Edmundo Suárez

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Mundo
Personal information
Full name Edmundo Suárez Trabanco
Date of birth (1916-01-22)January 22, 1916
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Date of death December 14, 1978(1978-12-14) (aged 62)
Place of death Spain
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Kakaleku
Lejona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935-1936 Athletic Bilbao 1 (0)
CD Logroñes
Ejército de recuperación de Levante
1939-1950 Valencia CF 210 (186)
1950-1951 CD Alcoyano 21 (9)
National team
1941-1942 Spain 3 (3)
Teams managed
1951-1952 Hércules CF
?? CF Gandia
1954-1956 Real Zaragoza
1956-1957 UE Lleida
?? Cultural Leonesa
1958-1959 Sporting Gijón
1959-1960 Real Zaragoza
1960 Xerez CD
1960-1961 Barakaldo CF
1964-1965 Valencia CF
1966-1968 Valencia CF
1970 Real Murcia
1971 Levante UD
?? CD Mestalla
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edmundo Suárez Trabanco (January 22, 1916 - December 14, 1978) was a Spanish football player and coach - known as Mundo. He was born in Baracaldo. He played center-forward for Valencia CF for most of his career except for his last season where he played with CD Alcoyano.

Mundo is a legend for Valencia CF because he scored the highest number of league goals for team in its history twice winning the trophy for the top goal scorer. He is the fifth highest scoring player in the history of the Spanish league, only surpassed by men of the calibre of Zarra, Alfredo di Stéfano, Isidro Vagrant and Ferenc Puskás

His great physical strength and strong will allowed him to dominate Spanish football during the 1940s. Along with Epi, Amadeo, Asensi and Gorostiza, he formed an electric front line that transformed Valencia CF into a winning team.

He played with various amateur teams in his native Basque Country, but the civil war changed his career completely. He was on contract to Athletic Club but as this acquisition was made in republican territory it was not considered valid by the pro-Franco state which remained in power after the Spanish Civil war. In 1939, the pro-Franco army created a team, the Recovery of Levante, taken from the one which was formed from diverse players who had fought in the military region of Levante. Said team was chosen by Valencia CF to debut after the civil war. The Valencia CF after seeing it in action did not waste the opportunity and acquired it.

After this over-elaborate acquisition, Mundo stayed in Valencia for eleven seasons between 1939–40 and 1949-50. During his career, he was a high-scoring player obtaining an average of 0.92 goals per game during his career with Valencia CF. He was also awarded the Pichichi Trophy (top scoring player) in the seasons 1941-1942 and 1942-1943 with 27 and 28 goals respectively.

After a season in which he barely played 6 games, he decided to leave the club for which he had played all his career to join in the nearby and modest CD Alcoyano which was also in the first division. There he remained for only the 1950-1951 season, as it was felt he was no longer able to play at this level.

Nevertheless, this was not the end of his relationship with Valencia. During the season 1963-1964 he took over coaching the team, replacing Pasieguito, another legend of Valencian football. Thanks to their strong character and tactical inflexibility he went on to improve Valencia's league position, finishing in sixth place. The team's showing in the Fairs Cup was a lot better, but they lost against Real Zaragoza in a controversial match. After the good action of that year, the Valencia CF board of directors allowed him to coach for one more year. However, as the team finished the league in fourth position, the directors hired another coach, Barinaga. The team did not improve under Barinaga, so Mundo returned to his old position as coach for the next season.

He started season 1966-1967 as the coach and achieved great success with the winning of the Copa del Rey beating Athletic Club 2-0 in the final. His career as the coach in the Valencia CF continued to October 13, 1968 but was ended by the team's poor performance.

National Team[edit]

He earned three international caps with the Spanish National Team scoring three goals. His international debut was on 28 December 1941 against Switzerland.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Spain League
1939/40 Valencia CF La Liga 20 14
1940/41 22 21
1941/42 25 27
1942/43 22 23
1943/44 26 28
1944/45 21 17
1945/46 25 20
1946/47 10 10
1947/48 11 5
1948/49 22 19
1949/50 6 2
Total 210 186
1950/51 CD Alcoyano La Liga 21 9
Total 21 9
Total Spain 231 195

As player[edit]

As coach[edit]

Titles[edit]

As player[edit]

National Cups[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

  • 2 Pichichi trophies for the highest scorer in the Spanish league - 1941-1942 and 1943-1944

As coach[edit]

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