Quini

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For the footballer born in 1989, see Quini (footballer, born 1989).
Quini
Quini.jpg
Quini in 2010
Personal information
Full name Enrique Castro González
Date of birth (1949-09-23) 23 September 1949 (age 64)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Don Bosco
Ensidesa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1968 Ensidesa 22 (17)
1968–1980 Sporting Gijón 381 (214)
1980–1984 Barcelona 100 (54)
1984–1987 Sporting Gijón 62 (17)
Total 567 (302)
National team
1968 Spain U18 2 (0)
1971 Spain U23 1 (0)
1969–1972 Spain amateur 9 (11)
1970–1982 Spain 35 (8)
* 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 Castro and the second or maternal family name is González.

Enrique Castro González (born 23 September 1949), commonly known as Quini, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

In a career totally connected with Sporting de Gijón and FC Barcelona, he was widely regarded as one of the country's best strikers, having won a total of seven Pichichi Trophy awards, five of those in La Liga.

A Spanish international for 12 years, Quini represented the nation in two World Cups and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Quini joined local Real Oviedo's neighbours Sporting de Gijón in 1968, from amateurs Ensidesa. In his first season in La Liga, 1970–71, he scored 13 goals in 30 matches and, during the following nine years, only netted once in single digits and won three Pichichi, one in Segunda División; ironically, in the year in which he won his second, Sporting was relegated, the player's 21 goals being insufficient to avoid the last place.

In the 1980 summer Quini signed with FC Barcelona, which had already tried to sign the player after Sporting's relegation. In his first two years combined he scored 47 league goals, good enough for two more scoring accolades. He also helped the Catalans to the 1981 Copa del Rey, netting twice to put away his beloved Sporting in a 3–1 win in the final;[1] additionally, in the 1981–82 European Cup Winners' Cup he helped Barça come from behind to beat Belgium's Standard Liège 2–1, as the final was held at the Camp Nou.[2]

In his final two years Quini appeared little with Barcelona (but scored the club's 3000th goal in the league, in a home match against CD Castellón[3][4]), and chose to retire in 1984 at age 35, even being awarded a testimonial match by the club – however, he reconsidered and eventually returned to former club Sporting for three more years in the top flight, being relatively used. On 14 June 1987 he played his last match, against Barcelona, and totalled 448 games and 219 goals in the first division alone (fifth all-time); in the following decades he continued linked to Sporting, in several directorial capacities.[5][6]

Kidnapping[edit]

On 1 March 1981, after scoring twice for Barcelona in a 6–0 home win against Hércules CF, Quini was kidnapped by two men at gunpoint, being forced into a van. After many developments and 25 days – during this time, Barcelona could only amass one draw in four games, eventually losing the title race – he was rescued unharmed, upon cooperation between the Spanish and Swiss law enforcement agencies.[7][8]

It was subsequently speculated that Quini developed Stockholm syndrome, since he decided not to press charges against his kidnappers and never claimed his personal damages award of 5 million pesetas.[9]

International career[edit]

Quini made his debut for Spain on 28 October 1970, in a friendly in Zaragoza with Greece: having played the second half, he scored in a 2–1 win.

With a total of 35 caps and eight goals, he participated in two FIFA World Cups, 1978 and 1982, as well as UEFA Euro 1980; in all those competitions combined, he could only find the net once (Euro '80), and Spain suffered a 1–2 loss to Belgium.[10]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 October 1970 La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain  Greece 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 20 November 1974 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–1 1–2 Euro 1976 qualifying
3. 20 November 1974 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–2 1–2 Euro 1976 qualifying
4. 29 March 1978 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Norway 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5. 26 April 1978 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Mexico 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6. 16 April 1980 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Czechoslovakia 2–2 2–2 Friendly
7. 15 June 1980 Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy  Belgium 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1980
8. 24 February 1982 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  Scotland 2–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Barcelona

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe[11] Other[12] Totals
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ensidesa 1967–68 22 17 - - 22 17
Totals 22 17 - - 22 17
Sporting 1968–69 21 15 - - 21 15
1969–70 35 24 1 1 36 25
1970–71 30 13 2 0 32 13
1971–72 24 9 3 1 - 27 10
1972–73 34 11 8 5 42 16
1973–74 34 20 2 1 36 21
1974–75 32 12 6 3 38 15
1975–76 34 21 3 2 37 23
1976–77 38 26 5 4 43 30
1977–78 32 15 10 9 42 24
1978–79 33 23 1 0 4 0 38 23
1979–80 34 25 9 3 2 0 45 28
Totals 381 214 50 29 6 0 - - 421 243
Barcelona 1980–81 30 20 10 11 2 1 42 32
1981–82 32 27 2 0 8 3 42 30
1982–83 22 4 2 0 4 0 1 0 29 4
1983–84 16 3 5 6 1 2 7 0 29 11
Totals 100 54 19 17 15 6 8 0 142 77
Sporting 1984–85 21 9 7 5 6 5 32 17
1985–86 24 7 3 3 2 0 4 1 29 10
1986–87 16 1 1 1 17 2
Totals 62 17 11 9 2 0 10 6 78 32
Career totals 565 302 80 55 23 6 18 6 686 369

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Barcelona ganó una bonita final de Copa (Barcelona won beautiful Cup final); El País, 19 June 1981 (Spanish)
  2. ^ 1981/82: Home sweet home for Barcelona; UEFA.com, 1 June 1982
  3. ^ "Quini, autor del gol 3.000 del Barça en la Liga" [Quini, scorer of Barça's 3000th goal in Liga] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 25 January 1982. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Enrique Castro Quini, autor del gol 3.000: El cabezazo del 'Brujo' (Enrique Castro Quini, scorer of goal 3.000: The 'Sorcerer's header); El Periódico, 29 January 2009 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Quini ingresará mañana en el hospital para someterse a una segunda operación de garganta (Quini to be admitted to hospital tomorrow for second throat surgery); La Nueva España, 4 February 2008 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Quini hará de 'entrenador' del Sporting en el Camp Nou (Quini will be Sporting's 'coach' at the Camp Nou); Marca, 2 February 2009 (Spanish)
  7. ^ El secuestro de Quini puede tener móviles económicos (Quini's kidnapping may be economically driven); El País, 3 March 1981 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Quini: Un secuestro que tuvo en vilo al país (Quini: A kidnapping that kept the nation wide awake); Sport, 19 September 2007 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Fitzpatrick, Richard (2012). El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid: Football's Greatest Rivalry. Bloomsberry USA. p. 256. ISBN 1408158795. 
  10. ^ Enrique Castro González, ‘Quini’ – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
  11. ^ Counts for appearances and goals at the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
  12. ^ Counts for appearances and goals at the Copa de la Liga and Supercopa de España.

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