Óscar Enrique Sánchez

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Óscar Enrique Sánchez
Personal information
Full name Óscar Enrique Sánchez Rivas
Date of birth (1955-07-15) 15 July 1955 (age 61)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Playing position striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973 Ases del Minar
1974–1983 Comunicaciones
1984 Galcasa
1985 Cobán Imperial
1986–1988 Municipal
1989 Tipografía Nacional
1990 Izabal JC
1991 Deportivo Escuintla
1992 Aurora FC
National team
1976–1989 Guatemala
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2010


Oscar Enrique Sánchez Rivas (born 15 July 1955[1]), popularly known as El Conejo (the rabbit) is a Guatemalan football coach and former inside forward, who played the majority of his career for the club CSD Comunicaciones, and represented the Guatemala national football team at the Olympic Games and in three FIFA World Cup qualification processes.

Sánchez is the second highest goalscorer of all time in the Guatemalan league, and has been catalogued by journalists of the region as one of the best players in the history of the nation's football.[2] In a 1999 poll by the IFFHS, he was voted the best Guatemalan footballer of the 20th Century and among the best 20 in CONCACAF.[3]

Club career[edit]

Sánchez' first top division club was Ases del Minar, making his debut in 1973.[4] In 1974, he joined Comunicaciones. In 12 years with Comunicaciones, Sánchez helped the team win five league titles and was the league's top goalscorer in 4 different seasons.[5] He holds the record for the most goals scored in a single season.

In 1977, Sánchez scored six goals in a 9-0 win for Comunicaciones against Antigua GFC, tying the league's all-time record set in 1961. He also scored five goals in two other occasions, one that same year against Tipografía Nacional and the other in 1985 against Xelajú MC while playing for Cobán Imperial.[6][7][8]

After his departure from Comunicaciones, Sánchez played for the clubs Municipal, Aurora FC, Galcasa, Tipografía Nacional, Cobán, Izabal JC and Deportivo Escuintla. He retired in 1992, after having scored 320 goals in all competitions.[5] From 1974 to 1992, he appeared in 609 league matches and scored 244 goals, what remained the league's all-time highest total until surpassed by Juan Carlos Plata in 2006. Sánchez ranks among the world's 150 highest top division goalscorers of all-time, according to the IFFHS.[9]

National team[edit]

Sánchez helped the Guatemala national football team qualify to the 1976 Olympic Games, and played two matches at the final tournament in Montreal, where Guatemala was eliminated in the first round group.

His full international debut occurred on September 26, 1976 at a 1978 World Cup qualification match against Panama, where he scored a hat-trick on a 7-0 win. He also played in the 1982 and 1990 World Cup qualifying campaigns, and overall he scored seven goals in 17 World Cup qualification matches.[5][10]

Coaching[edit]

After his retirement from playing, he became a coach, and managed the clubs Comunicaciones and Jalapa, among others, in the top division, and a number of clubs in lower divisions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/sa/oscar-sanchez-1.html
  2. ^ Castillo, Hugo. "En la jugada: No olvidemos al Conejo" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Retrieved 2006-12-17. [dead link] and Lopez, Roberto. "Honores al conejo" (in Spanish). Siglo Veintiuno. Retrieved 2006-12-17. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  4. ^ Source:http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2007/marzo/06/165046.html
  5. ^ a b c Barrios, Luis; Fleischmann, María. ""Sánchez: 'Es un día especial en mi vida'"" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre, Guatemala. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  6. ^ López, Roberto. ""'Pando' Ramírez se quedó aun gol de igualar la marca"" (in Spanish). Diario La Hora, Guatemala. Archived from the original on December 18, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Guatemala, 100 años de Fútbol - 1979-1979" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre, Guatemala. Archived from the original on 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  8. ^ Prensa Libre - Edición electrónica - Deportes
  9. ^ Source: "The World's most successful Top Division Goal Scorers of all time" - iffhs.de - IFFHS.
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "Individual record at FIFA tournaments". FIFA. Retrieved 2008-03-09.