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Rafa Marquez returns to football as a coach

Rafa Marquez returns to football as a coach

At Real Sociedad Deportiva Alcala, Spain’s fourth division side, Mexico legend Rafa Marquez has started his youth coaching career training.

After playing in his fifth World Cup the 41-year-old retired in July 2018 and afterward had a nine-month stint as the sporting president of Atlas but has now moved into the coaching world.

“It is a nice opportunity for which I am very grateful,” Marquez said in quotes carried by the website of the club. “I had a very warm welcome at the project, to which I feel very committed and to which I come in good spirits to assist and offer my entire experience as a player and now as a coach.”

For his UEFA Pro license as he becomes a head coach, Marquez, who after his time with Barcelona holds a Spanish passport, is currently studying with the Spanish Football Federation.

“The young players at Alcala will have the fortune to learn from a player who left Atlas for European Football after shining for his national team at the Copa America in Paraguay in 1999, where he practically performed all of his successful sporting careers,” read the club statement.

Slamming the promotion and relegation suspension: between the top two divisions, Marquez left Atlas last May after Grupo Orlegi bought out the club and became a fierce critic of how the Mexican game is running.

“Instead of moving forward every day with these decisions, we ‘re going backward and when it’s run like this, with the interests of team owners [take priority], we ‘re not going to achieve anything on the sports side,” he told ESPN in April.

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