Óscar Serrano Rodríguez
Serrano in training with Racing Santander
|Full name||Óscar Serrano Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||30 September 1981|
|Place of birth||Blanes, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Blanes, Girona, Catalonia, Serrano was still playing amateur football already in his 20's but, in July 2004, he went straight out of third division's UE Figueres to the top level with neighbouring RCD Espanyol, for only €18.000, being an important offensive element in his only season (22 starts, 1.933 minutes of action) as the Pericos finished fifth and qualified to the UEFA Cup.
In 2005–06 Serrano moved to Racing de Santander, appearing in 34 matches with three goals in his third year as the Cantabrians achieved a first ever UEFA Cup qualification. A skilled player with a volatile temperament, he was booked an average of 10 times during his first four years, also being sent off in three games.
Serrano played in 33 matches in the 2009–10 season, scoring three times as Racing again maintained its division status. On 25 April 2010, during a home loss against Villarreal CF, he sustained a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury which would sideline him until December; he celebrated his comeback by netting the only goal in a win at RCD Mallorca – in the 90th minute – having taken the pitch two minutes before, but relapsed shortly after, being limited to only four league appearances as his team again managed to stay afloat.
Upon recovering full fitness, Serrano never again regained his starter status. On 24 January 2012 he rescinded his contract with Racing and joined fellow top-divisioner Levante UD, being sent off in his first game, a 0–3 home loss against Valencia CF for the season's Copa del Rey (1–7 on aggregate).
- Serrano estará ocho meses de baja al romperse el ligamento cruzado (Serrano will be eight months out after tearing cruciate ligament); El Diario Montañés, 26 April 2010 (Spanish)
- Mallorca 0–1 Racing Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 12 December 2010
- Serrano se marcha del Racing entre lágrimas y "dolido" (Serrano leaves Racing in tears and "hurt"); El Diario Montañés, 24 January 2012 (Spanish)
- Para Piatti no fue un trámite (Not just another game for Piatti); Marca, 26 January 2012 (Spanish)
- Racing Santander official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Transfermarkt profile