Marcelino Martínez

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Full name Marcelino Martínez Cao
Date of birth (1940-04-29) 29 April 1940 (age 77)
Place of birth Ares, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Numancia Ares
1957–1958 Galicia Mugardos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Racing Ferrol 30 (2)
1959–1970 Zaragoza 232 (70)
Total 262 (72)
National team
1961 Spain B 2 (2)
1961–1967 Spain 14 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marcelino Martínez Cao (born 29 April 1940), known simply as Marcelino, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Marcelino was born in Ares, Province of A Coruña, Galicia. In 1959 he signed with Real Zaragoza from local Racing de Ferrol, going on to remain with the club until his retirement 11 years later.

During his spell with the Aragonese, always spent in La Liga, Marcelino scored 117 official goals, contributing solidly to the conquest of three major titles, including two Copa del Rey trophies. He was part of an efficient offensive unit dubbed Los Magníficos (The Magnificent) which also featured Canário, Carlos Lapetra, Eleuterio Santos and Juan Manuel Villa.

International career[edit]

Marcelino played 14 times for the Spain national team, participating in the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the 1966 FIFA World Cup. In the former tournament he scored the decisive 2–1 in the final against the Soviet Union, through a header.[1]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 November 1961 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Morocco 1–0 3–2 1962 World Cup qualification
2. 11 March 1964 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Republic of Ireland 4–1 5–1 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
3. 11 March 1964 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Republic of Ireland 5–1 5–1 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
4. 21 June 1964 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Soviet Union 2–1 2–1 1964 European Nations' Cup







  1. ^ Final del 64 (64 final); El Mundo, 2004 (in Spanish)

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