After securing promotion, Genoa has secured its first signing for the upcoming season in Serie A: Josep Martínez. Thus, the goalkeeper is no longer part of RB Leipzig and continues his journey in Italy, where he has found the playing time he didn't have in Germany. The Spanish goalkeeper is one of the pillars of the team thanks to his strong performances between the posts.
Genoa secured promotion to the Italian Serie A and ensured the first signing of the season. Valencian Josep Martínez, originally from Alzira and loaned by Leipzig, will continue to be linked to the Italian team next season due to his contract. The 24-year-old Valencian has been the best goalkeeper in Serie B this season, and his goal is to succeed in Calcio.
In June 2022, Josep Martínez changed teams and leagues. The young goalkeeper confirmed his departure from RB Leipzig to try his luck in Serie A. The Alzira native did not have opportunities in the German team, as he only played three matches that season. Now the goalkeeper embarks on the Genoa project after the Italian club announced his signing: "Josep Martínez is a new player for Genoa. The goalkeeper, raised in Barcelona's youth academy, wore RB Leipzig's shirt last season. He has one cap for the Spanish senior team and three for the U-21 team."
Josep Martínez celebrated with his teammates the first title in RB Leipzig's history. The final match of the German Cup against Freiburg, which ended in a 1-1 draw and was decided on penalties (4-2), was part of the team that achieved this historic milestone.
In November 2021, he had the opportunity to make his debut in the Champions League with his team, Leipzig, against Club Brugge, in the match corresponding to the penultimate round of Group A in the Champions League group stage, replacing the starting goalkeeper who tested positive for coronavirus.
The 2021-2022 academic year started differently for Josep. In the League he has a substitute, but he was more adapted and his new manager, Jesse Marsch, inmediately showed him confidence. In fact, on October 25 before the cup match against Babelsberg, he assured that he had ‘’trained very well’’ and therefore, he deserved the opportunity to prove it, playing. His team went through the tie without conceding goals.
However, the summer of 2021 will be hard to forget for Josep Martínez. He is part of the Spanish under-21 team and disputes the European Championsship in Hungary and Slovenia, in witch the national team reaches the semifinals. Also, he lived one of the most important days of his career.
The absolute Spanish National Team had a friendly match against Lithuania in Leganés, but Sergio Busquets had tested positive for Covid and Luis Enrique´s players had to quarantine. That match was played by the U-21 team and in the 68th minute, Josep Martínez came onto the field to replace his teammate Álvaro Fernández. The final result was 4-0 in favor of the Spanish team..
In January 2020 he announced his signing, although Josep would stay until June 30 on loan in Gran Canaria.
From the beginning, he has started teaching German. He is very involved in his new team, but also was in UD. Despite this, injuries and Covid made the situation a bit difficult. In the summer of 2020, the competition resumes, Las Palmas plays in the League, but RB Leipzig has to play in Champions and claims Josep, who goes to Portugal after playing his last two duels.
His firts weeks with the German team '' were a bit different'' as it was ''a new country'' for him and a new culture, very different from Spain's culture. His coach then, Julian Nagelsmann admits that he needs to adapt and in the firts few months he's the team's third goalkepper, although it does nor take long fot him to be summoned. That course only plays the last league game against Herta Berlin,
Against Lugo, a direct rival, Josep makes his firts star as a professional and they win 4-1.It is April 28 of 2019, and at the duel, he claims to hace ''enjoyed himself like a child''. Until the end of the season, in another 6 matches, Josep maintains the confidence of his coach. They have played 7 matches in the Second Division, hace won three and tied another two, conceding only 8 goals, for the 42 that UD had. During those months everything is good news. The football Fraft Technical Committee chooses him among the 55 best young players in Spanish under-21 and becomes and official member of the Las Palmas first team.
In the summer of 2017, Josep changes his mind and joins the ranks of the Union Deportiva Las Palmas to play for it's subsidiary. The sports management of the Canarian team highlights ''his great projection'' as well as ''his aerial game and great command with his feet''.
In his second year in Gran Canaria, he became indisputable in the reserve team and became UD's third goalkeeper. His perfomances in the subsidiary are relevant, but first team has problems. Three coaches pass through Las Palmas that season and the last of them, Pepe Mel, will change the career of Josep Martínez.
On match day 34, UD plays for relegation and loses 0-3 against Cádiz. That day, the started goalkeeper, Raúl Fernandez, suffered a double injury that would keep him off the field for 3 months. Nauzet Pérez was the one who was going to replace him, but he did not convince in the following match in Albacete 4-2 and Mel made an important decision : Put Josep Martínez as goalkeeper
His second season at La Masia is not fuly satisfactory because he suffers two major injuries, especially a broken hand.Even that, he receives and exciting call at the beginning of April 2016:he is summoned by the Spanish under-18 team.
Josep arrived at Barça in 2015. His first year he played in youth B, while in the second he even played two games in the youth league, the Champions League of the category, he started in the division of honor and even did the preseason with the first team
He started playind football at a young age at the Unión Deportiva Alzira. It didn't take long for him to stand out and attract the attention of important teams. Being a first-year youth, a scout from FC Barcelona is advised to watch him play live. He goes and recommends to the leaders of the Campo Nou the ''immediate incorporation'' of Josep Martínez . In principle he will be on trial for five days, but before the finish, he has already convinced the Barça Team.
