Marcelino García Toral

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Marcelino whilst with Racing
Personal information
Full name Marcelino García Toral
Date of birth (1965-08-14) 14 August 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Villaviciosa, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Sporting Gijón 74 (2)
1989–1990 Racing Santander 32 (4)
1990–1992 Levante 48 (1)
1992–1994 Elche 49 (1)
Total 203 (8)
National team
1983–1984 Spain U18 6 (0)
1985 Spain U19 1 (0)
1985 Spain U20 6 (1)
1985–1987 Spain U21 7 (0)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Lealtad
1998–2003 Sporting B
2003–2005 Sporting Gijón
2005–2007 Recreativo
2007–2008 Racing Santander
2008–2009 Zaragoza
2011 Racing Santander
2011–2012 Sevilla
2013–2016 Villarreal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Toral.

Marcelino García Toral (born 14 August 1965), known simply as Marcelino in his playing days, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and a current manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Villaviciosa, Asturias, Marcelino was irregularly used in his first four professional seasons, at Sporting de Gijón. He did appear in a career-best 33 matches in the 1986–87 campaign, as the club finished fourth in La Liga; his top flight debut was on 22 December 1985, in a 1–1 away draw against Celta de Vigo.[1]

Marcelino retired in 1994 at only 28, due to injury: after two Segunda División spells, with Racing de Santander and Levante UD, both ended in relegation, he moved to the lower leagues with Elche CF.

Manager career[edit]

García Toral started coaching at 33 with lowly CD Lealtad, also in Asturias. For four of the next five years he worked in Segunda División B, with Sporting's reserves.

From 2003 to 2005 Toral was in charge of the first team, finishing fifth and tenth in the second level, then signed with fellow league team Recreativo de Huelva, which he led to promotion in his first season[2] and a comfortable mid-table position in the top flight in the following, which made him the recipient of his first Miguel Muñoz Trophy.

García Toral resigned at the end of the season and took over at former club Santander, leading the Cantabrians to a best-ever sixth-place finish, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup.[3] However, on 29 May 2008, he again moved teams, returning to division two and joining Real Zaragoza with the objective of a promotion,[4] which was finally achieved;[5] in the process of signing, he had rejected Valencia CF, and became the country's best paid manager at 2.4 million per year following the departure of Real Madrid's Bernd Schuster.[6]

On 13 December 2009, following a string of poor results (the last a 1–2 home defeat to Athletic Bilbao), Toral was fired by Zaragoza, with the Aragonese nonetheless still above the relegation zone.[7] In early February 2011 he returned to Racing Santander, replacing fired Miguel Ángel Portugal.[8]

García Toral was appointed at Sevilla FC for 2011–12.[9] On 6 February 2012, following seven games without a win – the last being a 1–2 home loss against Villarreal CF – and with the Andalusia club ranking 11th, he was relieved of his duties.[10]

Marcelino signed for Villarreal on 14 January 2013,[11] returning the team to the top flight at the end of the campaign[12] and going on to subsequently achieve three top-six finishes,[13] which included a fourth place and a semi-final run in the UEFA Europa League in 2015–16.[14]

On 10 August 2016, a few days before the first official match of the season, Marcelino was surprisingly sacked for differences with the board of directors.[15]



Spain U20





  1. ^ "1–1: No fue suficiente la entrega celtica" [1–1: Celta's heart was not enough] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 23 December 1985. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "El Recreativo se proclamó campeón en el Rico Pérez" [Recreativo crowned champion at the Rico Pérez] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "El Racing se mete por primera vez en la UEFA al ganar a Osasuna (1–0)" [Racing reaches UEFA for the first time after beating Osasuna (1–0)] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Marcelino será el nuevo entrenador del Real Zaragoza" [Marcelino will be new Real Zaragoza coach] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 28 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Fiesta en La Romareda para celebrar el ascenso" [Party at La Romareda to celebrate promotion] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "La burbuja de Marcelino" [Marcelino's bubble] (in Spanish). El País. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Marcelino, destituido como técnico del Zaragoza" [Marcelino, fired as Zaragoza manager] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Racing look to match big boys; ESPN Soccernet, 13 February 2011
  9. ^ Marcelino installed as Sevilla coach;, 7 June 2011
  10. ^ Míchel por Marcelino (Míchel for Marcelino); El Mundo, 6 February 2012 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Marcelino, nuevo técnico del Villarreal" [Marcelino, new Villarreal coach] (in Spanish). Marca. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "¡El 'submarino' vuelve a Primera!" [The 'submarine' returns to Primera!] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "El Villarreal se gana un descanso" [Villarreal earns a breather] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Los dos caminos que llevan al Villarreal a la fase de grupos de la Champions" [The two paths that take Villarreal to the Champions' groups] (in Spanish). Sport. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "El Villarreal echa a Marcelino por enfrentarse a sus jugadores" [Villarreal sacks Marcelino for facing his players] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Marcelino, galardonado con el Trofeo Miguel Muñoz" [Marcelino, recipient of Miguel Muñoz Trophy] (in Spanish). Pasa en Zaragoza. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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