Jesús Herrera Alonso

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Chus Herrera
Personal information
Full name Jesús Herrera Alonso
Date of birth (1938-02-05)5 February 1938
Place of birth Cabueñes, Spain
Date of death 20 October 1962(1962-10-20) (aged 24)
Place of death Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1952–1954 Ovetense
1954–1955 Oviedo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1956 Vetusta
1956 → Juvencia (loan)
1956–1958 Oviedo 60 (18)
1958–1962 Real Madrid 50 (15)
1962 Real Sociedad (loan) 6 (2)
Total 116 (35)
National team
1959 Spain U21 1 (0)
1960 Spain B 1 (0)
1960 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jesús 'Chus' Herrera Alonso (5 February 1938 – 20 October 1962) was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cabueñes, Gijón, Herrera made his professional debuts with Real Oviedo in Segunda División, playing two seasons in the category with the club. In 1958, he joined Real Madrid.

During his spell with the Merengues, Herrera was used mostly as a backup to the likes of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Raymond Kopa, Ferenc Puskás and Héctor Rial. In the 1959–60 edition of the European Cup, he scored three goals in five games – two against Jeunesse Esch (7–0 home win) and one against OGC Nice (2–3 away loss) – helping the team renew their supremacy in the competition.[1]

On 4 September 1960, Herrera netted the fourth goal in a 5–1 defeat of C.A. Peñarol in the Intercontinental Cup (also the aggregate score).[2] Shortly after, however, he was deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and, in January 1962, was loaned to fellow La Liga club Real Sociedad until the end of the campaign, which ended in relegation for the Basques.

International career[edit]

Herrera played one game with the Spanish national team, appearing in a friendly with Italy on 13 March 1960, in Barcelona (3–1 win).[3]

Death[edit]

Shortly after arriving at Real Sociedad, Herrera retired from football. On 20 October 1962, aged only 24, he died from cancer in Oviedo.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Herrera's father, Eduardo, was also a footballer and a forward. He was a leading figure for Oviedo in the 1930s/1940s.[4]

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid

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