is a Spanish national daily sports newspaper owned by Unidad Editorial
. The newspaper focuses primarily on football
, in particular the day-to-day activities of Real Madrid CF
. It has a daily readership of over 2,749,000, the highest in Spain for a daily newspaper, and more than half of sports readership.
Since February 2001 there has also been an associated 24-hour/day sports radio station, Radio Marca.
was founded on 21 December 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War
, in nationalist-held San Sebastián
. Its first editor was Manuel Fernández Cuesta
On 25 November 1942 it ceased being published as a weekly publication and has been published as a daily ever since.
On December 21, 2007 MARCA
hosted a gala event, featuring the leading Spanish sportsmen of the 20th century, to celebrate the newspaper's 70th anniversary.
The paper has been involved in an ongoing dispute with Sir Alex Ferguson
since the summer of 2008 when he accused MARCA
of being "...a vehicle to unsettle players"
on behalf of Real Madrid
- in reference to the alleged tapping-up
of Cristiano Ronaldo
The following awards are awarded by MARCA
at the end of each season:
- Pichichi - To the top goalscorer in La Liga as well as to the top goalscorer in Segunda División.
- Zarra - To the top goalscorer among Spanish nationals in La Liga as well as to the top goalscorer......