Marcelino García Toral

Marcelino García Toral (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾθeˈlino ɣaɾˈθi.a toˈɾal];[a] born 14 August 1965), known simply as Marcelino, is a Spanish football manager and former player who played as an attacking midfielder. He is the current manager of La Liga club Villarreal.

Marcelino
Marcelino in 2020
Personal information
Full name Marcelino García Toral[1]
Date of birth (1965-08-14) 14 August 1965 (age 58)[1]
Place of birth Villaviciosa, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Team information
Current team
Villarreal (manager)
Youth career
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Sporting Gijón B 59 (9)
1985–1989 Sporting Gijón 74 (2)
1989–1990 Racing Santander 32 (4)
1990–1992 Levante 48 (1)
1992–1994 Elche 49 (1)
Total 262 (17)
International career
1983–1984 Spain U18 6 (0)
1985 Spain U19 1 (0)
1985 Spain U20 6 (1)
1985–1987 Spain U21 7 (0)
Managerial career
1997–1998 Lealtad
2001–2003 Sporting Gijón B
2003–2005 Sporting Gijón
2005–2007 Recreativo
2007–2008 Racing Santander
2008–2009 Zaragoza
2011 Racing Santander
2011–2012 Sevilla
2013–2016 Villarreal
2017–2019 Valencia
2021–2022 Athletic Bilbao
2023 Marseille
2023– Villarreal
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

In a ten-year senior career, he amassed La Liga totals of 74 matches and two goals, all at the service of Sporting de Gijón. He became a manager in 1997, working in the top division with Recreativo, Racing de Santander (two spells), Zaragoza, Sevilla, Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, winning the 2018–19 Copa del Rey with Valencia and the 2020–21 Supercopa de España with Athletic and being named best coach in Spain for the 2006–07 and 2017–18 seasons.[2] After a brief stint in charge of Marseille, he returned to Villarreal in November 2023.

Playing career edit

Born in Villaviciosa, Asturias, Marcelino was irregularly used in his first four professional seasons, at Sporting de Gijón.[3] He did appear in a career-best 33 matches in the 1986–87 campaign, as the club finished fourth in La Liga.[4] His top-flight debut was on 22 December 1985, in a 1–1 away draw against Celta.[5]

After two Segunda División spells, with Racing Santander and Levante, both ended in relegation, Marcelino moved to the lower leagues with Elche. He retired in 1994 at only 28, due to injury.[6]

Coaching career edit

Marcelino started coaching at 32 with lowly Lealtad, also in Asturias.[7] In the early 2000s he worked in the Segunda División B, with Sporting's reserves.[3]

From 2003 to 2005, Marcelino was in charge of the first team, finishing fifth and tenth in the second division, then signed with Recreativo de Huelva in the same league, which he led to promotion in his first season[8] and a comfortable mid-table position in the top tier in the following, which made him the recipient of his first Miguel Muñoz Trophy.[9]

 
Marcelino as Racing Santander manager in 2008.

Marcelino resigned at the end of the season and took over at former club Santander, leading the Cantabrians to a best-ever sixth-place finish, with the subsequent qualification for the UEFA Cup.[10] However, on 29 May 2008, he again moved teams, returning to division two and joining Real Zaragoza with the objective of a promotion,[11] which was finally achieved;[12] in the process of signing, he had rejected Valencia, and became the country's best paid manager at 2.4 million per year following the departure of Real Madrid's Bernd Schuster.[13]

On 13 December 2009, following a string of poor results (the last a 1–2 home defeat to Athletic Bilbao), Marcelino was fired by Zaragoza, with the Aragonese side nonetheless still above the relegation zone.[14] In early February 2011 he returned to Racing Santander, replacing Miguel Ángel Portugal.[15]

Marcelino was appointed at Sevilla for 2011–12.[16] On 6 February 2012, following seven games without a win – the last being a 1–2 home loss against Villarreal – and with the Andalusians ranking 11th, he was relieved of his duties.[17]

Marcelino signed with Villarreal on 14 January 2013,[18] returning the team to the top flight at the end of the campaign[19] and going on to subsequently achieve three top-six finishes,[20] which included a fourth place and a semi-final run in the UEFA Europa League in 2015–16.[21]

On 10 August 2016, a few days before the first official match of the season, Marcelino was sacked for differences with the board of directors, particularly over the removal of Mateo Musacchio from club captaincy.[22] On 11 May of the following year, he was named at the helm of Valencia for the upcoming campaign after penning a two-year deal.[23]

Marcelino won the Copa del Rey in his second season at the Mestalla Stadium, defeating Barcelona 2–1 in the final held in Seville.[24] On 11 September 2019, however, he was dismissed.[25]

On 4 January 2021, Marcelino was appointed as head coach of Athletic Bilbao on a contract until 30 June 2022.[26] In his first three games in charge, he lost against Barcelona in the domestic league[27] and defeated the same adversary and Real Madrid to win the Supercopa de España.[28][29] He was also on the bench for two Spanish Cup finals in two weeks (the first having been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic),[30] losing both.[31]

On 24 May 2022, Marcelino announced he would be stepping down on 30 June.[32] In June 2023, after one year of inactivity, he agreed to a deal at Ligue 1 club Marseille.[33][34] He resigned on 20 September, alleging personal reasons, seven matches into his tenure.[35]

Marcelino returned to Villarreal on 13 November 2023, signing a three-year contract;[36] he was their third manager of the campaign after Quique Setién and Pacheta, with Miguel Ángel Tena also having acted as interim for one game.[37][38]

Managerial statistics edit

As of 23 February 2024
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Lealtad   17 February 1997 30 June 1998 63 36 15 12 107 65 +42 057.14 [39]
Sporting Gijón B   15 January 2001 19 July 2003 99 41 26 32 139 110 +29 041.41 [40]
Sporting Gijón   19 July 2003 12 July 2005 86 35 22 29 100 82 +18 040.70 [41]
Recreativo   12 July 2005 26 June 2007 84 38 22 24 124 90 +34 045.24 [42]
Racing Santander   26 June 2007 28 May 2008 46 20 13 13 56 51 +5 043.48 [43]
Zaragoza   28 May 2008 13 December 2009 59 26 17 16 97 73 +24 044.07 [44]
Racing Santander   9 February 2011 7 June 2011 16 7 3 6 24 25 −1 043.75 [45]
Sevilla   7 June 2011 6 February 2012 27 9 9 9 29 30 −1 033.33 [46]
Villarreal   14 January 2013 10 August 2016 177 87 44 46 268 181 +87 049.15 [47]
Valencia   23 May 2017 11 September 2019 110 55 29 26 168 107 +61 050.00 [48]
Athletic Bilbao   4 January 2021 24 May 2022 75 28 26 21 92 79 +13 037.33 [49]
Marseille   23 June 2023 20 September 2023 7 3 3 1 9 6 +3 042.86 [50]
Villarreal   13 November 2023 Present 18 7 7 4 29 30 −1 038.89 [51]
Total 867 392 236 239 1,242 929 +313 045.21

Honours edit

Player edit

Spain U20

Manager edit

Lealtad

Recreativo

Valencia

Athletic Bilbao

Individual edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ In isolation, García is pronounced [ɡaɾˈθi.a].

References edit

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