Edmundo Suárez

Edmundo Suárez Trabanco (22 January 1916 – 14 December 1978) was a Spanish football player and coach – better known as Mundo. He was born in Baracaldo. He played as a centre-forward for Spanish club Valencia CF for most of his career, except for his last season, where he played for CD Alcoyano.

Mundo
Personal information
Full name Edmundo Suárez Trabanco
Date of birth (1916-01-22)22 January 1916
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Date of death 14 December 1978(1978-12-14) (aged 62)
Place of death Spain
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Kakaleku
Lejona (SD Leioa)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1936 Athletic Bilbao 1 (0)
Logroñés
1939–1950 Valencia 210 (186)
1950–1951 Alcoyano 21 (9)
National team
1941–1942 Spain 3 (3)
Teams managed
1951–1952 Hércules
Gandía
1954–1956 Zaragoza
1956–1957 Lleida
1957–1958 Cultural Leonesa
1958–1959 Real Gijón
1959–1960 Zaragoza
1960 Xerez
1960–1961 Baracaldo
1962–1964 Mestalla
1964–1965 Valencia
1965–1966 Mestalla
1966–1968 Valencia
1970 Murcia
1971 Levante
Mestalla
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Mundo initially played football with various amateur teams in his native Basque Country, but the Spanish Civil War changed his career completely. He had a contract with Athletic Bilbao but this acquisition was made in republican territory, therefore it was not considered valid by the pro-Franco state which remained in power after the War. In 1939, the pro-Franco army created a team, named "Recovery of Levante" formed diverse players who had fought in the military region of Levante. Said team was chosen by Valencia CF as its first opponent after the war, and after seeing 'Recovery of Levante' in action, the established club did not waste the opportunity and acquired all of its players.

After this acquisition, Mundo stayed in Valencia for eleven seasons between 1939–40 and 1949–50. His great physical strength allowed him to dominate Spanish football during the 1940s. Along with Epifanio Fernández [es], Amadeo Ibáñez [es], Vicente Asensi and Guillermo Gorostiza, he formed an electric front line that transformed Valencia into a winning team: they won La Liga three times during that decade (1941–42, 1943–44, 1946–47) and were runners-up twice, and claimed the Copa del Rey on two occasions (1941, 1948–49) from five appearances in the final.

Mundo is considered an idol for fans of Valencia because he holds, by a considerable margin, the record for the highest number of goals scored for the club with 238 in the two major domestic competitions, obtaining an average of 0.92 goals per game. He won the Pichichi Trophy (top scoring player) in the 1941–42 and 1942–43 seasons, with 27 and 28 goals respectively. He is currently the tenth highest goal scorer in the history of the Spanish league (with the fifth-highest goals-per-game ratio), and the sixth highest goalscorer in the history of the Copa del Rey.

After a season in which he played only six games, he decided to leave Valencia to join in the nearby, smaller club Alcoyano which was also in the first division. He remained there for the 1950–51 season, until he realised he was no longer able to play at the top level.

International careerEdit

Suárez earned three international caps with the Spain national football team between 1941 and 1942, scoring three goals. His international debut was on 28 December 1941 against Switzerland.

Coaching careerEdit

During the 1963–64 season, Suárez returned to Valencia and took up the position of team coach, replacing Pasieguito, another legend of Valencian football. Thanks to his strong character and tactical inflexibility, he went on to improve Valencia's league position, placing them in sixth place. The team's performance in the Fairs Cup was much better, but they lost against Real Zaragoza in a controversial match. After the positive results of that year, the Valencia FC board of directors allowed him to coach for one more year. However, as the team finished the league in fourth place, the directors hired another coach, Barinaga. With Barinaga, the team did not reach its expectations, so Mundo returned to his old position as coach for the next season.

He started the 1966–67 season as the team's coach and achieved great success, winning the Copa del Rey by beating Athletic Club 2–0 in the final. His remained Valencia's coach until 13 October 1968, when he ended his coaching career due to the team's poor performance.

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Spain League
1939–40 Valencia CF La Liga 20 14
1940–41 22 21
1941–42 25 27
1942–43 22 23
1943–44 26 28
1944–45 21 17
1945–46 25 20
1946–47 10 10
1947–48 11 5
1948–49 22 19
1949–50 6 2
Total 210 186
1950–51 CD Alcoyano La Liga 21 9
Total 21 9
Total Spain 231 195

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

Valencia CF

IndividualEdit

  • 2 Pichichi trophy for the highest goalscorer of the season in the Spanish league: 1941–42, 1943–44

ManagerEdit

Valencia CF

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