João Martins (footballer, born 1927)

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João Martins
Personal information
Full name João Baptista Martins[1]
Date of birth (1927-09-03)September 3, 1927[1]
Place of birth Sines, Portugal[1]
Date of death November 16, 1993(1993-11-16) (aged 66)[1]
Place of death France[1]
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Sport Lisboa e Sines
CUF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1959 Sporting CP 204 (131)
National team
1952–1957 Portugal 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

João Baptista Martins (3 September 1927 – 16 November 1993) was a Portuguese footballer.

Club career[change | change source]

He played for Sporting CP for 13 years. During his time with the club, he would win seven Primeira Liga titles and the 1954 Taça de Portugal.[2]

On September 4, 1955, he scored the first-ever goal of the European Cup, in a 3–3 draw against FK Partizan.[3]

International career[change | change source]

Martins won 11 caps for Portugal. He made his debut on November 23, 1952, in a 1–1 draw against Austria.[1]

Later life and death[change | change source]

After retiring, Martins moved to France, and worked in a factory. He died in November 1993 aged 66, due to heart failure.[2][1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "João Martins" (in Portuguese). Sines Município. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roseiro, Bruno (3 June 2017). "Liga dos Campeões. João Martins, o corticeiro alentejano que marcou o primeiro golo da prova em 1955" [Champions League. João Martins, the cork-stripper from Alentejo who scored the competition's first goal in 1955]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. Pimentel, José Nuno (4 September 2019). "O dia em que Sporting e Partizan fizeram história" [The day Sporting and Partizan made history] (in Portuguese). UEFA. Retrieved 25 April 2020.

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