Odisha FC have successfully signed Pedro José Martín Moreno on a one-year deal for the upcoming 2022/23 season.
The Spaniard has more than 340 career appearances for a range of clubs in Spain, 126 appearances in LaLiga 2, 12 appearances in the prestigious Copa Del Rey, and three appearances in the UEFA Europa League, as well as winning it in 2011-12.
Pedro was born in Málaga, Andalusia, Pedro started playing football with his hometown’s Málaga CF, joining Atlético Madrid in 2008 at the age of 16. After two years in the youth academy, he made his senior debut with the C team in the Tercera División and, after a good first year, he was called by first-team manager Gregorio Manzano for the 2011–12 pre-season, going on to score six goals.
Pedro made his debut with the Colchoneros’ first team on December 8, 2011, replacing Pizzi midway through the second half of a 1–2 Copa del Rey defeat at Albacete Balompié (1–3 on aggregate). On March 21, of the following year, also at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte but with Atlético B, he scored in the last minute for a 2–1 win.
Diego Simeone called Pedro for various matches later in the season, as he continued to appear and score with the reserves. His first appearance in LaLiga came on April 29, 2012, coming on for Tiago in the last minute of a 2–2 away draw against Real Betis. On May 9, he received a UEFA Europa League winner’s medal following Atlético’s victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Pedro moved to various clubs across Spain, Mirandes, CD Tenerife, Celta Vigo, Real Murcia, Lleida Esportiu, Gimnastic, Atletico Sanluqueno to name a few before moving to the Juggernauts.
Pedro Martin is a veteran with a lot of experience at the top flight in Spain and is a brilliant addition to the team.