Marcos Alonso (footballer, born 1959)
Marcos Alonso Peña (born 1 October 1959) is a Spanish retired footballer, and a coach.
|Full name||Marcos Alonso Peña|
|Date of birth||1 October 1959|
|Place of birth||Santander, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Known simply as Marcos in his playing days, he played mainly as a right winger but appeared also as a forward, amassing La Liga totals of 302 games and 46 goals over the course of 13 seasons, ten of which were spent with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona (five apiece).
Marcos was born in Santander, Cantabria. After passing unsuccessfully through Real Madrid's youth ranks, he made his La Liga debuts for hometown's Racing Club de Santander, still not aged 18, being already an automatic first-choice in his second professional season, which ended in relegation.
His reputation continued to grow at Atlético Madrid and he was, at the time, the country's most expensive signing, when FC Barcelona paid 150 million pesetas for his services, in 1982. In his first year he scored six goals in 30 matches in the league, and also an injury time header against Real Madrid in the campaign's Copa del Rey final, which ended with a 2–1 win.
However, Marcos was also one of four Barça players who failed to find the net in the final of the 1985–86 European Cup against FC Steaua Bucureşti, in a penalty shootout loss, as goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam saved all taken attempts. He retired in 1991 after an unassuming return to Atlético Madrid, and after helping first club Racing return to the second division.
Subsequently, Marcos became a coach. In his first experience he led lowly Rayo Vallecano to a first-ever win at Real Madrid in the latter's ground (2–1), managing Sevilla FC afterwards (one top flight promotion followed by immediate relegation).
Marcos earned 22 caps for Spain, the first coming on 25 March 1981 in a 2–1 friendly win in England. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1984, being an unused squad member in an eventual runner-up finish.
|1.||12 June 1985||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||1–2||1–2||1986 World Cup qualification|
- La Liga: 1984–85
- Copa del Rey: 1982–83; Runner-up 1983–84, 1985–86
- Supercopa de España: 1983; Runner-up 1985
- Copa de la Liga: 1983
- European Cup: Runner-up 1985–86
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- "2–1: ¡Que final!" [2–1: What a final!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 5 June 1983. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Duckadam inspires Steaua". UEFA. 18 April 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Marcos y su volver a empezar" [Marcos starting all over]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 April 1991. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
- "Marcos Alonso, destituído" [Marcos Alonso, fired]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 October 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "1–2: España cortó el bacalao" [1–2: Spain got job done]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 June 1985. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- "Spain unveil provisional party". UEFA. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- Bhardwaj, Vaishali (27 March 2018). "From grandfather, to father to son: Chelsea's Marcos Alonso makes football history with Spain debut". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 March 2018.