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Paco Gento
Personal information
Full name Francisco Gento López
Date of birth 21 October 1933 (1933-10-21) (age 76)
Place of birth Guarnizo, Spain
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
Nueva Montaña
Astillero
Rayo Cantabria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 Racing Santander 10 (2)
1953–1971 Real Madrid 428 (126)
1952–1971 Total 438 (128)
National team
1956 Spain B 1 (0)
1955–1969 Spain 43 (5)
Teams managed
Castilla
1974 Castellón
1977–1980 Palencia
1980–1981 Granada
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francisco "Paco" Gento López (born 21 October 1933 in Guarnizo, Cantabria) is a former Spanish football player.

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Biography

He débuted in the Primera División with Racing Santander in the 1952–53 season. In the following year, he signed for Real Madrid and became a legendary player of that club, in the number 11 shirt.

La Galerna del Cantábrico (The Storm of Cantabria), as he was known, played outside left and was noted not only for having great speed (he used to be an athlete in his youth and could run 100 metres in 11 seconds flat and was almost as quick with a ball at his feet), but also for his skills with the ball and his relatively high scoring capabilities given his position. He captained a young side, known in Spain as Ye-yé, because of the popularity of The Beatles at that time.

Among other honours, he won the European Cup a record 6 times with Real Madrid (an unmatched record), scoring 30 goals in 89 European Cup career matches. He also played for Spain from 1955 to 1969, winning 43 caps and scoring 5 times.

He has played in 8 European Cup finals (6–2 record) (with a "ninth" appearance in the 1970–1971 Cup Winners' Cup final that Real Madrid lost to Chelsea); a record jointly held with AC Milan's Paolo Maldini (with an inferior 5-3 record). Gento's legendary Real Madrid teammate, Alfredo Di Stéfano (5–2 record) comes third with 7.

After he retired from football in 1971, he decided to take up coaching. He took charge of various lower-league teams, such as Castilla, Castellón, Palencia, and Granada. In the end, he accepted a post working as an ambassador for Real Madrid throughout Europe.

Gento has two younger brothers called Julio (born in 1939) and Antonio (born in 1940) that also are former footballers and both played for Real Madrid but they were not as successful as their older brother Francisco.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 1959 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Poland 3–0 3–0 1960 European Nations' Cup Round of 16
2. 2 April 1961 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  France 2–0 2–0 International Friendly
3. 30 October 1963 Windsor Park , Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 0–1 1964 European Nations' Cup Round of 16
4. 23 June 1966 Riazor, A Coruña, Spain  Uruguay 1–1 1–1 International Friendly
5. 31 May 1967 San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain  Turkey 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying

Statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Total
1952–53 Racing Santander Primera División 10 2 - - 10 2
1953–54 Real Madrid Primera División 17 0 4 0 21 0
1954–55 24 6 3 0 27 6
1955–56 29 7 6 3 35 10
1956–57 27 7 2 0 29 7
1957–58 28 7 5 1 33 8
1958–59 21 7 5 2 26 9
1959–60 27 14 5 2 32 16
1960–61 28 9 8 3 36 12
1961–62 25 6 9 4 34 10
1962–63 25 7 4 1 29 8
1963–64 24 12 2 0 26 12
1964–65 23 4 3 0 26 4
1965–66 28 10 3 2 31 12
1966–67 20 11 5 0 25 11
1967–68 24 8 0 0 24 8
1968–69 26 8 2 1 28 9
1969–70 25 3 5 1 30 4
1970–71 7 0 2 0 9 0
Total Spain 438 128 73 20 511 148
Career Total 438 128 73 20 511 148

Honours

Real Madrid

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Simple English

Francisco Gento
Personal information
Full name Francisco Gento López
Date of birth 21 October 1933 (1933-10-21) (age 77)
Place of birth    Guarinzo, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1952-1953
1953-1971
Racing Santander
Real Madrid
National team
1955-1969 Spain

Francisco Gento is a former football player. He has played for Spain national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del ReyTotal
1952-53Racing SantanderLa Liga102-102
1953-54Real MadridLa Liga17040210
1954-5524630276
1955-5629763359
1956-5727720297
1957-5828751338
1958-5921752269
1959-602715523217
1960-61289833612
1961-62256943410
1962-6325741298
1963-642412202612
1964-6523430264
1965-662810323112
1966-672011502511
1967-6824800248
1968-6926821289
1969-7025451305
1970-71702090
CountrySpain 4381307320511150
Total 4381307320511150

International career statistics

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Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
195510
195610
195770
195820
195951
196040
196161
196260
196331
196400
196500
196631
196721
196820
196910
Total435

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