Diego Martínez (footballer, born 1981)

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Diego Martínez
Personal information
Full name Diego Alfonso Martínez Balderas
Date of birth (1981-02-15) 15 February 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth México D.F., México
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Club Necaxa 147 (17)
2006–2012 Guadalajara 62 (3)
2007 Morelia (loan) 21 (0)
2008 U.A.N.L. (loan) 19 (0)
2009 C.F. Monterrey (loan) 15 (0)
2010 San Luis (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011 Veracruz (loan) ? (0)
2011 La Piedad (loan) 0 (0)
2013 Querétaro 0 (0)
National team
2003–2009 Mexico 12 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2009

Diego Alfonso Martínez Balderas (born February 15, 1981 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a former football defender.


Martínez made his debut in the Invierno 2001 season with Necaxa. His ability to attack made him a fan favorite and quickly earned him a starting position. He signed with Chivas in 2006, where he immediately became an important part of the team. Martínez usually played in the right wingback position with Chivas, providing the team with crosses and through passes in the attack. However, he excelled more in his defending duties.

Martínez lost favor with Chivas and was sent out on loan with various teams such as Morelia, Tigres, C.F. Monterrey, San Luis, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, and most recently CF La Piedad, until July 2012, when he received a second shot with Chivas, which included Diego in the squad for the next Apertura tournament. He was then released from his contract and he signed with Querétaro. He was only featured in the Copa MX. After his release of yet another team, Martínez chose to retire. In 2014 he joined an organization named Glorias del Deporte, aimed to get kids to play football and get away from drugs. He is one of the head coaches, and the organization travels all over Mexico.

International career

Martínez has played in several national Mexican youth teams, and was captain of the Mexican National U-23 Team during the 2004 Olympic Trials. He received his first summons for the senior Mexico national team in 2003. Martínez was called upon by former Mexico national team coach Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe on several occasions in search for the team that would play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. March 10, 2004 Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico  Ecuador 2–1 Win Friendly
2. March 31, 2004 Carson, United States  Costa Rica 2–0 Win Friendly
3. October 26, 2005 Guadalajara, Mexico  Uruguay 3–1 Win Friendly

International caps

As of 28 January 2009

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