Francisco Buyo

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Francisco Buyo
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Personal information
Full name Francisco Buyo Sánchez
Date of birth (1958-01-13) 13 January 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Betanzos, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1972–1973 Ural
1973–1975 Betanzos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1976 Mallorca 16 (0)
1976–1980 Deportivo La Coruña 122 (0)
1978–1979 Huesca (loan)
1980–1986 Sevilla 199 (0)
1986–1997 Real Madrid 343 (0)
National team
1977 Spain U20 3 (0)
1977–1978 Spain U21 3 (0)
1979–1987 Spain U23 4 (0)
1979–1983 Spain amateur 11 (0)
1980 Spain B 1 (0)
1983–1992 Spain 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francisco 'Paco' Buyo Sánchez (born 13 January 1958) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Best known for his Sevilla and Real Madrid spells, he appeared in 542 La Liga matches, third all-time highest at the time of his retirement, winning 12 major titles with the latter club.

A Spanish international during roughly one decade, Buyo represented the nation in two European Championships, being a backup on both occasions.

Club career[edit]

Buyo was born in Betanzos, A Coruña. At the age of fourteen he began playing football for local side Ural CF, for which he appeared as both a goalkeeper and right winger during his one-year spell, achieving the feat of being both unbeaten between the goalposts and also the team's top goalscorer.[1]

Buyo's first professional club was RCD Mallorca, in the second division. After one season he joined Deportivo de La Coruña, where he would stay until 1980, with a loan to SD Huesca – while he performed military service in Jaca – in between.[1] He made his debuts in La Liga in the 1980–81 season with Sevilla FC, being the starting goalkeeper from the beginning; he played there six years, appearing in 242 official matches and also winning his first Spanish national team callup.

Buyo's performance at Sevilla made Real Madrid require his services, signing him in 1986 as a replacement for an ageing Miguel Ángel. In his first season he appeared in all 44 league games (the campaign featured a second stage for the top-six teams), the first being a 3–1 win over Real Murcia, being instrumental to the merengues national title; he would remain in the capital club until his retirement in 1997, teaming up with the likes of Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Chendo, Rafael Gordillo, Míchel, Hugo Sánchez, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Redondo, Iván Zamorano and Raúl González.

The local success Buyo met with Madrid (six leagues and two domestic cups) could not be translated into international accolades, as the side kept being eliminated in European Cup competition. However, in his first season, he did have a memorable performance against Michel Platini's Juventus F.C. in the round-of-16 of the 1986–87 edition: after Madrid won 1–0 in the first leg and Juventus did the same in the second meeting, the winner was decided in a penalty shootout, won by Madrid after Buyo saved three of Juventus' shots; he earned his first Ricardo Zamora Trophy during his second league campaign, after conceding only 23 goals in 35 league contests. His second came in 1991–92 during which he played as much matches, with 27 goals against.

Madrid would win two more league titles with Buyo in goal, the first of which came in 1994–95, during which he also had a streak of 709 minutes without conceding a goal in league play, between 3 December 1994 and 12 February 1995,[2] the fifth-longest streak ever in the Spanish league. In his final year the club won another league, but Buyo did not feature at all, as he was only third-choice behind Bodo Illgner and Santiago Cañizares; he retired with 542 first division games played, the third-most behind another goalkeeper, FC Barcelona's Andoni Zubizarreta, and Eusebio Sacristán.

International career[edit]

During Buyo's time at Deportivo, he was selected to the under-21 national team, representing Spain at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where it was eliminated in the first round.

At full international level he was capped seven times, and was part of the squad that finished runner-up at the UEFA Euro 1984. His debut came on 21 December 1983 in the historical 12–1 trouncing of Malta for the qualifying stage, in a match played in Seville.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring, Buyo had a short coaching spell with youth clubs Real Madrid cadetes and Real Madrid C, only returning to the benches in 2008, with Real Jaén's reserves.

Additionally, he also worked with as a sports analyst in Al-Jazeera, contributing to its La Liga and UEFA Euro 2008 coverage.

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