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Marcos Alonso
Personal information
Full name Marcos Alonso Peña
Date of birth 1 October 1959 (1959-10-01) (age 50)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Racing Santander 51 (5)
1979–1982 Atlético Madrid 90 (10)
1982–1987 Barcelona 124 (28)
1987–1989 Atlético Madrid 29 (2)
1989–1990 Logroñés 8 (1)
1990–1991 Racing Santander
National team
1979 Spain U19 1 (0)
1979 Spain U20 3 (0)
1978 Spain U21 3 (0)
1980–1982 Spain U23 2 (0)
1979–1983 Spain amateur 9 (1)
1980 Spain B 3 (0)
1981–1985 Spain 22 (1)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Rayo Vallecano
1996–1998 Racing Santander
1998–2000 Sevilla
2000–2001 Atlético Madrid
2002 Zaragoza
2005–2006 Valladolid
2006 Málaga
2008 Granada 74
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marcos Alonso Peña (born 1 October 1959 in Santander, Cantabria) is a former Spanish footballer and a current coach.

Simply Marcos in his playing days, he played mainly as a right winger, but appeared also as a forward.

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Club career

After passing unsuccessfully through Real Madrid's youth ranks, Marcos made his first division debuts for hometown's Racing Club de Santander, still not aged 18, and being already an automatic first-choice by his second professional season.

His reputation continued to grow at Atlético Madrid, and he was, at the time, the country's most expensive signing, when FC Barcelona paid 150 million pesetas for his services, in 1982. In his first year, six goals in 30 matches in the league, and also an injury time header against Real Madrid in the season's cup final (2–1 win).

However, Marcos was also one of four Barça players who failed to find the net in the 1985–86 European Cup final against FC Steaua Bucureşti, in a penalty shootout loss, as goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam saved all taken attempts.[1]

He retired in 1991, after an unassuming return at Atlético Madrid, and after helping first club Racing return to the second level. Subsequently, Marcos became a coach: in his first experience, he led lowly Rayo Vallecano to a first-ever win at Real Madrid in the latter's ground (2–1), managing Sevilla FC afterwards (one promotion followed by immediate relegation).

In the 2000s, Alonso managed Atlético Madrid (second division, no promotion), Real Zaragoza, Real Valladolid, Málaga CF and Granada 74 CF.

International career

Marcos gained 22 caps for Spain, the first coming on March 25, 1981, in a 2–1 friendly win in England. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1984, as it finished second.

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International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 June 1985 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1–2 1–2 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

FC Barcelona

Personal

Marcos' father, Marcos Alonso Imaz, was also a footballer. He represented Real Madrid in the 60's. His son, Marcos Alonso Mendoza, also played in the club's youth system, and represented Spain at U19 level.[2]

References

  1. ^ Duckadam inspires Steaua; UEFA.com, 18 April 2006
  2. ^ Spain unveil provisional party; UEFA.com, 30 June 2009

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