Óscar de Marcos
De Marcos playing for Athletic in 2012
|Full name||Óscar de Marcos Arana|
|Date of birth||14 April 1989|
|Place of birth||Laguardia, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Full back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2017.
Óscar de Marcos Arana (Spanish pronunciation: ['ozkar ðe 'markos a'ɾana]; born 14 April 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao usually as a midfielder but also as a full back (right or left).
He has spent most of his career at Athletic Bilbao, making over 250 official appearances.
Born in Laguardia, Álava, de Marcos made his professional debuts for nearby Deportivo Alavés, first appearing in a second division home fixture against CD Tenerife on 21 December 2008. He eventually played in 20 games with the first team, as they dropped down a level at the season's end; he started his career as a forward.
In July 2009, de Marcos went straight into La Liga, penning a four-year deal with Athletic Bilbao for about €350,000. He made his club debut on 6 August in a 2–1 win at BSC Young Boys for the UEFA Europa League (2–2 aggregate, victory on the away goals rule), as a starter; ten days later he opened the score against FC Barcelona for the season's domestic Super Cup as the Basque eventually lost 1–2 at home and 1–5 in total.
Having been signed initially for the reserve squad, de Marcos had more impact than expected – as 17-year-old Iker Muniain – appearing in 29 official contests during the 2009–10 campaign and scoring three goals. He played his only match with the B-team on 14 April 2010 against Zamora CF, in a season where they narrowly avoided relegation from division three.
De Marcos appeared less in his second season, but was also used as a full back by manager Joaquín Caparrós, finishing the year with 15 games in all competitions. The following campaign, under Marcelo Bielsa, he played in that position and also in centre midfield.
On 17 December 2011, de Marcos played roughly one hour of the league fixture against Real Zaragoza (2–1 home win) with a tear in his scrotum, which later required 25 stitches. On 4 January of the following year he extended his contract with the Lions until June 2016, with a release clause of €32 million.
De Marcos netted on both legs of the 2011–12 Europa League round-of-16 against Manchester United, as Athletic won both games and went through 5–3 on aggregate. On 13 October 2014, he agreed to a new three-year extension until 30 June 2019, with a buyout clause being set at €40 million.
In November 2015, de Marcos and Nacho were called up into the Spain squad as replacements for the injured Sergio Ramos and Juanfran, ahead of friendlies against England and Belgium. De Marcos did not play either match, with the latter in Brussels being cancelled due to the city's lockdown.
- Athletic Bilbao
- Supercopa de España: 2015; Runner-up 2009
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2011–12
- Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15
- De Marcos: "Está bien lo de ser comodín, he jugado más que el año pasado" (De Marcos: "I'm fine with joker role, i've played more than last year"); Canal Athletic, 12 September 2011 (Spanish)
- Bielsa dejará de volver loco a su equipo (Bielsa will no longer make team loco); Marca, 13 September 2011 (Spanish)
- De Marcos jugó una hora con el escroto desgarrado (De Marcos played one hour with tear in scrotum); Diario AS, 19 December 2011 (Spanish)
- De Marcos signs new Athletic deal; UEFA.com, 4 January 2012
- Enterprising Athletic stun United at Old Trafford; UEFA.com, 8 March 2012
- Athletic see off United with room to spare; UEFA.com, 15 March 2012
- De Marcos renueva hasta el 2019 (De Marcos renews until 2019); Marca, 13 October 2014 (Spanish)
- "Juanfran y Ramos, baja; De Marcos y Nacho, altas en la convocatoria" [Juanfran and Ramos, out; De Marcos and Nacho, in the selection] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Euskal Selekzioa 6–0 Perú" [Basque XI 6–0 Peru] (in Spanish). Basque Football Federation. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- "De Marcos". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.