Marcos Alonso Peña

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Marcos
Personal information
Full name Marcos Alonso Peña
Date of birth (1959-10-01) 1 October 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Racing Santander 51 (5)
1979–1982 Atlético Madrid 90 (10)
1982–1987 Barcelona 124 (28)
1987–1989 Atlético Madrid 29 (2)
1989–1990 Logroñés 8 (1)
1990–1991 Racing Santander
National team
1978 Spain U18 3 (0)
1979 Spain U19 1 (0)
1979 Spain U20 3 (0)
1978 Spain U21 3 (0)
1980–1982 Spain U23 2 (0)
1979–1983 Spain amateur 9 (1)
1980 Spain B 3 (0)
1981–1985 Spain 22 (1)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Rayo Vallecano
1996–1998 Racing Santander
1998–2000 Sevilla
2000–2001 Atlético Madrid
2002 Zaragoza
2005–2006 Valladolid
2006 Málaga
2008 Granada 74
* 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 Alonso and the second or maternal family name is Peña.

Marcos Alonso Peña (born 1 October 1959) is a Spanish retired footballer, and a current coach.

Simply Marcos in his playing days, he played mainly as a right winger but appeared also as a forward, amassing La Liga totals of 302 games and 46 goals over the course of 13 seasons, ten of which were spent with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona (five apiece).[1]

A Spanish international during the 80s, Marcos represented the nation at Euro 1984, helping it finish second.

Club career[edit]

Marcos was born in Santander, Cantabria. After passing unsuccessfully through Real Madrid's youth ranks, he made his La Liga debuts for hometown's Racing Club de Santander, still not aged 18, being already an automatic first-choice in his second professional season, which ended in relegation.

His reputation continued to grow at Atlético Madrid and he was, at the time, the country's most expensive signing, when FC Barcelona paid 150 million pesetas for his services, in 1982. In his first year he scored six goals in 30 matches in the league, and also an injury time header against Real Madrid in the campaign's Copa del Rey final, which ended with a 2–1 win.[2]

However, Marcos was also one of four Barça players who failed to find the net in the 1985–86 European Cup final against FC Steaua Bucureşti, in a penalty shootout loss, as goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam saved all taken attempts.[3]

He retired in 1991 after an unassuming return at Atlético Madrid, and after helping first club Racing return to the second division. Subsequently, Marcos became a coach: in his first experience he led lowly Rayo Vallecano to a first-ever win at Real Madrid in the latter's ground (2–1), managing Sevilla FC afterwards (one top flight promotion followed by immediate relegation).

In the 2000s Alonso managed Atlético Madrid – second level, no promotionReal Zaragoza, Real Valladolid, Málaga CF and Granada 74 CF.

International career[edit]

Marcos gained 22 caps for Spain, the first coming on 25 March 1981 in a 2–1 friendly win in England. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1984, being an unused squad member in an eventual runner-up finish.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 June 1985 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1–2 1–2 1986 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona
Racing Santander

Country[edit]

Personal[edit]

Marcos' father, Marcos Alonso Imaz, was also a footballer, who represented Real Madrid in the 50s/60s. His son, Marcos Alonso Mendoza, also played in the club's youth system, and represented Spain at under-19 level.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Stevenson and Chris Bevan (22 April 2008). "When Bryan Robson tamed Barca". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "2–1: ¡Que final!" [2–1: What a final!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 5 June 1983. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Duckadam inspires Steaua; UEFA.com, 18 April 2006
  4. ^ Spain unveil provisional party; UEFA.com, 30 June 2009

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