Marcelo Romero

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Marcelo Romero
Personal information
Full name Cléver Marcelo Romero Silva
Date of birth (1976-07-04) 4 July 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Defensor 33 (4)
1996–2001 Peñarol 84 (5)
2001–2007 Málaga 130 (4)
2008 Lucena 14 (0)
2009 Carolina RailHawks 0 (0)
Total 261 (13)
National team
1995–2004 Uruguay 25 (1)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Alhaurín Torre (youth)
2012–2013 Alhaurín Torre
2014–2016 Málaga (assistant)
2016–2017 Málaga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cléver Marcelo Romero Silva (born 4 July 1976) is an Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and a current manager.

After emerging at Peñarol he spent seven years of his professional career in Spain, notably at the service of Málaga (six seasons), and played for Uruguay at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Montevideo, Romero played in the beginning of his career he played for local Defensor Sporting and C.A. Peñarol. In the middle of 2001 he was bought by La Liga club Málaga CF, teaming up with countryman Darío Silva. He was instrumental at the Andalusia side during his first four seasons, helping them to the quarter-finals of the 2002–03 UEFA Cup, via the Intertoto Cup.

In his final two seasons, however, Romero was virtually absent from the lineups, with 2006–07 being spent, with no success, in Segunda División. In early 2008 he had a brief spell with neighbours Lucena CF in Segunda División B and, at the beginning of the following year (4 February 2009), signed with Carolina RailHawks FC of the USL First Division in the United States.[1] It quickly became apparent that he had suffered significant knee injuries which were not widely publicized, but subsequently all was revealed; injuries limited him to one substitute appearance in a pre-season exhibition game, and he was released in April 2009 without having featured in the league.[2]

Romero started working as a manager also in Spain, with amateurs Alhaurín de la Torre CF. In 2014, he returned to Málaga, joining newly appointed Javi Gracia's coaching staff.

On 28 December 2016, following Juande Ramos' dismissal, Romero was appointed first-team manager indefinitely.[3] The following 7 March, he was relieved from his duties.[4]

International career[edit]

Romero made his debut for the Uruguay national team on 20 September 1995, in a 1–3 friendly defeat in Israel. Having appeared in two Copa América editions, he would play two games for his country at the 2002 FIFA World Cup (the draws with Senegal and France).[5]

In total, Romero earned 25 caps in a nine-year span.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 5 March 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Málaga[6] Spain 28 December 2016 6 March 2017 10 1 2 7 7 17 −10 010.00
Total 10 1 2 7 7 17 −10 010.00





  1. ^ RailHawks sign La Liga veteran Archived 2009-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Status of RailHawks’ Marcelo Romero in question[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Marcelo Romero is at the helm of the team; Málaga CF, 28 December 2016
  4. ^ Marcelo Romero and the Club agree the coach will not continue in charge of the first team; Málaga CF, 7 March 2017
  5. ^ Marcelo RomeroFIFA competition record
  6. ^ "Romero: Clever Marcelo Romero Silva: Matches 2016–17". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 December 2016.

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