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Carlos Marchena
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Marchena before a game with Spain in 2009
Personal information
Full name Carlos Marchena López
Date of birth (1979-07-31) 31 July 1979 (age 44)
Place of birth Las Cabezas, Spain
Height 1.83 m
Playing position Centre back, defensive midfielder
Youth career
Cabecense
1990–1997 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Sevilla 68 (1)
1998 Sevilla B 3 (0)
2000–2001 Benfica 20 (2)
2001–2010 Valencia 230 (8)
2010–2012 Villarreal 45 (1)
2012–2014 Deportivo La Coruña 44 (5)
2015 Kerala Blasters 1 (0)
Total 411 (17)
National team
1999 Spain U20 7 (0)
1999–2001 Spain U21 17 (0)
2000 Spain U23 5 (0)
2002–2011 Spain 69 (2)
Teams managed
2017–2018 Sevilla C (assistant)
2018 Spain (assistant)
Honours
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Silver Summer Olympic Games 2000
Winner FIFA World Cup 2010
Winner UEFA European Championship 2008
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Marchena López (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos maɾˈtʃena ˈlopeθ]; born 31 July 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer, and a manager. Mainly a central defender with an aggressive approach, he also played as a defensive midfielder.

Most of his professional career (nine years) was spent at Valencia, where he helped the club to five major titles, including two La Liga championships. He amassed totals in that competition of 330 matches and 11 goals over 13 seasons, also playing for Sevilla, Villarreal and Deportivo.

A Spanish international for the better part of the 2000s, Marchena won 69 caps and represented the national team in two World Cups and two European Championships, winning each competition once.

Club career

Early years

Born in Las Cabezas de San Juan, Province of Seville, Andalusia, Marchena started his professional career in hometown club Sevilla FC at the age of 18, when the club was playing in the second division. In the 1999–2000 season he made his La Liga debut, playing the entire match in a 2–2 home draw to Real Sociedad on 22 August 1999.

When Sevilla was relegated again at the end of the season, Marchena earned a transfer to Portugal's S.L. Benfica. During his spell in Lisbon he scored in two narrow wins, at home against C.F. Os Belenenses (1–0) and at S.C. Salgueiros (2–1), but almost left the club in late 2000 due to lack of payment.

Valencia

Marchena returned to his country in summer 2001 as he signed a four-year contract with Valencia CF which involved a swap-deal, with Zlatko Zahovič moving in the opposite direction. Having signed as a cover for ageing Miroslav Đukić, he took a while to impress in his first season (16 appearances) as Valencia clinched their first league title in 30 years, but gradually became first-choice.

In the 2003–04 campaign, with the club capturing an historic league and UEFA Cup double, Marchena played a pivotal role in defence, teaming up with Roberto Ayala. These performances led to his selection for the Spain national team for the Euro 2004 tournament.

2004–05 was not a very successful season for Valencia, as under new coach Claudio Ranieri the team struggled both domestically and in European tournaments. In a UEFA Champions League group stage match against SV Werder Bremen at the Weser-Stadion, Marchena was also given his marching orders in the early minutes of the second half (2–1 defeat) and his side were eventually eliminated from the elite competition; he remained a regular at both defensive positions.

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Marchena (right) tackling Sevilla's Luís Fabiano in 2007

During the Champions League match against Inter Milan on 6 March 2007, Marchena was involved in the on-pitch melee sparked by his teammate David Navarro: the former appeared to kick Inter defender Nicolás Burdisso after an angry exchange of words and, after the latter punched the Argentine's nose, a scuffle took place with several of Burdisso's teammates chasing Navarro all the way into the dressing room.

Consequently, Marchena, Navarro and several other Inter players involved were later charged with "gross unsporting conduct" by UEFA after the investigation. Both clubs were fined £106,000 while Marchena was banned for four games; after Euro 2008 he was selected by his teammates as new team captain, although he missed the first two months of the new season due to injury.

In the 2009–10 campaign, veteran Marchena contributed with 24 matches as the Che finished third and returned to the Champions League. He scored in two 3–1 away wins, against CA Osasuna and Xerez CD, only being booked seven times.

Late career

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Marchena (left) challenging Augusto Fernández in the Galician derby in 2012

On 1 August 2010, 31-year-old Marchena signed with Villarreal CF for three years. He made his official debut for the Valencians 18 days later, opening the score in a 5–0 home win against FC Dnepr Mogilev for the campaign's Europa League.

