Rafael Martín Vázquez

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Rafael Martín Vázquez
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-09-25) 25 September 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Escolapios
1980–1983 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Castilla 14 (3)
1983–1990 Real Madrid 179 (35)
1990–1992 Torino 52 (2)
1992 Marseille 7 (1)
1992–1995 Real Madrid 73 (7)
1995–1997 Deportivo La Coruña 17 (2)
1997–1998 Club Celaya 10 (0)
1998 Karlsruher SC 5 (0)
National team
1983–1984 Spain U18 10 (2)
1984–1988 Spain U21 15 (1)
1987 Spain U23 2 (1)
1984 Spain amateur 1 (0)
1987–1992 Spain 38 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Not to be confused with Martin Vasquez.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Martín and the second or maternal family name is Vázquez.

Rafael Martín Vázquez (born 25 September 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as an attacking midfielder, with above-average skills.[1]

He represented most notably Real Madrid, having represented it in two different spells, amassing La Liga totals of 252 games and 42 goals for the club, but also played abroad with some success in Italy, being unlucky in his other three foreign adventures.

Martín Vázquez appeared for Spain in one World Cup and one European Championship, gaining nearly 40 caps.

Club career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Martín Vázquez joined the youth teams of Real Madrid in 1980 at the age of 15 and made his debuts for the first team three years later, going on to achieve fame as part of the Quinta del Buitre which still included Míchel, Emilio Butragueño, Miguel Pardeza and Manolo Sanchís. In 1989–90, as Real achieved a club and La Liga record of 107 goals, he scored a career-best 14, second only in the team to Hugo Sánchez's 38 successful strikes.

After the arrival of Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, Martín Vázquez decided to accept the offer of Torino FC, but failed to settle in Italy during his two-season spell (although he did help the team reach the 1992 UEFA Cup Final). He then moved to Olympique de Marseille but only lasted two months in France, after which a return to Real Madrid was arranged; in his two stints with the Merengues, he won six leagues, two UEFA Cups and two King's Cups.

As injuries hit him, Martín Vázquez eventually retired from football at the end of 1998, after unassuming spells with Deportivo de La Coruña, Club Celaya (where he teamed up with Butragueño) and Karlsruher SC (German second division). Afterwards he worked with Real Madrid as a youth coach, while also keeping fit with the club's veteran team.[1]

International career[edit]

Martín Vázquez played 38 times for Spain, including at UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. His debut came on 23 September 1987 in a friendly match with Luxembourg.[2]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 1991 Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain  Uruguay 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Torino
Deportivo

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Real Madrid biography" (in Spanish). Real Madrid. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Pla Diaz, Emilio (6 June 2002). "Rafael Martín Vázquez – International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 

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