Marvin Ávila

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Marvin Ávila
Personal information
Full name Marvin Tomás Ávila Sánchez
Date of birth (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Livingston, Guatemala
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Suchitepéquez 42 (10)
2007–2009 Municipal 20 (2)
2009 Shaanxi Chanba 2 (1)
2009–2017 Municipal 189 (34)
2017– Suchitepéquez 9 (1)
National team
2006– Guatemala 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marvin Tomás Ávila (born 6 December 1985) is a Guatemalan footballer who plays as a midfielder for Guatemalan club Suchitepéquez and the Guatemala national team.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed "Titi Man", Ávila made his mark in the 2007 Clausura season, considered a breakthrough season for the winger, scoring six goals including a hat-trick against Deportivo Petapa. His form and quick rise for both his club and the national team were the main reasons behind his move to Guatemala's biggest club, Municipal, for the 2007-08 season.[1] On his debut for Municipal in the 2007 Apertura against his former club, CD Suchitepéquez, he scored the winning goal, a spectacular one-time volley off a corner from Freddy García.

In 2009, he had a short stint at Chinese side Shaanxi Chanba, being the first Guatemalan player ever to play for a club in Asia. He then returned to Municipal.

International career[edit]

Ávila made his international debut as a late substitute in a match against the United States in a pre-World Cup friendly in February 2006. He scored his first goal for the Guatemalan senior side in a friendly match against Honduras later that year. On 17 October 2007, in a game against the Mexico national team, he came of age at the international level, scoring a brace (first the equalizer and then the winner) and setting up an earlier goal. This superb performance helped Guatemala beat Mexico for the first time in almost seven years. As of January 2010, he had collected 24 caps, scored three goals and represented Guatemala in two FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[2] He also played at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In 2007 and 2008 he was part of Guatemala's under-23 team[3] scoring the winning goal against Haiti, and although the Guatemala National Team started the tournament off strong, they slowly began to lose momentum and eventually fell short of qualifying for the 2008 Olympic tournament.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Guatemala's goal tally first.[1]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 October 2006 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Honduras 2–0 2–3 Friendly
2 17 October 2007 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Mexico 2–2 3–2 Friendly
3 17 October 2007 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Mexico 3–2 3–2 Friendly
4 7 September 2014 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States  Belize 2–0 2–1 2014 Copa Centroamericana


  1. ^ a b "Marvin Ávila". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  2. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
  3. ^ 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification Group B Rosters Announced - CONCACAF

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