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Abel Resino
Personal information
Full name Abel Resino González
Date of birth 2 February 1960 (1960-02-02) (age 49)
Place of birth Velada, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club None
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 CD Toledo
1980–1982 Ciempozuelos
1982–1986 Atlético B
1986–1995 Atlético Madrid 243 (0)
1995–1996 Rayo Vallecano 21 (0)
National team
1991 Spain 2 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Ciudad Murcia
2007 Levante UD
2008–2009 Castellón
2009 Atlético Madrid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Abel Resino González (born 2 February 1960 in Velada, Toledo), sometimes just Abel, is a former Spanish footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

Nicknamed El Gato[1] due to his reflexes.


Playing career

Abel arrived at Club Atlético de Madrid in 1986 from lowly CD Ciempozuelos, but would have to wait five years (four of those spent with the reserve side) to become first-choice. He went on to amass over 300 overall appearances for the club, helping to back-to-back Spanish Cups.

Abel held the record for the longest clean sheet in the Spanish first division, at 1,275 minutes, finally being beaten by Luis Enrique of Sporting de Gijón on 19 March 1991. This record was also the European record in a single season until 2009, when Dutch Edwin van Der Sar from Premier League side Manchester United broke it, against Fulham FC.[2]

Leaving the colchoneros precisely before the team's 1995–96 double, Abel closed out his career after one season with Madrid neighbours Rayo Vallecano, helping it retain its league status. He played in two 1991 friendlies with Spain, the first being on 27 March, a 2–4 defeat to Hungary.

Coaching career

After retiring, Resino returned to Atlético, in different periods and capacities (goalkeeper coach, sporting director[1]). In 2005, he started his coaching career, with second division's Ciudad de Murcia, leading it to a near-top level promotion, finishing fourth.

Resino's next stop was Levante UD[3](which had in fact promoted the previous season). After taking charge midway through the season, replacing Juan Ramón López Caro, he helped the team avoid relegation, and had his link renewed.[4] However, seven games (and six losses) into the following campaign, he was sacked.[5]

After one 1/2 solid seasons in the second level with CD Castellón, Resino returned to Atlético, replacing released Javier Aguirre in February 2009, and helping the club to exactly the same place as the previous year, with UEFA Champions League qualification, after which he extended his contract.[6]

On 23 October 2009, Resino was fired following a poor string of results - only one win in the league from seven outings, the culmination being the 0–4 group stage loss at Chelsea FC for the Champions League.[7][8]





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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Spain Juan Carlos Ablanedo
Zamora Trophy
Succeeded by
Spain Francisco Buyo


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