s team, on the other hand, was eliminated following a 5–2 defeat against Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine.

A noticeable 

fact about Roberto Martinez

is that he was fired by the club on May 12, 2016, while they were in 12th place with one game left. Fans had revolted over his leadership and wanted his resignation after he led them to the semi-finals of both domestic cups that year.


Martinez took over as manager of the Belgian national team on August 3, 2016, replacing Marc Wilmots. On September 1, 2016,


was beaten 2–0 by Spain in Brussels in his debut match as manager.

After a 2–1 victory against Greece, Martinez's Belgians were the first European team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. His squad won all of their group games, and in the round of 16, they came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Japan 3–2.

Belgium beat Brazil 2–1 in the quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals, where they were overcame 1–0 by France. In the third-place play-off, Belgium beat England 2–0 to earn their highest World Cup result ever.

An important fact about Roberto Martinez Belgium career is that in September 2018, he led Belgium to the top of the FIFA World Rankings, which it held until February 2021.

He became the first coach to accomplish so in the 2018 World Cup and at that event after winning his group at Euro 2020. In addition, he holds the record for the most Belgium victories in a single managerial tenure.

Roberto Martinez coaching style

Throughout Swansea City's championship League One season and following ascent to the Premier League, Martinez is frequently credited for developing the club's possession-based manner of approach. 

After Martinez’s move to Wigan, subsequent Swansea coaches such as Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup, and Graham Potter were selected to fit the style of play Martinez had created.

A notable fact about Roberto Martinez coaching style is that he tried a comparable control of the ball style of play with different degrees of success at Wigan and Everton. Martinez credits Johan Cruyff's ideology for influencing his management style.

Roberto Martinez future

Roberto Martinez stepped into defensive mode when asked the subject that had been asked of Frank de Boer, Fernando Santos, Didier Deschamps, and that frequently follows a big-name departure from the Euros. Belgium's golden age may have come to an end in Munich on Friday, but its head coach remains undecided about whether he will follow in their footsteps.

After Belgium's high-calibre but devastating quarter-final elimination to Italians, Martinez remarked, "It's extremely tough to talk about anything other than the disaster and the fact that we are out of the Euros."

“It's still very fresh, and I don't want to express anything emotionally charged.” Now is the time to analyze and evaluate, but the emotions right now are regret and sorrow. That's what's on my mind right now.”

This vague managerial speech is frequently the precursor to an exit – De Boer said nearly the same thing 48 hours before he and the Holland parted ways – and after five years in charge, another tourney near-miss, and a generational rebuild needed, Martinez’s words did not dispel the notion that he and Belgium could be next.

The 47-year-reputation old's is high after leading the Red Devils to the top of the global standings for the last three years, the smallest-populated nation to do so, but the inability of a golden generation of players to win a title during his tenure will sour relations for a long time.

The previous Everton and Wigan boss, who still resides in England's north-west, has been linked with a comeback to the Premier League. He was connected with Barca before they went with Ronald Koeman, his replacement at Goodison Park, and the coaching marketplace isn't exactly flooded with options, as this summer's movements around Europe have shown.

Despite this, Martinez has a stronger bond with Belgium, its Football Association, and its development programs than the majority of his foreign counterparts. Once the pain of loss has gone, a new start may not be so appealing.

Roberto Martinez social media


Roberto Martinez social media

, it should be mentioned that the manager does not like social media, so, he does not have any pages in platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

Roberto Martinez body measurements

Speaking about

Roberto Martinez body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the Belgian coach is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) and weighs 167 lbs (76kg).

Roberto Martinez net worth and salary

Martinez did not have any lucrative contracts during his playing career, but he now has a multi-million dollar contract with Belgium.

Roberto Martinez net worth

has been estimated to be $5 million, according to the most credible sources.

An important fact about Roberto Martinez is that he has a business connection with Swiss wristwatch Hublot, and he often flaunts their watches during his trademark goal celebration of air punching.

Martinez worked as a studio commentator for ESPN's broadcast of the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, the 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Championships, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has also appeared on Sky Sports' Spain soccer show Revista de la Liga on many occasions.

Martinez has also been on BBC's Match of the Day on numerous occasions. Martinez was announced as one of the commentators for CBS Sports Network's coverage of the UEFA Champions League in July 2020.

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