Our forecast for the upcoming Champions League game:
Player in focus (Toni Martinez):
Toni Martinez, a forward for Famalicao in the Primeira Liga, was born on June 30, 1997 in Barrio del Progreso, Spain. He began his football career at the Real Murcia football school, but later joined the Valencia youth academy in 2013.
The Spanish player signed with West Ham United in April 2016 after scoring two goals in 16 games with Valencia B. He was transferred for approximately £2.4 million. However, he did not play any matches in the Premier League for the Hammers and was immediately loaned out to Oxford United.
Toni Martinez has had stints with various teams, including Real Valladolid, Rayo Majadahonda, and Lugo while on loan, before joining Famalicao in 2019 on a three-year contract. He played his first game for the Azuis e Brancos on August 3, 2019, where they suffered a 2-0 loss to Covilha in the Taca da Portugal. Additionally, Toni Martinez has represented the Spain U19 team twice.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Established in 1880, Antwerp is among the most ancient clubs in Belgium. At Bosuilstadion, with a capacity of 16,144, the Great Old hosts their opponents. Antwerp is renowned for their red home uniforms, while they don white shirts and jerseys for away games.
In recent years, Antwerp has attempted to narrow the distance between Belgian powerhouses Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have not been able to secure a championship win in recent times. The team last won a domestic trophy in 1929, and went on to repeat this achievement two years later. They also claimed titles in 1944 and 1957.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.