Raúl Magaña

Raúl Alfredo Magaña Monzón (24 February 1940 – 30 September 2009)[1] was a Salvadoran footballer and manager.

Raúl Magaña
Personal information
Full name Raúl Alfredo Magaña Monzón
Date of birth 24 February 1940
Place of birth Santa Ana, El Salvador
Date of death 30 September 2009(2009-09-30) (aged 69)
Place of death El Salvador
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1963 FAS
1963 Tipografía Nacional
1963–1964 Municipal
1964–1965 USAC
1965–1966 Alianza
1967 Montreal Cantalia
1968 Toronto Falcons 15 (0)
1968–1970 Atlético Marte
1970–1971 FAS
1971 Once Municipal
1975 Alianza
National team
1961–1970 El Salvador
Teams managed
1976, 1979, 1984, 1987 El Salvador
1980 Alianza
Luis Ángel Firpo
1976 Platense
Juventud Olímpica
2004–2008 Atlético Marte
1985–1986 ADOC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2007

He is regarded as one of the greats of Salvadoran football.

Club careerEdit

Magaña made his debut aged 18 against Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica, coming on as a sub for Humberto Pérez.[2] He played for several Salvadoran top level sides, most prominently for hometown club FAS, and also had spells in Guatemala and Canada. He finished his career with Alianza in January 1975.

During his stay at USAC, he earned himself an economy degree.

International careerEdit

Nicknamed Araña (spider) and even El Gran Salvadoreño (the great Salvadoran), Magaña represented his country at their first ever World Cup, the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico,[3] the final match against the Soviet Union also being his final international. Like his idol, the legendary Lev Yashin, Magaña also dressed in black and wore caps.[4]

Managerial careerEdit

He managed the national side in four different periods, making his debut against Guatemala in 1976. One of his last tricks was to lead Atlético Marte back in the Premier Division after years in the doldrums.

Also, he was president of the CONCACAF Technical Commission for more than eight years.[5]


Magaña died of gastric cancer on 30 September 2009, aged 69.[6] He was survived by his 5 children.


1957/58, 1961/62, 1962, 1965/66, 1968/69, 1970


  1. ^ Herrera S., Jorge (7 October 2009). "Falleció Raúl "Araña" Magaña Monzón" (in Spanish). Revista Debate. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009.
  2. ^ Santa Ana, la ciudad de las párvulas ilusiones, de rodillas ante el deceso de Raúl Alfredo Magaña... – CD FAS (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Raúl MagañaFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Descansa en paz, “Araña” Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine – La Prensa Grafica (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El señor del arco – El Salvador.com (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Hasta siempre, Araña – El Salvador.com (in Spanish)

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