Marca (newspaper)

Marca (newspaper)
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MARCA's first publication. The caption reads: “Arm raised to the sportsmen of Spain”
Type Daily sports newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner Unidad Editorial
Founder Manuel Fernández-Cuesta
Editor Óscar Campillo
Associate editor Santiago Segurola
Founded December 21, 1938 (1938-12-21)
Language Spanish
Headquarters Avenida de San Luis, 25-27, 1ª planta
28033 Madrid
Circulation 403,000
Sister newspapers El Mundo, Expansión
OCLC number 472455028
Official website

MARCA is a Spanish national daily sports newspaper owned by Unidad Editorial. The newspaper focuses primarily on football, in particular the day-to-day activities of Real Madrid CF. It has a daily readership of over 2,749,000, the highest in Spain for a daily newspaper, and more than half of sports readership.[1]

Since February 2001 there has also been an associated 24-hour/day sports radio station, Radio Marca. In 2010 appeared the tv channel MARCA TV.



MARCA was founded on 21 December 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War, in nationalist-held San Sebastián. Its first editor was Manuel Fernández Cuesta.

On 25 November 1942 it ceased being published as a weekly publication and has been published as a daily ever since.

On December 21, 2007 MARCA hosted a gala event, featuring the leading Spanish sportsmen of the 20th century, to celebrate the newspaper's 70th anniversary. [2]

The paper has been involved in an ongoing dispute with Sir Alex Ferguson since the summer of 2008 when he accused MARCA of being "...a vehicle to unsettle players" on behalf of Real Madrid[3] - in reference to the alleged tapping-up of Cristiano Ronaldo.


The following awards are awarded by MARCA at the end of each season:

  • Pichichi - To the top goalscorer in La Liga as well as to the top goalscorer in Segunda División.
  • Zarra - To the top goalscorer among Spanish nationals in La Liga as well as to the top goalscorer among Spanish nationals in Segunda División.
  • Zamora - To the best goalkeeper in La Liga as well as to the best goalkeeper in Segunda División.
  • Miguel Muñoz - To the best head coach in La Liga as well as to the best head coach in Segunda División.
  • Guruceta - To the best referee in La Liga as well as to the best referee in Segunda División.
  • Di Stefano - To the best player in La Liga.


  • Manuel Fernández-Cuesta (1938–1945)
  • Ibrahim de Malcervelli (1945–1946)
  • Manuel Casanova (1946–1947)
  • Lucio del Álamo (1947–1954)
  • Nemesio Fernández-Cuesta (1954–1973)
  • Carmelo Martínez (1973–1983)
  • Valentín Martín (1983–1984)
  • Juan Pablo de Villanueva (1984–1986)
  • Jesús Ramos (1986–1987)
  • Luis Infante Bravo (1987–1997)
  • Manuel Saucedo (1997–2001)
  • Elías Israel (2001–2005)
  • Manuel Saucedo (2005–2006)
  • Alejandro Sopeña (2006–2007)
  • Eduardo Inda (2007–2011)
  • Óscar Campillo (2011–)

Further reading

  • Toro, Carlos (2008) (in Spanish). La Historia de Marca [The History of Marca]. Madrid. pp. 424. ISBN 9788497347235. 

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