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Rafael Marquez

Rafael Marquez
Complete Name: Rafael Márquez Álvarez
Nationality: Mexican
Place of Birth: Zamora, Mexico
Date of Birth: 13/02/1979
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 75 kg
National Team: Mexico
Current Club: FC Barcelona (Spain)
Position: Defender


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Club career history

Atlas Guadalajara (Mexico), Monaco (France), FC Barcelona (Spain)


2000 French 1st Division.. Champions (Monaco)
2005 Primera.. League Champions (FC Barcelona)
2003 League Cup winner (Monaco)
2001 League Cup Finals (Monaco)


Rafael Márquez (born February 13, 1979 in Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico) is a Mexican football player, who currently plays for FC Barcelona of the Spanish La Liga. His most usual demarcations are central defender and defensive midfielder.

Marquez began his career with Mexican club Atlas de Guadalajara, for whom he debuted in 1996 at only 17 years old. Marquez rose to prominence while with Atlas, making 77 appearances for the team, and debuting for the Mexican national team, before moving on in 1999. In that year, French club Monaco purchased Marquez for 6 million Euros. Marquez was an immediate success with Monaco, helping lead the team to the French title in his first season with the club. Despite pressures from larger clubs, Marquez would remain with the club until 2003, when Barcelona purchased him for 5 million Euros. In his first season with Barca, Marquez appeared 21 times, helping the team to a second place finish in La Liga. During his second season he was moved from his typical position as a central defender to the defensive mid-field, due to injuries to players Motta, Edmilson and Gerard. He completed a great season, being one of the main players that helped Barcelona win its 17th Spanish League on May 14th, 2005 after a 1-1 tie with Levante.

Since his debut February 5, 1997, Marquez has been one of the Mexican national team's most important players. He started all four of the team's games in the 2002 World Cup, and has been an integral part of two World Cup Qualifying campaigns.

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