Francisco Gento

Francisco " Paco" Gento López ( born October 21, 1933, Guarnizo, El Astillero, Cantabria ) is a former Spanish footballer. The left winger Gento one of the outstanding players in the big time Real Madrid at the end of the 50er-/Anfang the 60s. Gento was known for his speed.

Club career

The Galerna del Cantabrian, the " Cantabrian whirlwind ," as he was called, his professional career began in 1952 with Racing Santander. Finally, the talent scouts from Real Madrid became aware of the player and undertook in 1953 the man from the " Province " for the " Royal ". As of the 1954 season, Gento had won a place in the team and brought in 1954 and 1955 his first two championships. In the following years he hastened with Madrid from success to success, winning the 1956 European Champion Clubs' Cup. The team led by Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Gento won just over the next four years, the most important trophy in European club football. On 18 May 1960 the Royal Club before 127,000 spectators in Glasgow's Hampden Park, the fifth European Cup triumph succeeded in a row. Teams Eintracht Frankfurt was outclassed 7-3 and suffered their heaviest defeat in a European Cup final.

The ingenious attack series Di Stéfano Puskás Gento seemed unstoppable and fooled every defensive formation by unpredictable dribbling. Unlike most wingers Gento had a hard shot, so he made sometimes more often than talk as scorer as flank donor himself. After another five Spanish titles in series ( 1961-1965 ), the 1962 Cup win and two defeats in the Cup final national champion (1962 and 1964 ) Gento could take as captain in 1966, the trophy back to reception. For Gento, like for real it was for the time being the last track in this competition, the era of " white ballet " now seemed finally to be over. Until 1971 Gento remained at Real Madrid. In a total of 511 games, he scored 150 goals for his team. After his playing career, he worked in the youth department.

Gento was eight times in the final of the European Cup of Champions ( record along with Paolo Maldini (CL ) ) and a time in a final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which he is the sole record holder for participation in European club competitions.

Career in the National Team

With the Spanish national team, he could not build on the success that he won with Real Madrid. With the Football World Cup 1962 in Chile Spain resigned as a group Last from in the first round. In 1964 he won with the Spanish national team's European Championship 1964, where he in the second leg of the second round the decisive goal in the 66th minute to make it 1-0 shot against Northern Ireland after a 1-1 no winner could be identified in the first leg. With the Football World Cup 1966 in England, the team remained with Gento as captain, fell short of expectations and was only third in the group. His last international match he graduated in 1969 with a 6-0 over Finland. In total, he completed 43 matches ( five goals).



  • Champions. 100 great footballers and their successes. Gondrom -Verlag, pp. 56
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