César Sánchez

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César Sánchez
Cesar Sanchez VCF.jpg
César in 2010
Personal information
Full name César Sánchez Domínguez
Date of birth (1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Coria, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Valladolid B 17 (0)
1992–2000 Valladolid 206 (0)
2000–2005 Real Madrid 20 (0)
2005–2008 Zaragoza 110 (0)
2008–2009 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009–2011 Valencia 63 (0)
2011–2012 Villarreal 2 (0)
Total 418 (0)
National team
2000 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

César Sánchez Domínguez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈθesaɾ ˈsantʃeθ]; born 2 September 1971), sometimes known as simply César, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In exactly 20 La Liga seasons (the only competition he appeared in as a professional) he played in 401 games, with Valladolid, Real Madrid, Zaragoza, Valencia and Villarreal, being first-choice in three of those clubs and winning seven major titles with the second, including the 2002 Champions League.

Club career[edit]

Valladolid / Real Madrid[edit]

César was born in Coria, Cáceres, Extremadura. He graduated through Real Valladolid's youth ranks, and made his debut with the first team in a 0–6 home defeat against FC Barcelona where he came on for Mauro Ravnić early into the second half, at the end of the 1991–92 season.[1] He only missed four league games between 1995–2000 combined.[2]

Sánchez signed in 2000–01 for La Liga giants Real Madrid, initially backing-up wonderkid Iker Casillas. However, the following season, he eventually became first-choice and started five out of nine UEFA Champions League matches during the capital side's victorious campaign, but was substituted by Casillas in the final against Bayer 04 Leverkusen after suffering an injury.[3]

Zaragoza / Tottenham[edit]

César joined Real Zaragoza for 2005–06,[4] and was everpresent in the Aragonese side's lineups during three seasons. In August 2008, after their relegation to Segunda División, new boss Marcelino García Toral sidelined the player into the B-team.[5]

Shortly after, Sánchez was bought by Juande Ramos's Tottenham Hotspur.[6] He made his first and only appearance for the London club against Liverpool, in a 4–2 win for the Football League Cup, replacing injured Heurelho Gomes.[7]

Valencia / Later years[edit]

César returned to Spain on 20 January 2009, joining Valencia CF on a free transfer until the end of the season[8]– the Che had just lost first-choice Renan to a groin injury, during a 2–3 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Despite this, the former was still named on the bench for a Tottenham game on the 21st, the League Cup semi-final second leg against Burnley; two days later, Tottenham announced that his contract had been cancelled by mutual consent,[9] and he retained his starting status even when the Brazilian recovered from his injury.[10]

After an impressive half-season, César (aged almost 38) renewed his contract for another year.[11] He started the 2009–10 campaign on the bench, playing second-fiddle to new signing Miguel Ángel Moyá; however, after unconvincing displays by the latter, he regained the starting spot,[12] keeping consecutive clean sheets against Racing de Santander (1–0),[13] defending champions Barcelona (0–0),[14] UD Almería (3–0)[15] and Málaga CF (1–0).[16] In May 2010, after helping Valencia to the third place, with the team consequently returning to the Champions League, the veteran agreed to a further one-year extension.[17]

On 2 April 2011, César became the second oldest goalkeeper in Spanish League history as he appeared – as a starter – in a 4–2 away win against Getafe CF, aged 39 years and 212 days.[18] He contributed with 15 games, as his team finished third and qualified to the Champions League.

However, after the club acquired Diego Alves and renewed youth graduate Vicente Guaita's contract, César became surplus to requirements. On 2 June 2011, he signed a one-year deal with Valencian Community neighbours Villarreal CF,[19] making his league debut on 10 September in a 2–2 home draw against Sevilla FC: after replacing sent off Diego López early into the first half, he stopped the ensuing penalty by Álvaro Negredo, whom however managed to score with a putback.[20] Subsequently, he became only the fifth player to appear in a Spanish top division match over the age of 40, following Harry Lowe, Jacques Songo'o,[21] Amedeo Carboni and Donato.

International career[edit]

César earned his first and only cap for Spain on 16 August 2000, in a 4–1 friendly defeat to Germany in Hannover.[22]


Real Madrid[23]


  1. ^ "Goleada de miedo" [Scary routing] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 25 May 1992. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pucelano histórico: César Sánchez" [Historical pucelano: César Sánchez] (in Spanish). Vavel. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Madrid win ninth European crown". UEFA. 15 May 2002. Archived from the original on 6 June 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  4. ^ César switches to Zaragoza; UEFA, 13 June 2005
  5. ^ "Juande 'rescata' a César y se lo lleva al Tottenham" [Juande 'rescues' César and takes him to Tottenham] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sánchez signs". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "Tottenham 4–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  8. ^ César es el elegido (César is the chosen one); Levante-EMV, 21 January 2009 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Sanchez departs". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Le buscan cesión a Renan y César aún puede renovar" [Loan wanted for Renan and César may still renew] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  11. ^ César renueva con el Valencia (César renews with Valencia); Marca, 24 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "¿Qué portero debería jugar contra el Brujas, Moyà o César?" [What goalkeeper should play against Brugge, Moyà or César?]. Super Deporte. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Pinillos se confundió con Zigic" [Pinillos thought he was Zigic] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "El Valencia frena al líder" [Valencia halt leader] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "0–3. El Valencia se quita la presión en su visita a Almería" [0–3. Valencia shake pressure off in visit to Almería] (in Spanish). Público. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Malaga 0–1 Valencia: Navarro wins it for Los Che". Goal. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Mercado: El Valencia renueva al veterano portero César" [Market: Valencia renew veteran goalkeeper César] (in Spanish). Goal. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "César, el portero más veterano de la Liga" [César, the League's most veteran goalkeeper]. Super Deporte. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Cesar Sanchez joins Villarreal". Goal. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Villarreal claim battling draw". ESPN Soccernet. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  21. ^ Última alegría para el Deportivo (Last joy for Deportivo); ESPN Deportes, 23 May 2004 (in Spanish)
  22. ^ Desastre (Disaster); Mundo Deportivo, 17 August 2000 (in Spanish)
  23. ^ "César". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 

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