Marañón (footballer)

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Marañón
Personal information
Full name Rafael Carlos Pérez González
Date of birth (1948-07-23) 23 July 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Olite, Spain
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1966–1967 Oberena
1967–1968 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1974 Real Madrid 47 (5)
1968–1969 Ontinyent (loan) 27 (15)
1969–1970 Sporting Gijón (loan) 31 (18)
1974–1983 Español 262 (111)
1983–1986 Sabadell
National team
1977–1978 Spain 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rafael Carlos Pérez González (born 23 July 1948), commonly known as Marañón, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

Even though he started professionally at Real Madrid, his career was mainly associated with Español. Over the course of 13 seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 308 games and 116 goals.[1]

Marañón appeared with Spain at the 1978 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Olite, Navarre, Marañón arrived in the Real Madrid youth system at the age of 19, making his professional debuts with Ontinyent CF in Segunda División, on loan (a similar move occurred in the following season with Sporting de Gijón). He joined the Merengue's first team permanently in 1970, but never imposed himself at the club during his four-year spell, appearing in a maximum of 19 La Liga games in the 1973–74 campaign.

Marañón's sporting fate changed in 1974, as he signed with RCD Español: after two slow seasons he would never score in single digits again, also playing European competition with the Catalans, gaining club captaincy and reaching the national team.

Marañón retired in 1986 at nearly 38, after three years with Español neighbours CE Sabadell FC, helping it promote to the second level in his first. He finished his career as the former's top scorer in the top division, with a total of 111 goals; his record would stand for 24 years until another club legend, Raúl Tamudo, broke it in 2007 during a 2–2 away draw against FC Barcelona.

International career[edit]

Capping off his best season at Español – 22 goals, good enough for joint-second behind Valencia CF's Mario Kempes, as the club nearly qualified for Europe – Marañón made his debut for Spain, appearing in a 1–1 friendly with Hungary in Alicante on 27 March 1977.

Subsequently he was picked for the squad for the 1978 FIFA World Cup, but did not play in the finals, earning a total of four caps in roughly one year.

Honours[edit]

Sporting Gijón
Real Madrid
Sabadell

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espanyol archives (Spanish)

External links[edit]