Adolfo Aldana

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Adolfo Aldana
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Personal information
Full name Adolfo Aldana Torres
Date of birth (1966-01-05) 5 January 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth San Roque, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Andalusia (coach)
Youth career
1984–1985 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Real Madrid B 73 (21)
1988–1992 Real Madrid 72 (12)
1992–1996 Deportivo La Coruña 96 (19)
1996–1998 Espanyol 10 (0)
1998–1999 Mérida 25 (2)
Total 276 (54)
National team
1988 Spain U21 2 (0)
1993–1994 Spain 4 (1)
Teams managed
2007– Andalusia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Adolfo Aldana Torres (born 5 January 1966) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Over 11 seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 178 matches and 31 goals, mainly with Real Madrid and Deportivo with which he won a total of nine major titles.

Club career[edit]

Aldana was born in San Roque, Cádiz, Andalusia. Brought through the ranks of La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, he found opportunities hard to come by, as he was mainly barred in the starting XI by legendary club player Míchel. However, he still managed to produce with limited playing time at the Merengues – for instance, in the 1989–90 season, in a final league title, he scored five goals in only 13 matches – and left Real with over 100 overall appearances, a departure which coincided with the signing of FC Barcelona's Luis Enrique.[1]

Aldana signed with up-and-coming Deportivo de La Coruña in 1992, and reached international status at the Galicians while an instrumental figure in the side's lineups, partnering Fran and Mauro Silva in midfield. A serious knee injury would also leave him out of action for the entirety of his second year.[2]

Aldana closed out his career with two years at RCD Espanyol (which included another campaign away from the pitches due to physical problems) and one with CP Mérida (second division), retiring at the age of 33.[2]

International career[edit]

Aldana earned four caps for Spain during a one-year span. His debut came on 24 February 1993 in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, at Seville: brought from the bench he scored the last goal in a 5–0 success,[3] but his injury at Deportivo eventually prevented a possible selection for the final stages.

After obtaining his coaching degree, Aldana eventually became manager of the Andalusia autonomous team.[4] His first match in charge was on 27 December 2007, in a 4–1 friendly win over Zambia at the Estadio Municipal de Chapín.[5]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 February 1993 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Lithuania 5–0 5–0 1994 World Cup qualification[3]


Real Madrid



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