Alfonso Pérez

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Alfonso
Personal information
Full name Alfonso Pérez Muñoz
Date of birth (1972-09-26) 26 September 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Getafe, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1985–1986 Getafe
1986–1989 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Real Madrid B 3 (1)
1991–1995 Real Madrid 88 (13)
1995–2000 Betis 152 (57)
2000–2002 Barcelona 21 (2)
2002Marseille (loan) 11 (4)
2002–2005 Betis 45 (10)
Total 320 (87)
National team
1988–1989 Spain U16 12 (6)
1989–1990 Spain U18 12 (5)
1991 Spain U19 1 (0)
1991–1993 Spain U21 7 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 11 (6)
1992–2000 Spain 38 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Team Competition

Alfonso Pérez Muñoz (born 26 September 1972), known simply as Alfonso, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

Having represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona during his career, Alfonso possessed above-average heading ability despite not reaching 180 cm. He appeared in 307 La Liga games for three teams (also had two spells with Real Betis), scoring 84 goals.

The recipient of nearly 40 caps for Spain, Alfonso appeared for the nation in one World Cup and two European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Alfonso was born in Getafe, in the outskirts of Madrid. In 1990, aged just 18, he made his professional debuts with Real Madrid and, although he never carved a regular place in the starting XI (playing mostly as understudy to club great Emilio Butragueño and then Iván Zamorano), helped the capital side to the 1995 national championship.

In that summer, Alfonso signed with Real Betis: in his second season at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, he scored 25 La Liga goals which was the most goals ever scored by a player in a season in the club's history. Teaming up with Pier, the pair combined for 60 first division goals from 1995 to 1997, and helped the Andalusia club finish fourth in the latter.

FC Barcelona signed Alfonso for the 2000–01 campaign, and the player had a difficult time adjusting at Camp Nou, netting only twice in his first year and serving an unsuccessful loan spell at French League's Olympique de Marseille in January 2002 – alongside Real Madrid's Alberto Rivera – where he once again failed to shine.

Barça then loaned Alfonso to former club Betis, which signed him permanently at the end of the season. After another two seasons where he struggled with injuries and loss of form (ten scoreless games in 2004–05), he retired from football when his contract expired in June 2005, having scored more than 100 official goals during his career; he subsequently returned to Real Madrid, joining its veterans' team.

International career[edit]

Alfonso appeared in 38 games for Spain, making his debut in a friendly match against England on 9 September 1992, in Santander.[1] The most important of his 11 goals was scored against Yugoslavia in UEFA Euro 2000: the team was losing 3–2 in injury time, needing a win to qualify from the group at Norway's expense. In the 90th minute, a penalty was won and converted by Gaizka Mendieta, and with seconds remaining Alfonso volleyed a spectacular shot past Ivica Kralj for his second of the game and the win.[2]

Alfonso also appeared in all of the matches at Euro 1996, including against Bulgaria in which he netted the equalizer after just one minute on the pitch.[3] Additionally, he played two 1998 FIFA World Cup contests.

Alfonso was also a member of the national team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, in Barcelona.[4]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 December 1992 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Latvia 3–0 5–0 1994 World Cup qualification
2. 6 September 1995 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 2–0 6–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
3. 9 June 1996 Elland Road, Leeds, England  Bulgaria 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1996
4. 4 September 1996 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–2 2–6 1998 World Cup qualification
5. 4 September 1996 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–4 2–6 1998 World Cup qualification
6. 4 September 1996 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–6 2–6 1998 World Cup qualification
7. 12 February 1997 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Malta 2–0 4–0 1998 World Cup qualification
8. 12 February 1997 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Malta 3–0 4–0 1998 World Cup qualification
9. 29 March 2000 Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain  Italy 1–0 2–0 Friendly
10. 21 June 2000 Jan Breydel, Bruges, Belgium  Yugoslavia 1–1 3–4 UEFA Euro 2000
11. 21 June 2000 Jan Breydel, Bruges, Belgium  Yugoslavia 3–4 3–4 UEFA Euro 2000

Personal life[edit]

Alfonso is the older brother of another footballer, Iván Pérez Muñoz. Both Real Madrid youth graduates, they coincided one season at Betis and reunited at Real Madrid veterans.[5]

Getafe CF's stadium, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, is named after him, despite the fact that he never played professionally for his hometown club (or even once in the ground).[6]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid
Betis

International[edit]

Spain U23

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ La nueva etapa se abre con victoria (New era gets started with win); Mundo Deportivo, 10 September 1992 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Spain survive in seven-goal classic; BBC Sport, 21 June 2000
  3. ^ Spain start with a point against Bulgaria; UEFA, 6 October 2003
  4. ^ "La Roja de 1992, nuestra medalla de oro Olímpica" [1992's La Roja, our Olympic gold medal] (in Spanish). Antena 3. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  5. ^ El Madrid mantiene el liderato sufriendo (Madrid stay on top after suffering); Marca, 8 February 2008 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Getafe final honour delights Alfonso; UEFA, 6 May 2010
  7. ^ "Supervivientes de oro" [Golden survivors] (in Spanish). El País. 25 February 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 

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