Adrián Escudero

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Adrián Escudero
Personal information
Full name Adrián Escudero García
Date of birth (1927-11-24)24 November 1927
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 7 March 2011(2011-03-07) (aged 83)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Banco Hispano Americano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945 Mediodía
1945–1958 Atlético Madrid 330 (150)
National team
1949 Spain B 1 (1)
1952–1956 Spain 3 (1)
Teams managed
1963 Atlético Madrid
1968 Badajoz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Escudero and the second or maternal family name is García.

Adrián Escudero García (24 November 1927 – 7 March 2011) was a Spanish footballer who played as a striker.

He was the all-time leading goalscorer for Atlético Madrid with 170 goals, having appeared for the club in 13 La Liga seasons, and more than 350 official games.

Club career[edit]

Escudero arrived at Atlético Madrid in late 1945, from local amateurs Club Deportivo Mediodía. He ended his first season in La Liga with ten games and two goals, but netted in double digits in eight of the following ten seasons, most notably contributing with 28 goals combined as the Colchoneros won back-to-back national championships, in the early 1950s.

On 8 March 1953, Escudero scored Atlético's 1000th goal in the top division, in a 2–3 away loss against Celta de Vigo, through a penalty kick.[1] At the end of 1957–58, he did not have his contract renewed and decided to retire from football, aged only 30. He scored 170 league goals in 287 matches with his only professional club, a best-ever.

Escudero continued working with Atlético de Madrid in the following years, first as youth team coach, then as assistant manager. After the sacking of Rafael García Repullo (his former teammate) early into the 1963–64 season, he was an interim for one round, a 1–2 loss at Valencia CF on 29 December 1963.

Escudero died on 7 March 2011 in his hometown of Madrid, at the age of 83.[1]

International career[edit]

Escudero gained three caps for Spain in three 1/2 years, his debut coming on 7 December 1952 in a friendly with Argentina, played in Madrid (0–1 loss).

In his only official appearance, on 17 March 1954, he scored against Turkey for the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The third playoff match ended 2–2 in Rome, and the Spaniards were eliminated after a drawing of lots.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 March 1954 Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy  Turkey 2–2 2–2 1954 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

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