Butragueño in 2015
|Full name||Emilio Butragueño Santos|
|Date of birth||22 July 1963|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1982–1984||Real Madrid B||65||(37)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He was best known for his spell with Real Madrid. Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), he was a member of the legendary La Quinta del Buitre along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza.
Butragueño amassed La Liga totals 300 games and 123 goals for his main club in 12 seasons, and represented the Spain national team in two World Cups (being the second-top scorer in the 1986 edition) and as many European Championships, scoring 26 goals for his country in a record that stood several years.
In 1981, Madrid-born Butragueño joined Real Madrid youth system, playing first for their reserves before being given his senior debut by Alfredo Di Stéfano on 5 February 1984 against Cádiz CF: he made an instant impact, scoring twice and assisting for the third goal in a 3–2 away turnaround, after Real trailed by 0–2. On 12 December that year he made his European competition debut, contributing with a hat-trick to a 6–1 home triumph against R.S.C. Anderlecht for the third round of the UEFA Cup (after a 0–3 loss in Brussels), as the Spaniards went on to win the competition.
At the time, Real Madrid's form was so patchy the first team's attendances were smaller than those of the reserve side. Butragueño contributed to their transformation, and was a prominent member of the team during the 1980s, winning numerous honours: he received the European Bronze award for best footballer in two consecutive years, and won the Pichichi Trophy in 1991, while also being instrumental in the capital club's five La Liga trophies, two Copa del Rey and two consecutive UEFA Cups.
In June 1995, having lost his place (only eight games and one goal, as Real won another league), mainly due to the emergence of 17-year-old Raúl, Butragueño signed for Atlético Celaya in Mexico and, in his first year, the team reached the final of the Liga MX. After three seasons where he was known as the Gentleman of the Pitch – never receiving a single red card during his entire career – he finally decided to retire from the game in April 1998.
Butragueño earned 69 caps for Spain, and scored 26 goals. His debut came on 17 October 1984 against Wales in a 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifier, although he had already been picked as an uncapped player for the UEFA Euro 1984 team as the nation finished runners-up.
Butragueño was also selected for the 1986 World Cup where he played a major part, scoring four goals as Spain beat Denmark 5–1 in the round-of-16 match. He also took part in the 1990 edition in Italy (four games, no goals).
Post-retirement and other ventures
On 19 October 2004, Butragueño replaced former Real Madrid teammate Jorge Valdano as the club's director of football and, until the end of the 2005–06 season, also served as its vice-president. Subsequently, he acted as head of public relations for the organisation.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Real Madrid||1983–84||La Liga||10||4||0||0||2||2||—||—||12||6|
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Butragueño goal.
|1||17 October 1984||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Wales||3–0||3–0||1986 World Cup qualification|
|2||23 January 1985||Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain||Finland||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|4||19 February 1986||Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain||Belgium||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|5||26 March 1986||Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain||Poland||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|6||7 June 1986||Tres de Marzo, Guadalajara, Mexico||Northern Ireland||1–0||2–1||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|7||18 June 1986||La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico||Denmark||1–1||5–1||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|11||15 October 1986||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany||West Germany||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|12||18 February 1987||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain||England||1–0||2–4||Friendly|
|13||23 September 1987||Nou Castalia, Castellón, Spain||Luxembourg||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|14||1 June 1988||El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain||Sweden||1–0||1–3||Friendly|
|15||11 June 1988||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany||Denmark||2–1||3–2||UEFA Euro 1988|
|16||12 October 1988||Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Argentina||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|17||16 November 1988||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Republic of Ireland||2–0||2–0||1990 World Cup qualification|
|18||21 December 1988||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Northern Ireland||2–0||4–0||1990 World Cup qualification|
|19||15 November 1989||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Hungary||2–0||4–0||1990 World Cup qualification|
|20||28 March 1990||La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain||Austria||2–0||2–3||Friendly|
|21||26 May 1990||Bežigrad, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia||Yugoslavia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|22||10 October 1990||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Iceland||1–0||2–1||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|23||19 December 1990||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Albania||3–0||9–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
- La Liga: 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1994–95
- Copa del Rey: 1988–89, 1992–93
- Copa de la Liga: 1985
- Supercopa de España: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
- UEFA Cup: 1984–85, 1985–86
- Copa Iberoamericana: 1994
- Bravo Award: 1985, 1986
- Ballon d'Or: Third place 1986, 1987
- Pichichi Trophy: 1990–91
- FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 1986
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1986
- FIFA 100
- FICTS Hall of Fame and Excellence Guirlande d'Honneur
- "La Quinta entra en los 50" [The Cohort hits 50] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
- Final de infarto en Cádiz (Mad finale in Cádiz); Mundo Deportivo, 6 February 1984 (in Spanish)
- Butragueño (3 goles) fue el gran heroe (Butragueño (3 goals) was the big heroe); Mundo Deportivo, 13 December 1984 (in Spanish)
- Real Madrid Fans biography (in Spanish)
- Entrevista con Emilio Butragueño (Interview with Emilio Butragueño); ESPN Deportes, 1 September 2005 (in Spanish)
- "Spain – List of Topscorers ("Pichichi") 1929–2015". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- Emilio Butragueño – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
- "Del utillero falangista al positivo de Calderé: nuestro Mundial 86 en diez episodios" [From the falangista kit man to Calderé's positive: our 86 World Cup in ten episodes] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- "5–1: ¡Buitre, que grande eres!" [5–1: Vulture, you're so great!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 19 June 1986. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- Olsen's World Cup nightmare; BBC Sport, 13 April 2002
- Butragueño to the rescue; UEFA, 19 October 2004
- Capello makes Bernabéu comeback; UEFA, 5 July 2006
- Emilio Butragueño, galardonado (Emilio Butragueño, awarded) Archived 30 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine; Real Madrid CF, 28 January 2010 (in Spanish)
- Butragueño: "Karanka representa los valores de la casa" (Butragueño: "Karanka is what Real Madrid stands for"); Marca, 7 June 2010 (in Spanish)
- Juegos de fútbol: Emilio Butragueño Fútbol (Football games: Emilio Butragueño Fútbol) Archived 1 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine; Notas de Fútbol, 6 February 2008 (in Spanish)
- "Emilio Butragueño". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
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