Abel Resino Gómez (born 2 February 1960), sometimes known just as Abel, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and a current coach.
Nicknamed El Gato (The Cat) due to his reflexes, he played most of his professional career at Atlético Madrid. For roughly one year, starting in early 2009, he also coached the club, helping it qualify once for the Champions League.
Over the course of ten seasons, nine of those with Atlético, Abel appeared in 264 games in La Liga.
Born in Velada, Province of Toledo, Abel arrived at Club Atlético de Madrid in 1982 from lowly CD Ciempozuelos after also having represented local CD Toledo, but would have to wait five years (four of those spent with the reserve side, only managing to be first-choice in his third season) to become a starter. He went on to amass over 300 overall appearances for the club, helping to back-to-back Copa del Rey trophies.
Abel held the record for the longest clean sheet in La Liga at 1,275 minutes, finally being beaten by Luis Enrique of Sporting de Gijón on 19 March 1991. This record was also the European record in a single season until 2009, when Edwin van Der Sar from Manchester United broke it against Fulham.
Leaving the Colchoneros precisely before the team's double conquest in 1996, Abel closed out his career at the age of 36 after one season with Madrid neighbours Rayo Vallecano, helping it retain its top division status. He played in two 1991 friendlies with Spain, the first being on 27 March in a 2–4 defeat to Hungary and the second with Romania the following month.
After retiring, Resino returned to Atlético in different periods and capacities (goalkeeper coach, sporting director). In 2005 he started his head coaching career, with second division's Ciudad de Murcia, leading it to a near-top level promotion after finishing fourth.
Resino's next stop was Levante UD, which had in fact promoted the previous year. After taking charge midway through the campaign, replacing Juan Ramón López Caro, he helped the team avoid relegation and had his link renewed; however, seven games and six losses into the following season, he was sacked.
After one-and-a-half solid seasons in the second level with CD Castellón, Resino returned to Atlético, replacing released Javier Aguirre in February 2009 and helping the club to exactly the same place as the previous year, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League, after which he extended his contract. On 23 October he was fired following a poor string of results – only one win in the league from seven outings, the culmination being the 0–4 group stage loss at Chelsea for the Champions League.
In early December 2010, Abel was appointed head coach of Real Valladolid in the second division, replacing sacked Antonio Gómez. His first game in charge produced nine goals, a 4–5 home loss against CD Numancia.
Resino was appointed at Granada CF on 22 January 2012, replacing Fabriciano González following a 0–3 away loss at RCD Espanyol, fired even though the club was still out of the relegation zone. On 18 February of the following year he returned to active and the top flight, taking the place of fired Paco Herrera at relegation-threatened side Celta de Vigo.
Resino returned to Granada on 19 January 2015, replacing fired Joaquín Caparrós at the helm of the bottom-placed team. He was relieved of his duties on 1 May, after only being able to climb one position in the table.As of 1 May 2015
Copa del Rey: 1990–91, 1991–92
Supercopa de España: 1985
Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1990–91