Mario Bermejo

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Mario Bermejo
Bermejo in 2009
Personal information
Full name Mario Bermejo Castanedo
Date of birth (1978-10-07) 7 October 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Racing B
1995 Racing Santander 1 (0)
1997–2000 Bilbao Athletic 61 (16)
1998–2002 Athletic Bilbao 1 (0)
1998–1999 Cultural Leonesa (loan) 28 (3)
2000 Eibar (loan) 15 (1)
2000–2001 Gimnástica (loan) 31 (7)
2001–2002 Hospitalet (loan) 33 (8)
2002–2003 Recreativo 39 (0)
2004–2005 Racing Ferrol 55 (32)
2005–2006 Albacete 32 (9)
2006–2008 Almería 33 (5)
2007–2008 Poli Ejido (loan) 35 (5)
2008–2011 Xerez 101 (32)
2011–2014 Celta 81 (13)
Total 546 (131)
National team
1995 Spain U16 7 (2)
1996 Spain U18 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mario Bermejo Castanedo (born 7 October 1978) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

A veteran in Segunda División, he amassed league totals of 267 games and 73 goals over the course of nine seasons, in representation of eight different clubs. In La Liga he played for Racing de Santander, Athletic Bilbao, Recreativo, Xerez and Celta, scoring 12 goals with the fourth team and 17 in total.

Club career[edit]

Bermejo was born in Santander, Cantabria. In his early years he played one game each in La Liga with Racing de Santander and Athletic de Bilbao, and then went on to represent sides in the lower leagues, on loan. His official debut with the latter came in a 1997–98 UEFA Cup match at U.C. Sampdoria, playing the final 32 minutes in the place of Ismael Urzaiz in an eventual 2–1 win;[1] he was eligible to play for the Basques due to his father's roots.

For the 2002–03 season, definitely released by Athletic, Bermejo returned to the top level, but struggled to find the net the entire campaign for Recreativo de Huelva, which would befall again in next year's Segunda División. However, in 2004–05, he was instrumental in helping Racing de Ferrol maintain its league status, ending the campaign as the league's topscorer at 25 – this included four past UD Almería in a 6–1 away win, Ferrol's biggest win ever in the second level.[2]

The following seasons were also spent in the second level, with Albacete Balompié[3] and Almería. With the latter, he scored five league goals, helping the Andalusians to their first ever top division promotion.

After a season-long loan spent with Polideportivo Ejido, Bermejo was released and joined another side in the region, Xerez CD.[4] His first year was highly productive both collectively (promotion, also a first-ever) and individually (12 league goals, third-best in the squad, to Momo's 17 and Antoñito's 13), and the player, aged 30, penned a new two-year link at the season's close.

In the 2009–10 campaign, Xerez was immediately relegated back, but fought valliantly until the last rounds. Bermejo ranked amongst the league's topscorers at 12, also netting in the last minute of a 2–1 home win against Almería on 1 May 2010.[5]

Bermejo signed with division two's Celta de Vigo in late June 2011.[6] He contributed with eight goals in 35 games – 30 starts – in his first season as the Galicians returned to the top flight after five years, his third individually.[7] In July 2014 the 35-year-old retired from the game, being immediately appointed director of football at his last club.[8]




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