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Marcelino Elena Sierra (born 26 September 1971), known simply as Marcelino, is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a central defender.

Personal information
Full name Marcelino Elena Sierra
Date of birth (1971-09-26) 26 September 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Sporting B 115 (5)
1994–1995 Sporting Gijón 14 (0)
1996–1999 Mallorca 122 (13)
1999–2003 Newcastle United 17 (0)
2003–2004 Poli Ejido 46 (0)
Total 314 (18)
National team
1998–1999 Spain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Sporting / MallorcaEdit

Marcelino was born in Gijón, Asturias, and began his career at local club Sporting de Gijón, where he appeared sporadically with the first team in three seasons before earning a move to RCD Mallorca in January 1996. There, he was instrumental in a promotion to La Liga, forming a formidable partnership with Iván Campo in 1997–98 as they finished fifth.[1]

In the following season the Balearic Islands side finished third in the league and lost the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final to S.S. Lazio, with the player featuring the full 90 minutes in the 1–2 defeat.[2]


In 1999 Marcelino transferred to Newcastle United for £5.8 million, after impressing with Mallorca in Spain and Europe. A lot was expected of him at his new team, but he appeared only 20 times (all competitions) for the club in the first year and a half, being placed with the reserve team for the rest of his spell and finally reaching an agreement to leave in January 2003, having not featured for the main squad since 11 February 2001, against Charlton Athletic.[3]

Marcelino also suffered several different injuries during his time with the Magpies, which stuttered his career there.[4] Scans on the affected areas were occasionally declared to be inconclusive,[5] the most serious of his injuries being a snapped finger tendon which prevented him from playing for two months.[6]

Later yearsEdit

After one and a half seasons in Segunda División with Polideportivo Ejido,[7] Marcelino retired. He subsequently spent two years as Everton's Spanish scout, and also worked as a football commentator for RTVE's Premier League matches. He moved on to work as a football agent.[8][9]

International careerEdit

Marcelino earned five caps for Spain over a seven-month period, the first coming against Italy in Salerno on 18 November 1998.[10] He would play his last international in an UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier routing of San Marino (9–0 home win, 90 minutes played).



  1. ^ "Iván Campo, aquel central melenudo que jugó en el Alavés" [Iván Campo, that hairy stopper who played in Alavés] (in Spanish). Vavel. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "El Mallorca pierde con orgullo" [Mallorca lose proudly] (in Spanish). El País. 20 May 1999. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Clinical Charlton too hot for Newcastle". BBC Sport. 11 February 2001. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ Never again...; BBC Sport, 1 April 2003
  5. ^ Buyers beware – costly flops are everywhere; The Guardian, 23 August 2005
  6. ^ Marcelino frustrates Newcastle; The Independent, 8 November 2000
  7. ^ "Marcelino, de la Premier a Segunda" [Marcelino, from Premier to Segunda] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 January 2003. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Marcelino: "Marco Asensio debe tener minutos para crecer"" [Marcelino: "Marco Asensio must have minutes to grow"] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Nico Rodríguez se reúne con Marcelino Elena" [Nico Rodríguez meets Marcelino Elena] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Notable alto" [B Plus] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 19 November 1998. Retrieved 22 May 2013.

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