Demichelis: Career profile
- 01 September 2013 21:15
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Argentine defender Martin Demichelis became City’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window.
The 32-year old only joined Atletico Madrid as a free agent earlier this summer and was yet to make a competitive appearance for the La Liga side.
Demichelis began his career at River Plate and made his debut on 2 September 2001 in a game against Estudiantes de La Plata.
A year into Demichelis’s spell as a first-teamer with Los Millonarios, Manuel Pellegrini was appointed manager and together they lifted the 2003 Argentine Primera División title – one of two Martin won at Estadio Monumental.
After 51 appearances in his homeland, Demichelis joined Bayern Munich where he has spent the majority of his career, making more than 200 appearances between 2003 and 2010
During the course of this seven-year spell, Martin won four Bundesliga titles, four German cups and two German League cups.
His one piece of unfinished business from his glittering career may be the UEFA Champions League which he claimed a runners-up medal in with the Bavarian giants in 2009/10.
City’s new acquisition started the final against Jose Mourinho’s Inter but could not prevent a 2-0 defeat courtesy of two goals by his compatriot Diego Milito.
Demichelis became one of Pellegrini’s first signings for Malaga in December 2010 after accepting an offer to renew his working relationship with the Chilean who took over a month before.
After qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, the South American duo took Europe by storm in 2012/13, reaching the quarter-finals against all of the odds - only going out to a late and highly controversial goal from eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Although goal-scoring is hardly what Martin is best known for, the Justiniano Posse-born defender did get Malaga on their way in that remarkable run with the club’s first-ever Champions League goal - the opener in a 2-0 play-off win over Panathinaikos.
He turned out on 87 occasions for Los Boquerones before joining Atletico Madrid on a free transfer on 10 July 2013.
On the international scene, Martin has won 37 caps for Argentina, scoring two goals.
Although he was named in Argentina’s Confederations Cup Squad in 2005, he never made it off the bench, meaning he won his first Albiceleste cap in a 3-2 friendly defeat to England later that year.
Martin wasn’t included in the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany but he did appear in every game of the 2010 edition in South Africa, scoring the winning goal against Greece in the group stages.