Tote (footballer)

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Tote playing for Hércules in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jorge López Marco
Date of birth (1978-11-23) 23 November 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1986–1987 Los Yébenes San Bruno
1987–1993 Atlético Madrid
1993–1997 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Real Madrid C 30 (20)
1998–1999 Real Madrid B 29 (4)
1999–2003 Real Madrid 5 (0)
1999–2000 Benfica (loan) 7 (0)
2001–2002 Valladolid (loan) 36 (7)
2003–2005 Betis 17 (2)
2005 Málaga (loan) 9 (0)
2005–2006 Valladolid 30 (3)
2006–2012 Hércules 179 (29)
Total 342 (65)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jorge López Marco (born 23 November 1978), known as Tote, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

He amassed Segunda División totals of 187 games and 31 goals over the course of six seasons, almost exclusively with Hércules. In La Liga he appeared for Real Madrid, Valladolid, Betis, Málaga and Hércules, adding 88/10 in a 15-year professional career.

Club career[edit]

After beginning his football grooming with Atlético Madrid, Madrid-born Tote moved crosstown in 1993, joining Real Madrid's youth ranks. Playing mainly with its B-side after having begun with Real Madrid C, he received his first-team debut on 8 May 1999, as a late substitute in a 2–3 away loss against Real Sociedad.[1]

After an unsuccessful loan stint in Portugal with S.L. Benfica,[2] Tote was definitely promoted to the main squad, but only appeared in three games during the season as Real were crowned champions. The following year he was again loaned, now to Real Valladolid, and developed into a La Liga player, scoring his first goal against Málaga CF on 16 September 2001 (2–1 away win); one month later he added a hat-trick, in a 4–1 triumph at Athletic Bilbao.[3]

Returning to Real, Tote only made one league appearance, at Recreativo de Huelva, being subsequently sold to Real Betis on a five-year contract.[4] Injuries[5] and loss of form soon made him surplus to requirements and, during the 2005 January transfer window, he was loaned to neighbouring Málaga, where he failed to produce.

After a quick return spell with Valladolid, Tote signed a two-year link with another second division club, Hércules CF. In the 2009–10 campaign he contributed with four goals in 35 matches (2,439 minutes) as the Alicante team returned to the top division, after 13 years.

In early March 2011, during the second half of an eventual 1–2 home loss to UD Almería, Tote suffered a severe knee injury from which he never fully recovered.[6] Hércules was eventually relegated as 19th, and he retired in the summer of 2012 at the age of 33 after not having his contract renewed.[7]


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