Who is Draw Martínez and why they gave him this nickname: The story of the star archer who went to England when he was young and was a yoga enthusiast. Sharing the team with Messi and Lautaro Martinez, this great goalkeeper knew how to earn his place and today he is the undisputed goalkeeper of the Argentina team.
The Archer of the Moment
He made his debut in June, assuming control of the Argentine national team’s goal and saving three key penalties in the semi-final against Colombia. Damián Emiliano Martínez is on everyone’s lips and Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez tells you his story.
“Look, I like you brother,” he shouted to the Colombian Yerry Mina, then he shot to his left and saved one of the decisive penalties for the Argentine team to enter the final of the Copa América. Damián Emiliano Martínez, better known asdra, was the hero of the Albiceleste game, and he quickly became the highlight of all with his three saved protagonists. The young man from Mar del Plata went to England without knowing the language and turned to yoga and psychology to strengthen his mentality, a month after his debut with the national team, he has taken over the goal.
The Start Of A Great
After playing for the Talleres and San Isidro de Mar del Plata clubs, he joined the Independiente team at age 13. It was in Red that he earned the nickname “Draw” for a well-known character from the series “My family is a drawing” because, as he himself said, “He’s a little red and freckled.” There he met Miguel Ángel Santoro, who was the goalkeeper and glory of the Avellaneda team, and gave him shape.
“Emi was big, somewhat clumsy and without much technique. But through a lot of sacrifice and many tears he was purifying,” said Pepe Santoro. His performance allowed him to enter the Argentina Under-17 National Team José Luis “Tata” Brown, who placed him under three sticks. The runner-up left the game after losing to Brazil on a penalty shoot-out, but scouts from England’s Arsenal were watching.
Came to england
“At 17, the Arsenal people saw him, they wanted to put him to the test and we were there for ten days,” recalled Santoro, who accompanied him. The pass was made in 2009 at a price of 500,000 euros, but there are some clauses if it reached certain goals. At the time, I was 17 years old and I was a little afraid of living far away and I couldn’t speak English.
He spent more than ten years in the London team, where he had to sharpen his mentality, because he always replaced several goalkeepers: the Polish Wojciech Szczesny, the Colombian David Ospina, Petr ech from the Czech Republic and Bernd Leno from Germany. During that time, he was loaned to Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rottham, Wolverhampton and Reading in England and Getafe in Spain. However, Martínez was looking for his opportunity at Arsenal.
In 2020, with Leno’s injury, he opened an opportunity. He played 15 games as a starter and performed well in the two finals the team won last year. Before Chelsea, he stayed in the FA Cup with a score of 2-1 and played Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Psychology, yoga and “Te Como”
Every day before the FA Cup final I had an hour and a half meeting with the Arsenal psychologist. People do not realize how important it is to work the mentality when you play at high performance “, confessed Draw Martinez.
And he detailed: “Normally the players can go towards a red side or a blue side in their mind. In games in which things do not go well for you, you think a lot of negative things, which is the red side of their brain. the final against Chelsea, my mind was always blue. ” Additionally, Martinez began using yoga as an extra activity.
The most valuable
His performance in 2020 set a transfer record for Aston Villa. The Birmingham team paid 20 million pounds (21.5 million euros), making them the most valuable goalkeeper in Argentine history. In turn, he was summoned to the Argentine National Team to participate in the qualifying rounds for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but his debut could only be starred in the match against Chile in June this year, after which he left the Albiceleste goal due to injury.
Martínez is 28 years old this year and just became a father. Today, according to the Transfermarkt website, he is one of the ten most valuable archers in the world (No. 8) with a value of 30 million euros.
Champion of America
Finally ,dra Martinez was consecrated champion of L A CUP AMERICA, achieving the title of the best goalkeeper in the competition and bringing glory to the Argentine people. Together with Leonel Messi they were the determining and outstanding players of the entire cup. Congratulations Champion !!!