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Gento with Real Madrid in 1967
|Full name||Francisco Gento López|
|Date of birth||21 October 1933|
|Place of birth||Guarnizo, El Astillero, Spain|
|S.D. Nueva Montaña|
|Union Club Astillero|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.
In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966. With the team, Gento was a participant of one of the greatest achievements in the history of the team: winning the 1964 European Football Championship.
He débuted in the Primera División with Racing Santander in the 1952–53 season. In the following year, he signed with Real Madrid and became a legendary player of that club, wearing the number 11 shirt.
La Galerna del Cantábrico (The Gale of the Cantabrian Sea), as he was known, played outside-left and was noted not only for having great speed (he could run 100 meters in 11 seconds flat and was almost as quick with a ball at his feet), but also for his skills with the ball and his scoring prowess from the midfield position. He captained a young side, known in Spain as Ye-yé, because of the popularity of The Beatles at that time. He is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players
Among other honors, Gento won the European Cup a record 6 times with Real Madrid (an unmatched record), scoring 30 goals in 89 European Cup career matches. He also played for Spain from 1955 to 1969, winning 43 caps and scoring 5 times, winning the 1964 European Football Championship.
Gento played in eight European Cup finals (6–2 record) (with a "ninth" appearance in the 1970–1971 Cup Winners' Cup final that Real Madrid lost to Chelsea). He holds this record jointly with A.C. Milan's Paolo Maldini (with an inferior 5–3 record). Gento's legendary Real Madrid teammate, Alfredo Di Stéfano (5–2 record) comes third with 7.
After he retired from football in 1971, he decided to take up coaching. He took charge of various lower-league teams, such as Castilla, Castellón, Palencia, and Granada. In the end, he accepted a post working as an ambassador for Real Madrid throughout Europe.
Gento's two younger brothers Julio (1939—2016) and Antonio (born in 1940) also played football professionally; the latter played for Real Madrid, too, but they were not as successful as their older brother Francisco.
Style of play
Regarded as one of the greatest Spanish players of all time and one of the greatest ever players in his position, Gento was an extremely fast left-winger, with excellent vision and technical ability, which made him an effective assist provider. In addition to his control and creative ability, he was also a goalscoring threat due to his striking ability from distance.
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|1952–53||Racing Santander||Primera División||10||2||4||0||0||0||14||2|
|1953–54||Real Madrid||Primera División||17||0||4||0||0||0||21||0|
|1.||14 October 1959||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain||Poland||3–0||3–0||1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying|
|2.||2 April 1961||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain||France||2–0||2–0||International Friendly|
|3.||30 October 1963||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||0–1||0–1||1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying|
|4.||23 June 1966||Riazor, A Coruña, Spain||Uruguay||1–1||1–1||International Friendly|
|5.||31 May 1967||San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain||Turkey||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying|
- Real Madrid
- La Liga (12): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69
- Copa del Rey (2): 1961–62, 1969–70
- European Cup (6): 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1960
- Latin Cup (2): 1955, 1957
- World Soccer World XI: 1960, 1961, 1962
- Golden Foot Legends Award: 2004
- World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
- IFFHS Legends
- Most La Liga titles: 12
- Most European Cup titles: 6
- "Paco Gento, Honorary President of Real Madrid". 23 October 2016.
- "Full-throttle Paco, Real's winning legend". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- "Francisco "Paco" Gento" (in Italian). Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- "ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES" Retrieved on 29 November 2015
- "Legends". Golden Foot. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- "IFFHS announce the 48 football legend players". IFFHS. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Francisco Gento.|
- Francisco Gento – FIFA competition record
- Francisco Gento at BDFutbol
- Francisco Gento at National-Football-Teams.com
- Francisco Gento at Real Madrid (in English) (in Spanish)
- Biography at Real Madrid Fans (in Spanish)
- National team data (in Spanish)
- International Appearances and Goals at RSSSF
- Goals in European Cups at RSSSF
|Real Madrid C.F. captain