Abel Resino

Abel Resino

Abel as a coach at Atlético Madrid
Personal information
Full name Abel Resino Gómez
Date of birth (1960-02-02) 2 February 1960
Place of birth Velada, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Toledo
1980–1982 Ciempozuelos
1982–1986 Atlético Madrid B 42 (0)
1986–1995 Atlético Madrid 243 (0)
1995–1996 Rayo Vallecano 21 (0)
Total 306 (0)
National team
1991 Spain 2 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Ciudad Murcia
2007 Levante
2008–2009 Castellón
2009 Atlético Madrid
2010–2011 Valladolid
2012 Granada
2013 Celta
2015 Granada

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Resino and the second or maternal family name is Gómez.

Abel Resino Gómez (born 2 February 1960), sometimes known just as Abel, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and a current coach.

Nicknamed El Gato (The Cat) due to his reflexes,[1] he played most of his professional career at Atlético Madrid. For roughly one year, starting in early 2009, he also coached the club, helping it qualify once for the Champions League.

Over the course of ten seasons, nine of those with Atlético, Abel appeared in 264 games in La Liga.

Playing career

Born in Velada, Province of Toledo, Abel arrived at Club Atlético de Madrid in 1982 from lowly CD Ciempozuelos after also having represented local CD Toledo, but would have to wait five years (four of those spent with the reserve side, only managing to be first-choice in his third season) to become a starter. He went on to amass over 300 overall appearances for the club, helping to back-to-back Copa del Rey trophies.

Abel held the record for the longest clean sheet in La Liga at 1,275 minutes, finally being beaten by Luis Enrique of Sporting de Gijón on 19 March 1991. This record was also the European record in a single season until 2009, when Edwin van Der Sar from Manchester United broke it against Fulham.[2]

Leaving the Colchoneros precisely before the team's double conquest in 1996, Abel closed out his career at the age of 36 after one season with Madrid neighbours Rayo Vallecano, helping it retain its top division status. He played in two 1991 friendlies with Spain, the first being on 27 March in a 2–4 defeat to Hungary[3] and the second with Romania the following month.[4]

Coaching career

After retiring Resino returned to Atlético, in different periods and capacities (goalkeeper coach, sporting director[1]). In 2005 he started his head coaching career, with second division's Ciudad de Murcia, leading it to a near-top level promotion after finishing fourth.

Resino's next stop was Levante UD,[5] which had in fact promoted the previous year. After taking charge midway through the campaign, replacing Juan Ramón López Caro, he helped the team avoid relegation and had his link renewed;[6] however, seven games and six losses into the following season, he was sacked.[7]

After one-and-a-half solid seasons in the second level with CD Castellón, Resino returned to Atlético, replacing released Javier Aguirre in February 2009 and helping the club to exactly the same place as the previous year, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League, after which he extended his contract.[8] On 23 October he was fired following a poor string of results – only one win in the league from seven outings, the culmination being the 0–4 group stage loss at Chelsea for the Champions League.[9][10]

In early December 2010, Abel was appointed head coach of Real Valladolid in the second division, replacing sacked Antonio Gómez. His first game in charge produced nine goals, a 4–5 home loss against CD Numancia.[11]

Resino was appointed at Granada CF on 22 January 2012, replacing Fabriciano González following a 0–3 away loss at RCD Espanyol, fired even though the club was still out of the relegation zone.[12] On 18 February of the following year he returned to active and the top flight, taking the place of fired Paco Herrera at relegation-threatened side Celta de Vigo.[13]

Resino returned to Granada on 19 January 2015, replacing fired Joaquín Caparrós at the helm of the bottom-placed team.[14] He was relieved of his duties on 1 May, after only being able to climb one position in the table.



Atlético Madrid

Managerial statistics

As of 1 May 2015
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ciudad Murcia[16] Spain 1 July 2005 30 June 2006 44 21 12 11 47.73
Levante[17] Spain 16 January 2007 7 October 2007 27 6 7 14 22.22
Castellón[18] Spain 30 June 2008 1 February 2009 26 10 10 6 38.46
Atlético Madrid[19] Spain 3 February 2009 23 October 2009 31 14 8 9 45.16
Valladolid[20] Spain 6 December 2010 17 June 2011 29 14 5 10 48.28
Granada[21] Spain 23 January 2012 6 June 2012 19 7 2 10 36.84
Celta[22] Spain 18 February 2013 8 June 2013 14 5 2 7 35.71
Granada[23] Spain 19 January 2015 1 May 2015 15 2 5 8 13.33
Total 205 79 51 75 38.54


  1. 1 2 Abel Resino, esencia rojiblanca (Abel Resino, rojiblanca essence); Mundo Deportivo, 4 February 2009 (Spanish)
  2. "The World's 414 Top Division goalkeepers of all time with the longest time without conceding a goal". IFFHS. Archived from the original on 18 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  3. La selección casi dió lástima (National team was nearly pityful); Mundo Deportivo, 28 March 1991 (Spanish)
  4. De nuevo vencidos y sin gloria (Again beaten hopelessly); Mundo Deportivo, 18 April 1991 (Spanish)
  5. Levante in Abel hands; UEFA.com, 16 January 2007
  6. Resino reward for Levante escape act; UEFA.com, 16 June 2007
  7. Winless Levante let Resino go; UEFA.com, 8 October 2007
  8. Resino will remain at Atlético helm; UEFA.com, 5 June 2009
  9. "Atletico Madrid sack coach Resino". BBC Sport. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  10. Abel se despide sin rencor en una rueda de prensa surrealista (Abel leaves holding no grudge in surrealistic press conference); Marca, 23 October 2009 (Spanish)
  11. Un gran Barkero decide el derbi (Great Barkero decides derby); Diario AS, 11 December 2010 (Spanish)
  12. "Abel Resino se convierte en nuevo técnico del Granada" [Abel Resino becomes new Granada coach] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  13. "Abel Resino sustituye a Paco Herrera en el banquillo del Celta" [Abel Resino replaces Paco Herrera in Celta bench] (in Spanish). Celta's official website. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  14. "Abel Resino, nuevo entrenador del Granada" [Abel Resino, new manager of Granada] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  15. "El Mallorca, finalista elemplar" [Mallorca, the perfect finalist] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 June 1991. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  16. "Abel Resino: Abel Resino Gómez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
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  19. "Abel Resino: Abel Resino Gómez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
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  21. "Abel Resino: Abel Resino Gómez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  22. "Abel Resino: Abel Resino Gómez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  23. "Abel Resino: Abel Resino Gómez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 May 2016.

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