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Rafa Márquez | Biography

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Rafael Márquez Álvarez, who is also known as “El Káiser” in soccer, is a prominent former Mexican player born in the municipality of Zamora, Michoacán, on February 13, 1979.

Real name: Rafael Márquez Álvarez Stage name: Rafa Márquez, “The Kaiser” Place of birth: Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico Date of birth: February 13, 1979 Occupation: Professional football player Couple: Jaydy Michel (2011-present); Adriana Lavat (2001-2007) Sons: two; Rafaela Márquez, Santiago Márquez, Leo Márquez Nationality: Mexican-Spanish

His parents are Rafael Márquez Estrada and Rosa María Álvarez, who always encouraged him to pursue his training in football.

He inherited a taste for soccer from his father, Rafael Márquez Estrada, with whom he practiced during the afternoons as a child, in addition to participating in informal matches with teams of novice players.

He began his formal training at the Atlas club in Guadalajara in 1992, when he was just 13 years old. There, he received the training to occupy the positions of defense and midfielder that years later would make him one of the most legendary players in the history of Mexico.

Although his training began in 1992, it was up to four years after he received his first opportunity to debut in the Mexican first division during the 1996 opening tournament.

His career grew little by little, until he was seen as one of the star players in the Atlas, a team with which he remained for three seasons. Their greatest achievement with the Atlas was having reached the final of the 1999 summer tournament, in which they finally succumbed to Toluca.

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Rafael Márquez’s family

Rafael Márquez Estrada (father) Rosa María Álvarez (mother)

Children of Rafael Márquez

Rafaela Márquez (b. 2005); with Adriana Lavat Santiago Márquez (b. 2003); with Adriana Lavat Leo Márquez (n. 2017); With Jaydy Michel

Rafael Márquez’s international career

Márquez’s talent did not go unnoticed, and very soon he received job offers for the military in different teams in Europe; however, he decided to sign with the Association Sportive Monaco Football Club SA (AS Monaco) team where he remained for four years. The player’s greatest achievement with this team was having lifted the French League cup in 1999; In addition, he scored 5 goals in 89 official appearances.

With his career on the rise, Márquez began to be in the sights of the most important clubs in Spain, and in 2003 he signed with the team Barcelona FC for 5 million euros.

His time at Barcelona was one of the highlights of his career, since in a short time he became one of the starting players, appearing in more than 200 games during the seven years he spent with the team.

With Barça, Márquez managed to get titles such as the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Champions League, positioning himself as one of the foreign players with the most participations in Barcelona.

Despite the fact that he had a valid contract with the Catalan team, the player decided to change his professional course and signed for the New York Red Bulls in 2010, although he only stayed there for two years.

Márquez ended his football career playing for the team that saw him born as a star: Club Atlas de Guadalajara, where he played two seasons and played his last professional match on April 20, 2018.

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Club Year country Appearances Club Atlas FC 1996-1999 Mexico 77 matches Association Sportive Monaco Football Club SA 1999-2003 France 89 matches Fútbol Club Barcelona 2003-2010 Spain 163 matches New York Red Bulls 2010-2012 United States 50 matches Club León 2013-2014 Mexico 50 matches Hellas Verona FC 2014-2016 Italy 35 matches Club Atlas FC 2016-2018 Mexico 56 matches

Tournaments with the Mexican team

Year Tournament Outcome 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Champion 1999 Copa América Third Place 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarter Finals 2001 Copa América Runner-up 2002 World Cup Round of 2003 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion 2004 Quarter Finals 2005 Confederations Cup Fourth Place 2006 World Cup Eighth Place final 2007 Copa América Third place 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up 2010 World Cup Round of 16 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion 2014 World Cup Round of 16 2015 Copa América First phase 2016 Copa América Quarter-final 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Fourth place 2018 World Cup Round of 16


Year Prize 1999 Best defense of the Summer Tournament of the Mexican soccer league 2000 Best defense of the French league 2005 Best North American soccer player 2014 Best match player (Croatia vs. Mexico, 2014 FIFA World Cup) 2017 Award for social responsibility of the Mexican league of soccer

With the Mexican team

Rafael Márquez is one of the legends of Mexican football. He debuted with the senior team at the age of 20, under the guidance of then technical director Bora Milutinovic. His great ability positioned him as one of the emblematic players of the selection and one of the indisputable summoned for the most important tournaments.

