What ever happened to? Carlos Marinelli

Marinelli celebrates a goal with his Middlesbrough team mates.
Carlos Marinelli was touted as the "new Maradona" to anyone stupid enough to listen to over enthusiastic Middlesbrough FC fans when he joined their club in 2000 from Argentine giants Boca Juniors for a fee of £1.5m. It is not clear who lumbered the lad with the tag, in all probability it Marinelli's agent talking him up to get a good price and the British press trying to hype up the story. It was then repeated by many Middlesbrough fans (until they actually saw him play that is).

I don't want to be hard on the man, he was a teenager in a cold and smoggy city thousands of miles away from his home in Buenos Aires and he was never going to be as good as Maradona, so the "new Maradona" tag was an unfair burden. He did have a couple of good performances for the Boro, most notably netting two goals in a 5-1 win against Derby County in November 2001.

Boro fans will know that he failed to earn himself a regular place in the first team and made the majority of his appearances as a substitute. He was eventually farmed out on loan to Italian 2nd division side Torino FC, before joining the Italian club permanently in 2003 after making 53 appearances for the Teessiders in all competitions (29 as a substitute), netting only 4 goals.

Marinelli during his time in American "soccer"
with Kansas City Wizards.
In 2004 Marinelli returned to Argentina where he made a handful of appearances for his first club Boca Juniors and then a few more for Racing Club but he didn't settle at either club. He then had a stint with SC Braga of Portugal where he barely managed to get on the pitch.

The most regular run of first team football of Marinelli's career was probably his time at Kansas City Wizards between 2007 and 2008 where he held down a first team place making 41 appearances. he eventually left the club after a bust up with manager Curt Onalfo. He is remembered by Wizards fans as an unmotivated and infuriating player who wasted his potential.

Marinelli left the US to join one of the best names in world football, fallen Colombian giants Millonarios, (who were one of the best clubs in the world in the 1950s). He never settled there and was soon offloaded, he then showed up back in Argentina playing for 2nd division side Aldosivi in 2010, but was released by the club at the end of the 2009-10 season.

In September 2010 he joined Győri ETO of the Hungarian first division but again his stay there was a short one and in 2011 he turned up at Peruvian champions Universidad San Martín where he put in a brilliant substitute performance in a 2-0 win against San Luis in the 2011 Copa Libertadores.

It doesn't matter how many lies are added to Wikipedia to make him look a better player by his agent or greatest fan, he never lived up to the promise he showed as a teenager, he never scored enough goals, he has been criticised for ineffectual performances and lack of discipline on the field and for his poor attitude off it.

To give him some credit he has kept on playing and his career as an international journeyman footballer has given him a much wider experience in life than most of his armchair critics back in England. He has lived and played professional football in Argentina, England, Italy, Portugal, United States, Colombia and Hungary after all.

Part of the What ever happened to? series.


  1. He arrived with the 'new maradona' tag, it was never given to him by boro fans. And his best game was against Derby, but it was a 5-1 win. Two for Carlos, two for Boksic and one for Robbie Mustoe, Ravanelli scoring a free kick for Derby.

  2. Cheers for pointing out the wrong score in the Derby game, I fixed that now. I also added a bit of speculation about how he ended up with the "new Maradona" tag.

  3. Always believe in you Marinelli(?)

    Best regards

  4. He is currently playing for Peruvian champions Club Universidad San Martin in Lima.

  5. We can't be making excuses for him at the time middlesbrough were playing really well and he couldn't even get in our reserves at times. and you can't blame coming all the way to boro as an excuse. oh and by the way we aren't a city we are a town.

  6. I'm from Middlesbrough and this isn't a cold & smoggy town at all. I've known people from Buenos Aires visit here and they say it's a lovely place. We have beaches and countryside scenery that ignorant cunts like you don't know about

  7. Have you even been to Middlesbrough pal? You're the same as the southerners who haven't ventured further than the Watford Gap, fucking clueless cunt.

    1. I think I know the lad who wrote the blog, and he's from Darlington, married to an Argentinian girl and living in Ibiza.
      Given that he's from Darlington I imagine he has been to Middlesbrough.

      And as for 145,000 inhabitants not being big enough to be a city you've obviously not been to St Albans then? Or Ripon for that matter?

      And if it is Tom's blog, then I know for sure he's not a cunt.

  8. Oh, and we're a town with a population of around 145000. Not big enough to be a city, which makes the achievements of our football club some thing we are all proud of. Small town in Yorkshire. Big big passion. Fuck you with your shitty digs about smog. There's less smog up here than there is in London with 8000000 people crawling all over each other. Cunt.

  9. One last thing, you're a cunt. Just in case you missed it.