Emilio Butragueño

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Emilio Butragueño
Personal information
Full name Emilio Butragueño Santos
Date of birth (1963-07-22) 22 July 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1981–1982 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Real Madrid B 65 (37)
1984–1995 Real Madrid 341 (123)
1995–1998 Club Celaya 91 (29)
Total 497 (188)
National team
1983–1984 Spain U21 5 (2)
1984 Spain amateur 1 (1)
1984–1992 Spain 69 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Emilio Butragueño Santos (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈmiljo βutɾaˈɣeɲo ˈsantos]; born 22 July 1963) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

He was best known for his spell with Real Madrid. Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), he was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza.

Butragueño amassed La Liga totals of 341 games and 123 goals for his main club, in 12 seasons, and represented the Spanish national team in two World Cups (being the second top scorer in the 1986 edition) and as many European Championships, scoring 26 international goals for his country for a record that stood several years.

Club career[edit]

In 1981, skilled Butragueño joined hometown's Real Madrid's youth system, playing first for its reserve side before being given his senior debut by Alfredo Di Stéfano on 5 February 1984 against Cádiz CF: he made an instant impact, scoring twice and assisting for the third goal in a 3–2 away turnaround, after Real trailed by 0–2.[1] On 12 December that year he made his European competition debut, contributing with a hat-trick to a 6–1 home triumph against R.S.C. Anderlecht for the UEFA Cup third round (after a 0–3 loss in Brussels), as the Merengues went on to win the competition.[2][3]

At the time, Real Madrid's form was so patchy that first team's attendances were poorer than the reserve side ones.[4] Butragueño contributed to the side's transformation, and was a prominent member of the team during the 1980s, winning numerous honours: he received the European Bronze award for best footballer in two consecutive years, and won the Pichichi Trophy in 1991, while also being instrumental in the capital club's five La Liga trophies, two Copa del Rey and two consecutive UEFA Cups.

In June 1995, having lost his influence in the Real Madrid side (only eight games and one goal, as the club won another league), mainly due to the emergence of 17-year-old Raúl, Butragueño signed for Club Celaya in Mexico and, in his first year, the team reached the final of the national championship. After three seasons where he was known as the Gentleman of the Pitch – never received a single red card during his entire career – he finally decided to retire from the game in April 1998.[3]

International career[edit]

Butragueño played 69 international matches for Spain, and scored 26 goals. His debut came on 17 October 1984 against Wales in a 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifier,[5] although he had already been picked as an uncapped player for the UEFA Euro 1984 team as the nation finished runners-up.

Butragueño was also selected for the 1986 World Cup, where he played a major part, scoring four goals as Spain beat Denmark 5–1 in the round-of-16 match.[6][7] He also played in the 1990 edition in Italy (four games, no goals).

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 1984 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Wales 3–0 3–0 1986 World Cup qualification
2. 23 January 1985 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Finland 2–0 3–1 Friendly
3. 23 January 1985 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Finland 3–0 3–1 Friendly
4. 19 February 1986 Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain  Belgium 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5. 26 March 1986 Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain  Poland 1–0 3–0 Friendly
6. 7 June 1986 Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara, Mexico  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–1 1986 FIFA World Cup
7. 18 June 1986 La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico  Denmark 1–1 1–5 1986 FIFA World Cup
8. 18 June 1986 La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico  Denmark 1–2 1–5 1986 FIFA World Cup
9. 18 June 1986 La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico  Denmark 1–4 1–5 1986 FIFA World Cup
10. 18 June 1986 La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico  Denmark 1–5 1–5 1986 FIFA World Cup
11. 15 October 1986 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany  West Germany 0–1 2–2 Friendly
12. 18 February 1987 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  England 1–0 2–4 Friendly
13. 23 September 1987 Nou Castalia, Castellón, Spain  Luxembourg 2–0 2–0 Friendly
14. 1 June 1988 El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain  Sweden 1–0 1–3 Friendly
15. 11 June 1988 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany  Denmark 1–2 2–3 UEFA Euro 1988
16. 12 October 1988 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Argentina 1–0 1–1 Friendly
17. 16 November 1988 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0 1990 World Cup qualification
18. 21 December 1988 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Northern Ireland 2–0 4–0 1990 World Cup qualification
19. 15 November 1989 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Hungary 2–0 4–0 1990 World Cup qualification
20. 28 March 1990 La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain  Austria 2–0 2–3 Friendly
21. 26 May 1990 Bežigrad, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia  Yugoslavia 0–1 0–1 Friendly
22. 10 October 1990 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Iceland 1–0 2–1 Euro 1992 qualifying
23. 19 December 1990 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Albania 3–0 9–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
24. 19 December 1990 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Albania 5–0 9–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
25. 19 December 1990 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Albania 7–0 9–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
26. 19 December 1990 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Albania 8–0 9–0 Euro 1992 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Total
1983–84 Real Madrid La Liga 10 4 0 0 10 4
1984–85 29 10 2 0 42 14
1985–86 31 10 6 2 49 14
1986–87 35 11 3 3 45 19
1987–88 32 12 3 0 43 14
1988–89 33 15 5 2 46 21
1989–90 32 10 6 2 40 14
1990–91 35 19 2 0 41 23
1991–92 35 14 6 4 50 19
1992–93 34 9 3 1 43 11
1993–94 27 8 2 1 33 11
1994–95 8 1 0 0 12 1
Mexico League Cup Total
1995–96 Club Celaya Mexican League 34 17
1996–97 26 2
1997–98 32 10
Total Spain 341 123 38 15 454 165
Mexico 92 29
Career total 433 152

Post-retirement and other ventures[edit]

Still as a player Butragueño had a computer game with his name released in 1988, for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and MSX.[8]

On 19 October 2004 he replaced Jorge Valdano, a former Real Madrid teammate, as the club's director of football[9] and, until the end of the 2005–06 season, also served as the club's vice-president.[10] Subsequently he acted as head of Public relations for the organization.[11][12]

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