Regularly used in both defensive positions again, Marchena scored his second goal for the Yellow Submarine on 7 April 2011, in the same competition, a 5–1 home rout of FC Twente in the quarter-finals' first leg. He left at the end of 2011–12 after being released from contract, and his team also suffered relegation.

In the 2012 off-season, Marchena initially joined Deportivo de La Coruña for one year. The Galicians were eventually relegated but he chose to remain for a further season, in spite of more lucrative offers.

Following Deportivo's return to the top flight in 2014, Marchena left the club and remained unemployed until 1 August 2015 when he signed for Indian Super League outfit Kerala Blasters FC as its marquee player. After missing the start of the season with injury, he made his debut on 18 October in a 0–1 home loss to Delhi Dynamos FC; on 4 November, he left due to personal reasons.

After a period of training with amateurs CD Gerena, Marchena announced his retirement in January 2016. On 7 June of the following year he returned to his first club Sevilla, being appointed assistant manager of the C-team.

International career

Marchena first appeared for Spain as part of the under-20 squad alongside Xavi and Iker Casillas, winning the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was also on the roster for the 2000 Summer Olympics squad, winning the silver medal.

Marchena made his senior team debut on 21 August 2002, playing in a testimonial match for Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskás in Budapest, just after the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Subsequently, he was part of the nation's squads at UEFA Euro 2004, where he was chosen at the last minute by coach Iñaki Sáez as a strategic move to bolster his squad defensively; while Spain did not do well in the tournament and bowed out in the early stages, he did manage two appearances, although he also picked up two yellow cards while doing so.

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Marchena with Spain in 2010

On 8 June 2005, Marchena scored his first international goal, a last-minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, played in Valencia. He was picked for the final squad, but only featured in the last group game against Saudi Arabia.

Marchena was selected again by Luis Aragonés for Euro 2008, this time as undisputed starter, having also featured prominently in the qualifying stages. With Joan Capdevila, Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos, he formed a rock-solid defense and conceded only two goals in five games, his hard work and man-marking skills earning him a spot in the team of the tournament.

Under new coach Vicente del Bosque, Marchena slowly lost his spot to Gerard Piqué, but was still called up for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. As Spain downed Saudi Arabia on 29 May 2010 in preparation for the latter competition (where he played six minutes in the 1–0 quarter-final win against Paraguay, adding two injury-time appearances), he played his 50th consecutive undefeated match with the national team, surpassing previous holder Garrincha (49).

In June 2018, Marchena was allowed by Sevilla to join newly appointed Fernando Hierro's coaching staff for the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla 1997–98 Segunda División 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
1998–99 Segunda División 18 1 8 0 0 0 26 0
1999–00 La Liga 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
Total 68 1 8 0 0 0 76 1
Benfica 2000–01 Primeira Liga 20 2 0 0 0 0 20 2
Valencia 2001–02 La Liga 16 1 1 0 5 0 22 1
2002–03 La Liga 26 0 4 0 9 0 39 0
2003–04 La Liga 31 2 5 0 8 0 44 2
2004–05 La Liga 32 2 1 0 6 0 39 2
2005–06 La Liga 25 0 4 0 3 0 32 0
2006–07 La Liga 22 0 2 0 4 0 28 0
2007–08 La Liga 28 0 8 0 7 0 43 0
2008–09 La Liga 26 1 4 1 7 1 37 3
2009–10 La Liga 24 2 3 1 8 0 35 3
Total 230 8 32 2 57 1 319 11
Villarreal 2010–11 La Liga 28 1 0 0 12 2 40 3
2011–12 La Liga 17 0 1 0 6 1 24 1
Total 45 1 1 0 18 3 64 4
Deportivo 2012–13 La Liga 22 2 1 0 0 0 23 2
2013–14 Segunda División 22 3 1 0 0 0 23 3
Total 44 5 2 0 0 0 46 5
Kerala Blasters 2015 Indian Super League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 408 16 43 2 75 4 525 22

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2002 3 0
2003 9 0
2004 9 0
2005 6 1
2006 1 0
2007 10 1
2008 10 0
2009 8 0
2010 11 0
2011 2 0
Total 69 2
Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Marchena goal.
List of international goals scored by Carlos Marchena
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 June 2005 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–1 1–1 2006 World Cup qualification
2 22 August 2007 Toumba, Thessaloniki, Greece  Greece 1–1 3–2 Friendly

Honours

Valencia

Spain U20

Spain U23

Spain

Individual

See also

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