Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo

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Manolo Sanchís
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Personal information
Full name Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo
Date of birth (1965-05-23) 23 May 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Youth career
1979–1983 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Castilla 10 (2)
1983–2001 Real Madrid 523 (33)
Total 533 (35)
National team
1983 Spain U18 6 (1)
1983–1986 Spain U21 16 (0)
1986–1987 Spain U23 2 (0)
1986–1992 Spain 48 (1)
* 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 Sanchís and the second or maternal family name is Hontiyuelo.

Manuel 'Manolo' Sanchís Hontiyuelo (born 23 May 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a sweeper.

A part of the famous Quinta del Buitre which stemmed from the Real Madrid youth ranks, he was the only of its five members to play his entire career for the capital side. His father, Manuel Sanchís Martínez, also played for Real Madrid, and both were Spanish internationals.[1]

Sanchís appeared in more than 700 official games for his only club, and represented the national team in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

A product of Real Madrid's prolific youth system, Madrid-born Sanchís made his debut with the first team on 4 December 1983, scoring the game's only goal at Real Murcia[1] and finishing his debut season with a further 17 appearances (and two goals) for the main squad.

During the following 15 years Sanchís only appeared in less than 30 matches in two, and was instrumental in the Merengues' several conquests, including six La Liga championships, two UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Cups. In the 1999–2000 campaign he featured sparingly, but still helped to the club's eighth European Cup, playing 11 minutes in the final against fellow Spanish side Valencia CF in a 3–0 win.[1][2]

Sanchís retired in 2001 at the age of 36, having appeared in 710 overall games for his only club – 523 of those in the league – while also captaining it during 13 years.

International career[edit]

After excelling with the under-21s, with which he won the 1986 UEFA European Championship,[3] Sanchís made his senior debut that same year, on 12 November, in a UEFA Euro 1988 qualifier against Romania (1–0 win).

He went on to gain 48 full caps, appearing at both Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. His last match was a friendly with the United States on 11 March 1992.





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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Real Madrid captain
Succeeded by
Fernando Hierro