Salinas in training with Spain
|Full name||Julio Salinas Fernández|
|Date of birth||11 September 1962|
|Place of birth||Bilbao, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1994–1995||Deportivo La Coruña||24||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A tall, lanky centre forward with skills, Salinas is best remembered for his spell at FC Barcelona – having started his career with Athletic Bilbao – while he was also a prolific goalscorer for club and country.
Athletic Bilbao / Atlético Madrid
In 1983–84, Salinas won the second division's Pichichi award, as he helped Bilbao Athletic finish runners-up to Castilla CF. During two seasons, he also played 13 games for the main side, netting his first top flight goal on 26 March 1983, in a 4–0 home win over Celta de Vigo, as the Basque captured back-to-back league titles (adding the 1984 Copa del Rey).
After two more seasons with Bilbao, netting 12 goals combined for two-third-place finishes, Salinas moved to Atlético Madrid, where he netted an impressive 31 goals from 1988–90 (including two on 7 February 1988, in a 7–0 home thrashing of RCD Mallorca).
The Barcelona years
Salinas signed for FC Barcelona for 1988–89, linking up with several other Basque players, including veteran José Ramón Alexanko, Txiki Begiristain, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea and José Mari Bakero. These would help form the backbone of the legendary Dream Team. Salinas scored 20 league goals in his debut season, as Barça finished second to Real Madrid, and he also netted in both the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final against U.C. Sampdoria and in the following year's domestic cup 2–0 win against Real Madrid.
In the subsequent seasons, Salinas appeared sparingly for the club, due to his aging and the emergence of offensive players as Hristo Stoichkov. He would still manage to net some important goals in spite of limited playing time. On 30 January 1994, after coming in as a second-half substitute against Albacete Balompié, Salinas scored both goals in a 2–1 home win, as he only played in another six games during the season, with Barcelona eventually achieving four league titles in a row.
Upon leaving Barcelona, Salinas played for Deportivo de La Coruña, helping them finish second in his only season. Although not a regular in the starting lineups, he finished with 12 league goals, only surpassed by club great Bebeto. As a late substitute at the Camp Nou, on 3 December, Salinas netted in a 1–1 draw (only months after leaving his former club), after a header from central defender José Luis Ribera.
After the signing of, among others, Russian Dmitry Radchenko, Salinas was deemed surplus to requirements, leaving for Sporting de Gijón, where he scored 18 goals in 1995–96, crucial in helping the Asturians avoid relegation. He was held in high regards in the city during his one 1/2-year spell, with the fans often singing: "Bota de oro, Salinas bota de oro!" (Golden boot, Salinas, golden boot!").
Salinas then had an abroad stint with Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, where he again showcased his scoring skills, teaming up with former Barcelona teammate Goikoetxea. He then returned close to home, having played his last two seasons with Deportivo Alavés, where he scored in 1999–2000's opener, a 2–1 home win against Málaga CF. Alavés finished sixth and would go on to reach the following year's UEFA Cup final.
On 19 May 2000, Salinas played his last professional match, scoring in a 2–1 loss at his first team, Athletic Bilbao. He retired with 417 games and 152 goals, in the Spanish first division alone.
Salinas made 56 international appearances for Spain during a decade, scoring 23 goals. His debut was on 22 January 1986, as he scored in a 2–0 friendly win against the Soviet Union, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
He went on to represent Spain at three FIFA World Cups: 1986 (where he scored against Northern Ireland), 1990 (netting in the second-round loss against Yugoslavia) and 1994, as well as two UEFA European Football Championships, 1988 and 1996.
In the 1994 World Cup quarter-final against Italy, after he had found the net in a 2–2 draw against South Korea, Salinas missed the chance to put Spain into the last four: with 1–1 and less than ten minutes to go, he marred a fast-break, with only goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca to beat. Minutes after, Roberto Baggio sealed the 2–1 final result, as the Spaniard was ultimately more remembered for this miss rather than the massive amount of goals scored during an 18-year professional career.
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
|1.||22 January 1986||Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas||Soviet Union||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||19 February 1986||Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche||Belgium||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||26 March 1986||Estadio Ramón de Carranza, Cadiz||Poland||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|4.||7 June 1986||Estadio Tres de Marzo, Zapopan||Northern Ireland||2–0||2–1||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|5.||24 September 1986||El Molinón, Gijón||Greece||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|6.||24 February 1988||Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga||Czechoslovakia||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|7.||11 October 1989||Népstadion, Budapest||Hungary||1–0||2–2||1990 World Cup qualification|
|8.||26 June 1990||Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona||Yugoslavia||1–1||1–2||1990 FIFA World Cup|
|9.||28 April 1993||Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville||Northern Ireland||1–1||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|10.||28 April 1993||Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville||Northern Ireland||2–1||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|11.||22 September 1993||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana||Albania||1–0||5–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|12.||22 September 1993||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana||Albania||3–0||5–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|13.||22 September 1993||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana||Albania||4–1||5–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|14.||13 October 1993||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Republic of Ireland||2–0||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|15.||13 October 1993||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Republic of Ireland||3–0||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|16.||19 January 1994||Balaídos, Vigo||Portugal||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|17.||2 June 1994||Ratina Stadion, Tampere||Finland||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|18.||10 June 1994||Claude-Robillard, Montreal||Canada||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|19.||17 June 1994||Cotton Bowl, Dallas||South Korea||1–0||2–2||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|20.||12 October 1994||City Stadium of Skopje||Macedonia||1–0||2–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|21.||12 October 1994||City Stadium of Skopje||Macedonia||2–0||2–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|22.||17 December 1994||Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels||Belgium||3–1||4–1||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|1982/83||Athletic Bilbao||La Liga||7||1||6||3||4||0||0||0||17||4|
|1986/87||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||38||15||6||2||-||3||1||47||18|
|1995/96||Sporting Gijón||La Liga||38||18||4||4||-||-||42||22|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1997||Yokohama Marinos||J. League 1||26||21||2||2||5||3||-||33||26|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|Spain national team|
- De Cardeñosa a Salinas (From Cardeñosa to Salinas); El Mundo, 10 July 1994 (Spanish)
- Julio Salinas – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
- BDFutbol profile
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- Julio Salinas at National-Football-Teams.com
- Julio Salinas – FIFA competition record