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Marcelino Garcia Toral

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Marcelino Garcia Toral (14 August 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer and the current manager of Spanish La Liga club Villarreal CF.

Marcelino made 74 appearances for Sporting de Gijón in La Liga in a four year spell before playing second division football with Racing Satander, Levante and Elche.

Coaching Career

Marcelino Garcia Toral started coaching at 33 with lowly CD Lealtad, also in Asturias. For four of the next five years he worked in Segunda División B, with Sporting de Gijón’s reserves.

From 2003 to 2005 Toral was in charge of the first team, finishing fifth and tenth in the Segunda A, then signed with fellow league outfit Recreativo de Huelva, which he led to promotion to La Liga in his first season and a comfortable mid-table position in the top flight the following seasons, which made him the recipient of his first Miguel Muñoz Trophy as La Liga Coach of the season, as voted by leading Spanish newspaper MARCA.

Marcelino Garcia Toral resigned at the end of the season and took over at former club Santander, leading the Cantabrians to a best-ever sixth-place finish in La Liga, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup.

On 29 May 2008, Marcelino again moved clubs, returning to division two and joining Real Zaragoza with the objective of a promotion, which was finally achieved; in the process of signing, he had rejected Valencia CF, and became the country’s best paid manager at €2.4 million per year following the departure of Real Madrid’s Bernd Schuster.

Marcelino won his second Miguel Muñoz Trophy in 2009.

On 13 December 2009, following a string of poor results, Marcelino left Zaragoza. In early February 2011 he returned to Racing Santander, replacing fired Miguel Ángel Portugal.

Marcelino was appointed by Sevilla FC for 2011–12 season but was relieved of his duties midway through the season.

On 14 January 2013, was Marcelino ​​officially unveiled as the new manager of Villarreal CF until the end of the season 2012/13 season. The team finished the competition in second place and Marcelino won his third promotion to the First Division as a coach. In November 2013, Marcelino renewed his contract with the club for two more years.

The 2013/14 season saw Villarreal finish in sixth position in La Liga, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League .

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Managerial Honours

  • Segunda División Champions: 2005–06
  • La Liga promotion: 2006, 2009, 2013,
  • Miguel Muñoz Trophy (La Liga): 2006–07
  • Miguel Muñoz Trophy (Segunda División): 2008–09
  • La Liga Manager of the Month: September 2013

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Managerial Career Details

Club League Years
C. D. Lealtad Tercera Division 1997-1998
Sporting Gijón B Segunda B 2001-2003
Sporting Gijón Segunda A 2003-2005
Recreativo Huelva Segunda A / La Liga 2005-2007
Racing Santander La Liga 2007-2008
Real Zaragoza Segunda A / La Liga 2008-2009
Racing Santander La Liga 2011
Sevilla FC La Liga 2011-2012
Villarreal CF Segunda A / La Liga 2013-

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