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Edmundo Suárez

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Full nameEdmundo Suárez Trabanco
Date of birthJanuary 22, 1916
Place of birthBarakaldo, Spain
Date of deathDecember 14, 1978(age 62)
Playing positionStriker

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Edmundo Suárez Trabanco (January 22, 1916 - December 14, 1978) was a Spanish footballer and coach. He was born in Baracaldo. He played center-forward for Valencia CF for most of his career except for his last season where he played with CD Alcoyano.

Mundo is a legend for Valencia CF since he scored the highest number of league goals for team in its history twice winning the trophy for the top goal scorer. He is the fifth highest scoring player in the history of the Spanish league, only surpassed by men of the calibre of Zarra, Alfredo di Stéfano, Isidro Vagrant and Ferenc Puskás

His great physical strength and strong will allowed him to dominate Spanish football during the 1940s. Along with Epi, Amadeo, Asensi and Gorostiza, he formed an electric front line that transformed Valencia CF into a winning team.

He played with various amateur teams in his native Basque Country, but the civil war changed his career completely. He was on contract with the Athletic Club but as this acquisition was made in republican territory it was not considered valid by the pro-Franco state which remained in power after the Spanish Civil war. In the year 1939, the pro-Franco army created a team, the Recovery to Raise, taken from the one which formed from diverse players who had fought in military region to Raise. Said team was chosen by Valencia CF to debut after the civil war. The Valencia CF after seeing it in action did not waste the opportunity and acquired it.

After this over-elaborate acquisition, Mundo stayed in Valencia for eleven seasons between 1939-40 and 1949-50. During his career, he was a high-scoring player obtaining an average of 0.92 goals per game during his career with Valencia CF. Thanks to this, he was awarded the trophy Pichichi (top scoring player) in the seasons 1941-1942 and 1942-1943 with 27 and 28 goals respectively.

After a season in which he barely won 6 games, he decided to leave the club for which he had played all his career to join in the nearby and modest CD Alcoyano which was also in the first division. There he remained for only the 1950-1951 season, as it was felt he was no longer able to play at this level.

Nevertheless, this was not the end of his relationship with Valencia. During the season 1963-1964 he took over coaching the team, replacing Pasieguito, another legend of Valencianismo. Thanks to their strong character and tactical inflexibility he went on to improve Valencia's league position, finishing in sixth place. The team's showing in the Cup of Fairs was a lot better, but lost against the Real Zaragoza in a contested match. After the good action of that year, the board of directors of Valencia CF allowed him to coach for one more year. However, as the coach finished the league in fourth position, the directors hired another coach, Barinaga. The team did not improve under Barinaga, so Mundo returned to his old position as coach the next season.

The season 1966-1967 began as the coach tied for the Copa del Rey and lost in the end to the Athletic Club 2-0. His career as the coach in the Valencia CF continued to October 13, 1968 but was ended by the team's poor performance.

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