Marcos Vales

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Marcos Vales
Personal information
Full name Marcos Vales Illanes
Date of birth (1975-04-05) 5 April 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth A Coruña, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Deportivo La Coruña
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Deportivo La Coruña 19 (1)
1994–1997 Sporting Gijón 60 (3)
1997–2002 Zaragoza 103 (11)
2002–2004 Sevilla 40 (3)
2004–2005 Mallorca 6 (0)
Total 228 (18)
National team
1993 Spain U18 4 (2)
1993–1998 Spain U21 15 (1)
1998 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marcos Vales Illanes (born 5 April 1975) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in A Coruña, Vales made his professional debuts with local Deportivo de La Coruña. As Super Depor came to fruition, he was sparingly used during his two-year spell with the Galicians, leaving at the age of 19. Only linked to the club with an amateur contract, he moved to Asturias and signed with Sporting de Gijón, with Deportivo president Augusto César Lendoiro proceeding to engage in a lengthy court battle, which was eventually resolved in the footballer's favour.[1]

After three seasons with Sporting, only starting in the latter as the team finished 15th in La Liga, Vales signed with fellow league side Real Zaragoza for 200 million pesetas. He started regularly in his first years, but was already a fringe player in the 2000–01 campaign when the Aragonese won the Copa del Rey.

In the 2002 summer, following Zaragoza's relegation, Vales moved to Sevilla FC also in the top flight. In his first season he was first-choice, notably scoring the game's only goal in a local derby against Real Betis on 2 March 2003.[2]

Vales missed the vast majority of 2003–04 due to a foot injury.[3] He then signed with RCD Mallorca, but suffered a relapse in his condition and eventually decided to retired at age 30, with Spanish top flight totals of 228 games and 18 goals.

International career[edit]

On 14 October 1998, Vales earned his first – and only – cap for Spain: it consisted of one minute in a 2–1 win in Israel for the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers, after coming on as a substitute for Real Madrid's Raúl.[4]

Previously, he helped the under-21 side win the 1998 European Championship in Romania.

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Spain U21

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