Carlos Merino

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Carlos Merino
Personal information
Full name Carlos Gustavo Merino González
Date of birth (1980-03-15) 15 March 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1997 University of Texas
1997–1999 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Nottingham Forest 7 (0)
2000–2003 Athletic Bilbao 8 (0)
2001–2002Burgos (loan) 20 (0)
2004–2005 Numancia 43 (6)
2005–2007 Gimnàstic 55 (3)
2007–2008 Las Palmas 13 (0)
2008–2010 Albacete 57 (7)
2011–2013 Wacker Innsbruck 70 (9)
2013–2014 Panthrakikos 2 (0)
2014–2015 Portugalete 13 (0)
Total 288 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Gustavo Merino González (born 15 March 1980) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Merino started playing professionally with Nottingham Forest in the Football League Championship, and signed in March 2000 for hometown's Athletic Bilbao – the deal being effective as of the 2000–01 season[1]– where he struggled with first-team opportunities, also being loaned to lowly Burgos CF.

After being released in January 2004, Merino moved to CD Numancia: in 2004–05's La Liga he regularly appeared and scored, although the Soria side was relegated one year after promoting. He went on to have Segunda División stints with Gimnàstic de Tarragona,[2] UD Las Palmas and Albacete Balompié.

In the 2011 January transfer window, aged nearly 31, Merino moved abroad again, signing for Fußballclub Wacker Innsbruck in Austria and joining countryman Iñaki Bea. On 15 September 2013 he moved teams and countries again, joining Panthrakikos F.C. in the Superleague Greece[3] and being released on 7 January of the following year.[4]

In July 2014, Merino returned to both his homeland and native region, signing with Club Portugalete in Tercera División.[5]


  1. ^ Rodrigálvarez, Eduardo (1 March 2000). "El Athletic ficha a Merino, un vasco procedente del Nottingham Forest" [Athletic sign Merino, Basque from Nottingham Forest]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "El club espera descarte de Primera tras fichar a Merino y Pérez" [Club await release from Primera after signing Merino and Pérez]. La Nación (in Spanish). 19 July 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Δελτίο τύπου της 15.09.2013 [Press release of 15.09.2013] (in Greek). Panthrakikos F.C. 15 September 2013. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Δελτίο τύπου της 07.01.2014 [Press release of 07.01.2014] (in Greek). Panthrakikos F.C. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "El ex del Athletic Carlos Merino, nuevo refuerzo del Club Portugalete" [Ex-Athletic Carlos Merino, new Club Portugalete addition] (in Spanish). Club Portugalete. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

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