Marcos Flores

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Flores and the second or maternal family name is Benard.
Marcos Flores
Marcos Flores-15.08.10.jpg
Flores warming up with Adelaide United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Marcos Abel Flores Benard
Date of birth (1985-10-23) 23 October 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Reconquista, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number TBD
Youth career
2001–2003 Unión de Santa Fe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Unión de Santa Fe 24 (9)
2006–2008 Newell's Old Boys 16 (0)
2007–2008 Unión de Santa Fe (loan) 26 (2)
2009 Curicó Unido 25 (4)
2010–2011 Adelaide United 31 (9)
2011–2012 Henan Jianye 15 (2)
2012–2013 Melbourne Victory 24 (4)
2013–2014 Central Coast Mariners 12 (3)
2014– Newcastle Jets 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marcos Abel Flores Benard (born 23 October 1985) is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Newcastle Jets in the A-League.

Biography[edit]

Unión de Santa Fe[edit]

On 17 April 2004, Flores made his senior debut for Argentine club Unión de Santa Fe as a 67th minute substitute for Miguel Sebastián Garcia and scored his first goal in the 89th minute of the same match.

Newell's Old Boys[edit]

In 2006, Flores was transferred to Newell's Old Boys but was loaned back to Unión de Santa Fe for a one-year period.

Curicó Unido[edit]

After returning to Newell's Old Boys, Flores was finally transferred to the Chilean Primera División club Curicó Unido.

Adelaide United[edit]

It was revealed in June 2009, that Australian A-League club Adelaide United had approached Flores for the 2009–10 A-League season, but the negotiations collapsed, citing Flores' desire to remain in South America.[1] On 8 December 2009, Flores signed with Adelaide United and was named as part of the club's squad for the 2010 AFC Champions League.[2] Flores was officially revealed by the club on 11 January 2010.[3]

Flores was then registered as an injury replacement player for fellow import Cristiano[4] and made his debut as a 60th minute substitute for Adelaide United in their 2–0 win against Brisbane Roar on 6 February 2010.[5] Flores impressed at Adelaide and gained instant legendary status by the Adelaide United fans.[6] Flores provided the team with the playmaker position, and showcased skills and technique rarely seen in the A-League.[7] Flores added aggression and stamina to his game since coming to the A-League.[8]

Flores scored four A-League goal of the season contenders in the 2010–11 season.[9][10] Flores' form at Adelaide attracted overseas attention, with J-League club Urawa Red Diamonds and aspiring MLS club New York Cosmos.[11] On 21 January 2011, Flores scored his first A-league hat-trick for Adelaide in their record 8–1 win over North Queensland Fury. Flores won the Johnny Warren player of the year award for the 2010–11 season.[12] Adelaide offered Flores a three-year deal worth $320,000 a season, which would have made him the highest paid player in the club's history.[13]

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Henan Jianye[edit]

Flores announced his transfer to Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye on 26 June 2011, where he was set to earn $2.4 million over a three-year period. The transfer fee was said to be worth $500,000.[14] Flores made his debut for Henan Jianye as a second half substitute on 10 July 2011 in an away 0–0 draw against Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League. His contract was terminated by mutual consent at 21 June 2012.[15] Flores stated that he was interested in coming back to Australia, preferably Adelaide United, but a move was halted due to salary cap reasons.[16]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 4 July 2012, it was announced that Marcos Flores had signed with A-League club Melbourne Victory on a two-year deal worth around $1 million.[17]

He made his debut in round 1 of the A-League against cross town rivals Melbourne Heart on 5 October 2012.[18] Flores scored his first ever Melbourne Victory goal on 5 November 2012, in a game against Wellington Phoenix.[19] Flores was released by Melbourne Victory on 5 July 2013, becoming a free agent.

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Shortly after his release, he was signed by the Central Coast Mariners on a one year contract.[20] He was seriously injured, suffering an Anterior cruciate ligament tear, and was put out for the rest of the season. On 29 March 2014 the Mariners announced he would not be re-signed for the following season.[21]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 9 June 2014, it was announced that Flores will play for the Newcastle Jets in the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

(Current as of 19 July 2013)

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Adelaide United 2009–10 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 9 0 1
2010–11 29 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 9 8
Henan Jianye 2011 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 3
2012 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
Melbourne Victory 2012–13 24 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 4 2
Central Coast Mariners 2013–14 12 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3 2
Newcastle Jets 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 82 18 16 0 0 0 7 0 1 89 18 17

Honours[edit]

2012-13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Migliaccio, Val (19 June 2009). "Ace defender Chris Coyne headlines Socceroos World Cup campaign". AdelaideNow (News Limited). Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Migliaccio, Val (9 December 2009). "Flores seals his spot". AdelaideNow (News Limited). Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Flores keen to make an impression for Reds". Adelaide United FC (A-League). 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Migliaccio, Val (5 February 2010). "Hitch for Griffiths". AdelaideNow (News Ltd.). Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Reds finally display finals form to defeat Roar". Adelaide United FC (A-League). 6 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/marco-flores-a-big-hit-in-j-league/story-e6frecj3-1225846756140
  7. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/flores-pr-skills-one-of-a-kind/story-e6frecj3-1226084508030
  8. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/marcos-flores-to-be-lured-away-from-adelaide-united/story-e6frecj3-1226016753393
  9. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/soccer/arentile-marco-flores-wonder-strike-propels-united/story-e6frectc-1225918822610
  10. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/flores-super-goal-a-maradona-re-run/story-e6frecj3-1225919895529
  11. ^ "Key Reds playmaker Flores in demand". Adelaide Now. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/soccer/adelaide-uniteds-marcos-flores-named-a-league-player-of-the-year/story-e6frey4r-1226016737982
  13. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/203411,watson-flores-will-only-get-better.aspx
  14. ^ Migliaccio, Val (27 June 2011). "Reds star Flores to play in China". The Advertiser (News Limited). Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Adelaide rule out Flores return
  16. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/243771,flores-my-a-league-vow.aspx
  17. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/244722,marcos-flores-signs-for-melbourne-victory.aspx
  18. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/aleague/matchcentre/lineup/Melbourne-Victory-FC-v-Melbourne-Heart-FC-Hyundai-A-League/2601
  19. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/melbournevictory/news-display/Rojas-brace-sets-up-32-win-over-Phoenix/52101
  20. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/centralcoastmariners/news-display/Magic-Marcos-a-Mariner/70096
  21. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/centralcoastmariners/news-display/Marcos-to-move-from-Mariners/89098
  22. ^ "Jets sign Marcos Flores". Football Federation Australia. 9 June 2014. 

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