Spain legend Carlos Marchena announces retirement from football

Ciudad del Fútbol 19 Ene 2016
Carlos Marchena was part of Spain's 2010 World Cup and 2008 European winning squads

Marchena is regarded as one of Spain's best defenders of all time and one of those players that has been sorrounded by success all his career. In fact, he was part of Spain's 2010 World Cup and 2008 European winning squads.

Carlos Marchena, born in 'Las Cabezas de San Juan' (Seville) in 1979, made his debut with the National Team in 2002, in a friendly against Hungary which finished with a 1-1 draw. Since then, he played in all the important international tournaments: the European Cup in Portugal (2004), the Germany World Cup (2006), the Austria and Switzerland European Cup (2008) and the South Africa World Cup (2010).

Marchena made his senior international debut on 21 August 2002

Marchena first appeared internationally for Spain in the youth 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.

He made his international debut on 21 August 2002 and scored his first goal on 8 June 2005, a last-minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Capped 69 times for Spain, Marchena represented the nation in two World Cups and as many European Championships, winning once in each competition (2008 and 2010).

Most of his professional career was spent at Valencia which he helped to five major titles, including two La Liga championships, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Super Cup.

His last game wearing Spain's jersey took place in Puerto La Cruz against Venezuela.

He did not return to the squad after 2011 without highlighting the "it's an honour to have worn the colours of the National Team".