SALVADOR GONZÁLEZ MARCO 'VORO'

Date of Birth: 9 October, 1963
Nationality: Spain (international from 1993 until 1995)
Period at Deportivo: 1993 - 1996 (winter)
Transfer: (1993, Valencia)
Previous Clubs: Valencia (1985-1993), Tenerife
Sold: (1996, to Logroñés)
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Position: Defender (central)

VORO was aged 30 when, after having played 216 matches in the Primera División with the club from his city of birth, he went on a free transfer to Deportivo. At Valencia he had experienced much; from relegation in 1986 until a second place in 1990.

The defender fitted perfectly the profile Deportivo president Lendoiro set those years for possible signings: Spanish, cheap and experienced. Voro had been a secure defender for seven years at Valencia and accepted to play for the team which had finished third that season, one place above his own team.

Voro would become a huge success in La Coruña and was a very important piece in the team which was known as ‘Superdepor’. Voro was there when the team just failed winning the Liga in 1994 but won the Copa del Rey, and Supercopa, one year later. Deportivo also finished second in 1995, and Voro had played 69 out of 76 Liga matches for them in those two years.

His place in the team was undisputed, and he formed a magnificent defence with colleagues like Nando, Djukic, Ribera, Donato and López-Rekarte. Deportivo leaked a total of just 50 goals in the seasons 1993/1994 and 1994/1995 and it soon earned Voro a call-up for the Spanish team. On 13 October, 1993 he was present when Spain won 1-3 against Ireland and he was picked for the World Cup 1994 tournament taking place in the United States. He played in the match of Spain against Bolivia and on 22 February, 1995 played his ninth, and final, match against Germany (0-0).

Voro was characterized as a disciplined and strong defender, specialized in marking strikers. His strong physical capabilities made him unbeatable in the air and almost impossible to beat in an one-on-one situation. He can be considered an ‘old school’ defender as his technical qualities were limited.

But fairy tales always end, and so did his time at Deportivo. In 1996, at the age of 33, coach Toshack replaced him with Naybet and Voro would play just three more Liga matches that campaign. His last one was on 10 November, 1996 against Tenerife, and of course Deportivo didn’t leak a goal that day (0-0).

During the winterbreak of the season 1996/1997 he was allowed to leave and picked Logroñés as his new team, although Las Palmas also were after him. Despite his 22 matches for them the team finished last and got relegated to the Segunda División. In 2004 he is working hard to become a coach, and recently led Valencia B.

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