Barcelona (EFE).- Marcos Alonso Peña (Santander, October 1, 1959), father of Barcelona player Marcos Alonso Mendoza and son of fellow international Marcos Alonso Imaz ‘Marquitos’, died this Thursday at the age of 63, a victim of cancer.
The information was advanced by the newspaper Marca and EFE was able to confirm it from Barcelona sources. Marcos Alonso played thirteen seasons in the First Division (Racing de Santander, Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona and Logroñés) and was capped 22 times with Spain.
He won five titles, all of them with Barcelona: one League (1984-85), one Copa del Rey (1983), one Spanish Super Cup (1983) and two League Cups (1983 and 1986).
Marcos made his debut in the First Division at the age of seventeen in the ranks of Racing. His resolution in one against one and his self-confidence opened the doors of the Cantabrian first team, where he stayed for two seasons, before signing for Atlético de Madrid in the summer of 1979.
He played three seasons at Manzanares and became international before signing for Barcelona, where he lived his best days. He won five titles as a Barça player and the Catalan fans will always remember the winning goal scored against Real Madrid in the 1983 Cup final.
He returned to Atlético, although his battered knee prevented him from playing at the desired level. His last season in Primera was 1989-90 in the ranks of Logroñés and he still played one more season, with his Racing de Santander, which at that time was a member of Segunda B, and helped to promote the category.
With his stage as a player closed, Marcos Alonso opened the folder as a coach. He was an assistant at Jorge D’Alessandro’s Atlético de Madrid; and later he led Rayo Vallecano, Racing de Santander, Sevilla and Zaragoza, among other teams.
With the national team he played 22 games in 4 years and both José Emilio Santamaría and Miguel Muñoz trusted him. Marcos Alonso was part of the historic 12-1 against Malta.