Francisco Gento

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gento and the second or maternal family name is López.
Paco Gento
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Gento with Real Madrid in 1967
Personal information
Full name Francisco Gento López
Date of birth (1933-10-21) 21 October 1933 (age 81)
Place of birth Guarnizo, El Astillero, Spain
Playing position Outside-left
Youth career
S.D. Nueva Montaña
Union Club Astillero
Rayo Cantabria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 Racing Santander 10 (2)
1953–1971 Real Madrid 428 (128)
Total 438 (130)
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, El Astillero, Cantabria) is a former Spanish football player.

Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record 8 European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.

In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.

Biography[edit]

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

La Galerna del Cantábrico (The Gale of the Cantabrian Sea), as he was known, played outside-left and was noted not only for having great speed (he could run 100 meters in 11 seconds flat and was almost as quick with a ball at his feet)[citation needed], but also for his skills with the ball and his scoring prowess from the midfield position. He captained a young side, known in Spain as Ye-yé, because of the popularity of The Beatles at that time. He is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players

Among other honors, Gento 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.

Gento played in eight European Cup finals (6–2 record) (with a "ninth" appearance in the 1970–1971 Cup Winners' Cup final that Real Madrid lost to Chelsea). He holds this record jointly 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.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1952–53 Racing Santander Primera División 10 2 4 0 0 0 14 2
1953–54 Real Madrid Primera División 17 0 4 0 0 0 21 0
1954–55 24 6 3 0 0 0 27 6
1955–56 29 7 6 3 7 1 42 11
1956–57 27 7 2 0 8 1 37 8
1957–58 28 7 5 1 6 3 39 12
1958–59 21 7 5 2 8 1 34 10
1959–60 27 14 5 2 6 2 38 18
1960–61 28 9 8 3 2 1 38 13
1961–62 25 6 9 4 10 2 44 12
1962–63 25 7 4 1 2 1 31 9
1963–64 24 12 2 0 9 3 35 15
1964–65 23 4 3 0 6 5 32 9
1965–66 28 10 3 2 9 3 40 15
1966–67 20 11 5 0 4 0 29 11
1967–68 24 8 0 0 7 5 31 13
1968–69 26 8 2 1 2 0 30 9
1969–70 25 3 5 1 3 2 33 6
1970–71 7 0 2 0 6 0 15 0
Total Spain 428 128 73 20 95 30 606 178
Career total 438 130 77 20 95 30 620 180

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 1959 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Poland 3–0 3–0 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying
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 qualifying
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

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Zárraga
Real Madrid C.F. captain
1962–1971
Succeeded by
Zoco