The Manager

José Luis Martí

Pep MartiJosé Luis Martí Soler (born 28 April 1975) is a Spanish retired professional footballer, and the current manager of CD Tenerife. A central midfielder, he was known for his excellent tactical awareness.

He amassed La Liga totals of 336 games and eight goals over the course of 13 seasons, representing in the competition Mallorca (two spells), Tenerife and Sevilla. He won five major titles with the latter, including two UEFA Cups.

Playing career

Early years / Tenerife

Martí was born in Palma, Majorca. Having starting playing professionally with hometown’s RCD Mallorca, making his first-team debuts at the age of already 25 in the 1999–2000 season (one game, one minute against Deportivo Alavés), he switched the following campaign to the Canary Islands, joining CD Tenerife in the second division and being instrumental in the team’s promotion to La Liga.


After Tenerife’s top level relegation, Martí played one more season with the club, then returned to the top flight as he joined Sevilla FC in July 2003, going on to become a regular in the Andalusia side’s exploits in the subsequent years – for instance, as they won back-to-back UEFA Cups, he appeared in 24 matches combined scoring two goals, both through penalties.

In May 2007, Martí extended his contract with Sevilla until 2010. However, having lost his importance in 2007–08, he was loaned to second level team Real Sociedad in January 2008,[6] but the Basques ultimately failed to return to the top level.


33-year-old Martí returned to Mallorca in July 2008, for about €500.000, being an undisputed starter in the first year upon his return and the following, when the Balearic Islands side was edged in the last matchday for the final berth for the UEFA Champions League, precisely by former club Sevilla. Again from the penalty spot he netted his only goal of the season, at Sporting de Gijón on 4 October 2009 (1–4 defeat).

Martín renewed his link on 29 June 2011, until the following year. Still first-choice, the captain saw the team be relegated to the second tier in 2013, the first time in 16 years.

One month after his 40th birthday, Martí announced he would retire from football at the end of the 2014–15 campaign, with Mallorca still in the second division.

Coaching career

On 5 November 2015, Martí was appointed manager of Tenerife, replacing fired Raül Agné.