Carlos Marchena López (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos maɾˈtʃena ˈlopeθ]; born 31 July 1979) is a retired Spanish footballer. Mainly a central defender with an aggressive approach, he also pitched in as a defensive midfielder.
Most of his professional career was spent at Valencia (nine years), which he helped to five major titles, including two La Liga championships. He amassed competition totals of 330 games and 11 goals during 13 seasons, also playing for Sevilla, Villarreal and Deportivo.
A Spanish international for the better part of the 2000s, Marchena represented the nation in two World Cups and as many European Championships, winning once in each competition and earning 69 caps.