In total, he had more than 150 appearances with the Mexican team, scoring 18 goals and generating 6 assists in international matches.

The veteran player played for the Mexican national team in five World Cups: South Korea and Japan, in 2002; Germany in 2006; South Africa 2010; Brazil 2014, and Russia 2018. In all his official appearances in world championships, Márquez played 19 matches and scored two goals; In all these editions, the team managed to reach the round of 16.


In 2017, he was singled out by the Treasury Department for having alleged links to drug trafficking, which led to the freezing of his assets and the threat of a trial before the United States justice. However, the player’s defense managed to separate him from all ties to organized crime, recovering his assets in 2018.

Rafael Márquez’s personal life

Márquez has been married twice. The first one was with the Mexican actress Adriana Lavat, whom she married in 2003 and from whom she separated four years later, in 2007. With the actress, she had two children: Rafaela and Santiago, born in 2005 and 2003, respectively.

Being a recognized public figure in Mexico and Europe, her divorce became one of the most notorious cases in Spain in 2007, and although both were involved in a dispute over the amount of the pension assigned for child support, in 2015 They managed to reach an agreement that included the reduction of the initial figure requested by the actress.

In 2011 he married the Mexican model Jaydy Michel; From that marriage their third son, Leo, was born in 2017.

Currently, the former player intends to become certified as technical director to collaborate again with Club Atlas, now from the coach’s bench.

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By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiations among environmentalists and state and federal officials in Arizona and New Mexico have resulted in a set of recommendations and other provisions that environmentalists say will help protect the threatened Mexican spotted owl while allowing forest thinning projects to move forward.

Regional officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the new understanding made public Wednesday marked a positive step in an ongoing battle over the Mexican spotted owl. Environmentalists have complained for years that the Forest Service has failed to consider the effects of thinning and logging on the owls.

First listed as threatened in the U.S. in 1993, the Mexican spotted owl is found in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, parts of West Texas and Mexico.

“We’re all working to do right and this common understanding represents a big step forward,” said Shayne Martin, a spokesman for the Forest Service's Southwestern Region. “The Forest Service will continue to be open and engage with groups seeking more formal collaboration towards our shared vision for healthy forests, thriving watersheds and sustainable forest use.”

The provisions that came out of a series of discussions that culminated in June were enough for the Center for Biological Diversity to drop its plans to sue. The group in April threatened legal action, saying the federal government’s piecemeal approach to forest restoration presented risks for the owl. The group cited specific concerns about 13 projects in Arizona and New Mexico.

Owl habitat represents about 6% of the 1,406 square miles (3,642 square kilometers) of forest that are undergoing thinning and restoration treatments in the southwest U.S., according to environmentalists.

A work group consisting of the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona and New Mexico state officials and a coalition of counties in eastern Arizona agreed that information about projects involving Mexican spotted owls and their habitat would be made publicly accessible through a new standardized format.

The information will include current forest data, clear presentations of the number of large trees and canopy that will be affected by the proposed project, and detailed post-treatment modeling and monitoring.

Pending projects will incorporate the changes and will be part of a new regional habitat monitoring program, said Robin Silver, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity. The monitoring plan is expected to be complete in the coming months.

Silver called it a landmark agreement, saying the large tree-dominated, upper-elevation habitat that the owls depend on will be better protected.

The projects covered by the understanding include work being done near Santa Fe, New Mexico; in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico; the Black River Restoration Project in Arizona's White Mountains; and the Four Forests Restoration Initiative Rim Country Project on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona.

A separate case filed by WildEarth Guardians in 2013 is pending in federal court.

That legal wrangling threatened to stall the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and the cutting of firewood last year until the parties reached an agreement on what types of activities would be allowed to continue pending a final ruling.

The parties are working toward a settlement but it's unclear how soon an agreement may be reached.

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