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Ángel Martínez

Personal information
Full nameÁngel Martínez Cervera[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-31) 31 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birthGirona, Spain
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubBlackpool
Youth career
UD Sabat
Senior career*
2005–2007Espanyol B27(5)
2009–2010Rayo Vallecano (loan)27(2)
National team
2005Spain U193(0)
2008Spain U213(0)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:55, 29 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Cervera.

Ángel Martínez Cervera (born 31 January 1986 in Girona, Catalonia), known as simply Ángel, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Blackpool as a midfielder.

Club career


A product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, Ángel appeared in seven La Liga games with the first team during the 2006–07 season, the first on 11 March 2007 in a 1–1 away draw against Racing de Santander.[2] He added two appearances in the side's runner-up campaign in the UEFA Cup(two wins).

In the following season Ángel was an important element in the Catalan outfit, scoring in wins at Sevilla FC (3–2)[3] and CA Osasuna (2–1)[4] and finishing the campaign with 28 league games. After Mauricio Pochettino's arrival as coach in January 2009, however, he was deemed surplus to requirements: after a loan move had been arranged until the end of the season with Segunda División club Gimnàstic de Tarragona, the deal collapsed as Espanyol did not sign, as originally intended, Argentine midfielder Oscar Ahumada before the 31st deadline.[5]

For 2009–10 Ángel was loaned to Rayo Vallecano in the second level, in a season-long move. He was a regular for the Madrid outskirts side as it retained its division status.


In late July 2010 Ángel was definitely released by Espanyol, signing with another club in the category, hometown's Girona FC, and sharing teams with his brother José.[6]

He made his official debut on 29 August, playing 68 minutes in a 4–2 home win against CD Tenerife, and started in 25 of his league appearances – totalling nearly 2,000 minutes of play – during the season as the team finished in 11th position.


On 25 July 2011, Ángel signed a two-year contract with English Championship side Blackpool. The deal included an option for a third year.[7] He made his official debut on 11 August in a penalty shootout loss against Sheffield Wednesday for the campaign's League Cup,[8] and first appeared in the league on 27 September, in a 2–2 draw with Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.[9]

Toward the end of the season Ángel became a regular starter for the Seasiders, with manager Ian Holloway saying of him: "He's growing into the country, he's learning to speak English and he's settled down now. Ludovic Sylvestre is really unlucky but I'd be crazy to leave out Ángel. He's almost the first name on the teamsheet at the moment."[10] On 17 April 2012, the day after Holloway's comments, he scored his first goal for the team, in a 1–0 home win over Leeds United.[11]

International career

Ángel made three appearances for the Spanish under-19 team in 2005, adding another three for the under-21's three years later.

Personal life

Ángel's older brother, José, is also a footballer. A defender, he played mainly with Girona, coinciding with his sibling in 2010–11.[6]


External links

  • Blackpool official profile
  • Espanyol official profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Soccerbase
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