Eloy Olaya

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Full name Eloy José Olaya Prendes
Date of birth (1964-07-10) 10 July 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Colegio Inmaculada
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Sporting B
1982–1988 Sporting Gijón 190 (36)
1988–1995 Valencia 203 (37)
1995–1996 Sporting Gijón 36 (3)
1996–1998 Badajoz 28 (4)
National team
1980 Spain U16 2 (0)
1981–1982 Spain U18 13 (5)
1983–1986 Spain U21 10 (4)
1985–1990 Spain 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Olaya and the second or maternal family name is Prendes.

Eloy José Olaya Prendes, known as simply Eloy (born 10 July 1964 in Gijón, Asturias), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

Club career[edit]

During his career Eloy played for Sporting de Gijón (being part of a strong 80's team that achieved two fourth places in La Liga, in 1985 and 1987, with the player scoring 11 goals in 43 games in the latter season), Valencia CF (with roughly the same individual records, helping the Che to a runner-up spot in the 1989–90 campaign) and CD Badajoz (retiring after an unassuming Segunda División spell). On 28 November 1979, aged only 15, he made his professional debut, appearing with the Asturias side in a Copa del Rey contest against Club Deportivo Turón, as the Royal Spanish Football Federation did not allow clubs to field players from the reserves, which were able to also compete in the tournament in that period.[1]

After retiring in 1998 at the age of 34, with top level totals of 429 matches and 76 goals, Eloy served as general manager for main club Sporting, from 2001 to 2006.

International career[edit]

Between 1985 and 1990 Eloy gained 15 caps and scored four goals for the Spanish national team, and was a participant in the 1986 FIFA World Cup (where he netted against Algeria in a 3–0 win, also missing in a penalty shootout quarterfinal loss to Belgium[2]) and UEFA Euro 1988 (no appearances).

His debut came on 20 November 1985 in a 0–0 friendly with Austria, played in Zaragoza.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 January 1986 Insular, Las Palmas, Spain  Soviet Union 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 12 June 1986 Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico  Algeria 0–3 0–3 1986 FIFA World Cup
3. 1 April 1987 Prater, Vienna, Austria  Austria 0–1 2–3 Euro 1988 qualifying
4. 1 April 1987 Prater, Vienna, Austria  Austria 1–2 2–3 Euro 1988 qualifying





Spain U21


  1. ^ Eloy jugó en la Copa con 15 años (Eloy played in Cup at the age of 15); La Nueva España, 9 October 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ "1–1: Buenas noches, España" [1–1: Good night, Spain] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 23 June 1986. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  3. ^ ¡¡¡Campeones!!! (Champions!!!); El Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1986 (Spanish)

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