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Carlos Marchena
Personal information
Full name Carlos Marchena López
Date of birth 31 July 1979 (1979-07-31) (age 30)
Place of birth    Seville, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Valencia
Number 5
Youth career
Sevilla
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1997–2000
2000–2001
2001–
Sevilla
Benfica
Valencia
068 0(1)
020 0(2)
223 0(7)   
National team2
1999
1999–2001
2000
2002–
Spain U20
Spain U21
Spain U23
Spain
007 0(0)
017 0(0)
005 0(0)
056 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 March 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18 November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Football
Silver 2000 Sydney Team Competition

Carlos Marchena López (born 31 July 1979 in Seville, Andalusia) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Valencia CF and the Spanish national team, being a regular first-team choice for both squads.

Mainly a central defender with an aggressive approach, he can also pitch in as a defensive midfielder.

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Club career

Marchena started his professional career in hometown club Sevilla FC at the age of 18, when the club was playing in the Spanish second division. In 1999–2000, he made his top flight debut, playing the entire match in a 2–2 home draw with Real Sociedad on 22 August 1999.

When Sevilla was relegated again at the end of the season, Marchena earned a transfer to Portugal's S.L. Benfica, where he did sufficiently well to catch the eye of top club Valencia CF, who were in need to provide cover for their aging centre-back Miroslav Đukić. Marchena signed a four-year contract, which involved a swap-deal, with Zlatko Zahovič moving in the opposite direction. While Marchena took a while in his first season to impress (16 appearances), as Valencia clinched their first title in 30 years, he gradually became first-choice.

In the 2003–04 season, with Valencia capturing a historic league and UEFA Cup double, Marchena played a pivotal role in defense, teaming up with Roberto Ayala. This polished performance led to his selection for the Spanish national team for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament.

2004–05 was not a very successful season for Valencia, as under new coach Claudio Ranieri, the team struggled both domestically and in European tournaments. In a UEFA Champions League first-round match against SV Werder Bremen at the Mestalla stadium, he was also given his marching orders in the final minutes of the match, and Valencia was eliminated from the elite competition. Marchena remained a regular at both defensive positions.

During the Champions League match against Inter Milan on 6 March 2007, Marchena was involved in the on-pitch melee sparked by his teammate David Navarro. Marchena appeared to kick Inter defender Nicolás Burdisso after an angry exchange of words. After Navarro punched the Argentine's nose, a scuffle took place with several of Burdisso's teammates chasing Navarro all the way into the dressing room.

Consequently, Marchena, Navarro and several other Inter players involved were later charged with "gross unsporting conduct" by UEFA after the investigation.[1] Both clubs were fined ₤106,000 while Marchena was banned for four games. After Euro 2008, Marchena was selected by Valencia teammates as new team captain, although he missed the first two months of the new season due to injury.

International career

Marchena first appeared internationally for Spain in the youth squad alongside Xavi and Iker Casillas, winning the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was also on the roster for the 2000 Olympic U-23 squad, and won the silver medal.

Marchena made his senior team debut on 21 August 2002, playing in a testimonial match for Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskás in Budapest, just after the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Subsequently, he was part of the nation's squads at UEFA Euro 2004, where he was chosen at the last minute by then coach Iñaki Sáez as a strategic move to bolster his squad defensively. While Spain did not do well in the tournament and bowed out in the early stages, he did manage two appearances, although he did also picked up two yellow cards while doing so.

Marchena was also picked for the 2006 World Cup squad. However, he was not a regular starter and only featured in the last first-round game against Saudi Arabia. He was called up by Luis Aragonés again for Euro 2008, this time as undisputed starter, having also featured prominently in the qualifying stages. With Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos and Joan Capdevila, Marchena formed a rock-solid defense and conceded only two goals in five games, his hard work and man-marking skills earning him a spot in the team of the tournament.

Under new coach Vicente del Bosque, Marchena has remained a regular, often partnering with Puyol. He was called up for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup,[2] but was rested for the first match.

International Goals [3]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 June 2005 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 – 1 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 26 June 2008 Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece  Greece 1 – 1 2–3 International Friendly

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Simple English

Carlos Marchena
Personal information
Full name Carlos Marchena López
Date of birth 31 July 1979 (1979-07-31) (age 31)
Place of birth    Seville, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Valencia
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
1997-2000
2000-2001
2001-
Sevilla
Benfica
Valencia
National team
2002-2009 Spain

Carlos Marchena (born 31 July 1979) is a Spanish football player. He plays for Valencia and Spain national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
1997/98SevillaSegunda División170
1998/99181
1999/00La Liga320
PortugalLeague
2000/01BenficaPortuguese Liga202
SpainLeague
2001/02ValenciaLa Liga161
2002/03260
2003/04312
2004/05322
2005/06250
2006/07220
2007/08280
2008/09261
2009/10
CountrySpain 2737
Portugal 202
Total 2939

International career statistics

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
200230
200390
200490
200561
200610
2007101
2008100
200980
Total562

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