Guillermo Amor

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Guillermo Amor
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Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer, Josep Mussons and Josep Guardiola.
Personal information
Full name Guillermo Amor Martínez
Date of birth (1967-12-04) 4 December 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Benidorm, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1979–1980 Benidorm
1980–1985 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Barcelona B 49 (10)
1988–1998 Barcelona 311 (47)
1998–2000 Fiorentina 24 (0)
2000–2002 Villarreal 64 (1)
2003 Livingston 3 (0)
Total 451 (58)
National team
1986 Spain U18 1 (0)
1989–1990 Spain U21 6 (0)
1990–1998 Spain 37 (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 Amor and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Guillermo Amor Martínez (born 4 December 1967) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a versatile midfielder.

After playing most of his professional career with Barcelona, winning several accolades in 10 seasons, he ended it in Scotland, with Livingston. Over the course of 12 seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 375 games and 48 goals.

Amor won nearly 40 caps with Spain during the 1990s, representing the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Benidorm, Alicante, Valencian Community, Amor was a product of FC Barcelona's youth ranks, and made his first-team debuts in the 1988–89 season, under Johan Cruyff, going on to quickly become one of the Catalan side's most influential players as it achieved four consecutive La Liga titles and the 1991–92 European Cup (he did not play in the final against U.C. Sampdoria, however). In the 1993–94 campaign, as the club conquered the last of a successive four leagues, he appeared in all games safe one, scoring a career-best eight goals.

Amor left Barça at the end of the 1997–98 season, with another national championship won, deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Louis van Gaal as longtime teammate Albert Ferrer, having played 421 matches overall for Barça only behind club greats Xavi, Migueli and Carles Rexach. He subsequently had his first abroad experience, appearing sparingly for Serie A outfit ACF Fiorentina for two years and then returning to Spain with Villarreal CF as the side had just returned to the top level.

Amor retired from football after a short spell with Scotland's Livingston, for which he signed in January 2003,[1] making his debut on the 28th in a 3–1 away win against Partick Thistle.[2] The Livi Lions eventually narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.

After retiring Amor served a four-year spell at former club Barcelona, being responsible for the youth categories after Joan Laporta was named president in 2003. He left after the board of directors decided not to renew his contract,[3] but returned to the club in July 2010, as technical director of football training. In August 2014 he was appointed technical director of the Australian club Adelaide United, who compete in the A-League.[4]

International career[edit]

Amor represented Spain on 37 occasions, scoring four goals. His debut came in an UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier 2–3 loss in Czechoslovakia on 14 November 1990, and he went on to represent the nation at both the Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup; in the former competition, on 18 June, he scored against Romania in a 2–1 win, netting in the 84th minute and helping the national side to the quarterfinals in England.

Amor's last cap was a sour one, as Spain were downed by lowly Cyprus on 5 September 1998 in a Euro 2000 qualifier (2–3).[5]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 December 1990 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Albania 1–0 9–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
2. 18 June 1996 Elland Road, Leeds, England  Romania 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 1996
3. 13 November 1996 Heliodoro Rodríguez, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain  Slovakia 2–1 4–1 1998 World Cup qualification
4. 24 September 1997 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 1–2 1–2 1998 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Barcelona

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1988–89 Barcelona Spanish League 27 8 6 3 5 2 38 13
1989–90 33 6 6 1 3 1 42 8
1990–91 34 4 3 1 8 2 45 7
1991–92 36 6 4 1 3 1 43 8
1992–93 33 5 7 0 7 1 47 6
1993–94 37 8 4 1 12 2 53 11
1994–95 34 4 3 1 6 1 43 6
1995–96 28 6 6 2 6 1 40 9
1996–97 26 0 5 0 5 0 36 0
1997–98 23 0 6 0 5 0 34 0
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Fiorentina Italian League 16 0 ? ? 3 0 ? ?
1999–00 8 0 ? ? 2 0 ? ?
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2000–01 Villarreal Spanish League 35 0 0 0 - - 35 0
2001–02 29 1 5 0 - - 34 1
Scotland League Scottish Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Livingston Scottish League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total Spain 375 48 55 10 60 11 490 69
Total Italy 24 0 ? ? 5 0 ? ?
Total Scotland 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 402 48

Car accident[edit]

On 16 December 2007, at 2:20, Amor was involved in a serious traffic accident while travelling from Valencia.[6] Released from hospital after only a week, he later fully recovered.[7]

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