Josep Martínez Riera(05/27/1998) was born in the Valencia towns of Alzira. He currently belongs to RB Leipzig and before that he was at UD Alzira, FC Barcelona and Union Deportiva Las Palmas. He is an absolute international with Spanish Nacional Team
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November 11, 2023
In 2020, Spanish goalkeeper Josep Martínez left Las Palmas for RB Leipzig in pursuit of the Champions League. Despite being considered a promising talent, a lack of playing time led him to Genoa in Serie B last year, where he now stands out as a leader in Serie A.
Martínez, nurtured in the FC Barcelona youth academy, took a turn after his stint with Las Palmas in 2019. After a brief period with RB Leipzig, he was loaned to Genoa in July 2022. In 'Calcio,' he excelled as the starting goalkeeper, securing promotion to Serie A and being named the best goalkeeper in Serie B.
Genoa exercised the purchase option for €3.5 million, and Martínez, whose contract expires in 2024, is delivering a standout performance this season in Serie A. His performance will determine his future, but his emotional connection with the coastal city will endure. This Friday, he hopes to play his 11th match against Hellas Verona, a direct rival for Serie A survival.
May 9, 2023
Source: Super Deporte
Genoa achieved promotion to the Italian Serie A and secured their first signing of the season. Valencian Josep Martínez, originally from Alzira and on loan from Leipzig, is guaranteed to remain with the Italian team next season due to their promotion. The Valencian has been the best goalkeeper in Serie B this season and his goal is to succeed in Calcio at the age of 24.
Josep was born in Alzira in 1998 and grew up playing for his local team until he caught the attention of Barcelona scouts. His next move was to the reserve team and then to Las Palmas’ first team. In 2020, RB Leipzig paid 2.5 million euros for his transfer.
June 29, 2022
Source: Super Deporte
Josep Martínez is changing teams and leagues. The young goalkeeper has confirmed his departure from RB Leipzig to try his luck in Serie A. The Alzira native didn't have much playing time at the German club, as he only played three matches this season.
Now, the goalkeeper joins Genoa's project after the Italian club announced his signing: 'Josep Martínez is the new player of Genoa. The goalkeeper, developed in Barcelona's youth academy, wore RB Leipzig's jersey in the last season. He has one senior international appearance for Spain and three with the U-21 national team.'
On June 8, 2021
Source: Tinta Amarilla
This Tuesday, the former UD Las Palmas player Josep Martínez became the new absolute international for Spain. It happened in the friendly math against Lithuania (4-0) played in Leganes.
Busquets after testing positive for covid,the entire football team had to quarantine. That fact made the RFEF to look for an alternative for the agreed friendly and that FIFA forced to play.
On January 22 , 2020
It's official. As MARCA announced, Josep Martínez will play for RB Leipzig. Las Palmas has made it official this morning. The agreement will become effective from next season, so Josep continue in Las Palmas until the end of the course.
Despite the fact that Las Palmas has not wanted to make the financial agreement public, MARC knows that RB Leipzig will pay 2.5 million euros plus variables.
On August 13,2020
In the month of July he was still playing with Las Palmas. Today he is feeling like a member of the RB Leipzig. Without rest, sacrificing their vacations for the Champions League and for showing his team that they didn’t make a mistake when last January the paid out 2.1 million, considering him to be the young goalkeeper with the most projection in Europe. It's Josep Martínez an impossible dream for Atlético in his youth days at Alzira, when Barcelona went ahead. Today they cross paths again.
on Novembre 18, 2020
Yesterday the Spanish soccer teamwom again, this time 3-0 against Israel. Has now accumulated five games without conceding a goal, all thanks to Josep, who since his debut with Luis de la fuente’s team, last September 3 against North Macedonia, where he saved the penalty. He has played three games in which he has kept his team’s goal to 0. In total he has accumulated 270 consecutive minutes
The ex member of Barça’s team, began to be summoned by the coach more than a year ago, when he played in Las Palmas, but it has been this season where he has begun to have more minutes to play. In which he himself has been in charge of extending his unbeaten streak.
On August 16,2019
Source: U.D. Las Palma
The award for a meteoric projection. Josep Martínez has something special and they have been able to verify that not only at UD Las Palmas, but also throughout the country. The Valencian goalkeeper, who came to Las Palmas from FC Barcelona. Josep will start the season as a starter in the Second Division, but the first positive news has reached him even before it started: He is on the pre-list for the U-21 team.
July 19, 2017
Source: El Diario
Valencian goalkeeper Josep Martínez Riera, who comes from the youth academy of FC Barcelona, joins Las Palmas Atlético for the 2017-2018 season in the Segunda División B, as announced by the club on Wednesday.
The new goalkeeper for the yellow reserve team, born 19 years ago in Alzira (Valencia), played last season for Barcelona's youth team, and will compete for the position with Andalusian Benito del Valle and local player Álex Guanche, who is training with the first team during this preseason under the guidance of Manolo Márquez.
On June 10,2015
Source: Las provincias
Valencian goalkeeper Josep Martínez Riera from the Football Club Barcelona academy joins Las Palmas Atlético for the 2017-2018 season in Second Division, as Las Palmas announced on Wednesday. .
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