Mark Dennis Gonzalez Hoffman, (born 10 July 1984) commonly known as Mark Gonzalez, is a Chilean footballer whose preferred position is as a left winger. Renowned for his lightning pace, he is nicknamed "Speedy Gonzalez". Gonzalez currently plays for CSKA Moscow.
Mark Gonzalez was born in Durban, South Africa. He was named after Mark Tovey and Dennis Wicks, both footballers his father Raul Gonzalez, himself a Chilean international, was friends with while playing for NSL champions Durban Bush Bucks during the mid-1980s. He returned to Chile with his mother as a 10-year-old.
Gonzalez had agreed a move to Liverpool F.C. on loan for the 2005-06 season (with a view to a permanent 1.5 million move) from Albacete Balompie. However, he was denied a work permit by the Department of Education and Employment in August 2005. The Liverpool management showed great faith in Gonzalez, pursuing his services despite work permit troubles and a cruciate knee ligament injury. After a quicker than expected return to fitness Liverpool were persuaded to make the move permanent in October 2005, but the player was immediately loaned back to Albacete to continue his recouperation after an appeal against the earlier work permit decision was rejected (a new work permit application can only be put forward one year after the original application). Arrangements were then made for the player to spend a loan spell at Real Sociedad until summer 2006.
Official website of Real Betis Balompie S.A.D.
Mark Gonzalez - CSKA unofficial site
LFC History Profile
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