Quini in 2010
|Full name||Enrique Castro González|
|Date of birth||23 September 1949|
|Place of birth||Oviedo, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In a career totally connected with Sporting de Gijón and FC Barcelona, he was widely regarded as one of the country's best strikers, having won a total of seven Pichichi Trophy awards, five of those in La Liga.
Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Quini joined local Real Oviedo's neighbours Sporting de Gijón in 1968, from amateurs CD Ensidesa. In his first season in La Liga, 1970–71, he scored 13 goals in 30 matches and, during the following nine years, only netted once in single digits and won three Pichichi, one in Segunda División; ironically, in the year in which he won his second, Sporting was relegated, the player's 21 goals being insufficient to avoid the last place.
In the 1980 summer, Quini signed with FC Barcelona, which had already tried to sign the player after Sporting's relegation. In his first two years combined he scored 47 league goals, good enough for two more scoring accolades. He also helped the Catalans to the 1981 Copa del Rey, netting twice to put away his beloved Sporting in a 3–1 win in the final; additionally, in the 1981–82 European Cup Winners' Cup, he helped Barça come from behind to beat Belgium's Standard Liège 2–1 as the final was held at the Camp Nou.
In his final two years, Quini appeared little with Barcelona (but scored the club's 3000th goal in the league, in a home match against CD Castellón), and chose to retire in 1984 at age 35, even being awarded a testimonial match by the club – however, he reconsidered and eventually returned to former club Sporting for three more years in the top flight, being relatively used. On 14 June 1987 he played his last match, against Barcelona, and totalled 448 games and 219 goals in the first division alone (fifth all-time); in the following decades he continued linked to Sporting, in several directorial capacities.
On 1 March 1981, after scoring twice for Barcelona in a 6–0 home win against Hércules CF, Quini was kidnapped by two men at gunpoint, being forced into a van. After many developments and 25 days – during this time, Barcelona could only amass one draw in four games, eventually losing the title race – he was rescued unharmed, upon cooperation between the Spanish and Swiss law enforcement agencies.
It was subsequently speculated that Quini developed Stockholm syndrome, since he decided not to press charges against his kidnappers and never claimed his personal damages award of 5 million pesetas.
With a total of 35 caps and eight goals, Quini participated in two FIFA World Cups, 1978 and 1982, as well as UEFA Euro 1980. In all those competitions combined, he could only find the net once (Euro '80), and the nation suffered a 1–2 loss to Belgium.
|1.||28 October 1970||La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain||Greece||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||20 November 1974||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||1–1||1–2||Euro 1976 qualifying|
|3.||20 November 1974||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||1–2||1–2||Euro 1976 qualifying|
|4.||29 March 1978||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Norway||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|5.||26 April 1978||Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain||Mexico||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|6.||16 April 1980||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Czechoslovakia||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|7.||15 June 1980||Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy||Belgium||1–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 1980|
|8.||24 February 1982||Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain||Scotland||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
On 29 April 2016, the Town Hall of Gijón named Quini adoptive son of the city.
- Copa del Rey: 1980–81, 1982–83
- Supercopa de España: 1983
- Copa de la Liga: 1983
- UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1981–82
- Don Balón Award – Best Spanish Player: 1978–79
- Pichichi Trophy (La Liga): 1973–74, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82; Segunda División: 1969–70, 1976–77
- "Spain – List of Topscorers ("Pichichi") 1929–2015". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- El Barcelona ganó una bonita final de Copa (Barcelona won beautiful Cup final); El País, 19 June 1981 (in Spanish)
- 1981/82: Home sweet home for Barcelona Archived 15 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; UEFA.com, 1 June 1982
- "Quini, autor del gol 3.000 del Barça en la Liga" [Quini, scorer of Barça's 3000th goal in Liga] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 25 January 1982. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Enrique Castro Quini, autor del gol 3.000: El cabezazo del 'Brujo' (Enrique Castro Quini, scorer of goal 3.000: The 'Sorcerer's header); El Periódico de Catalunya, 29 January 2009 (in Spanish)
- Quini ingresará mañana en el hospital para someterse a una segunda operación de garganta (Quini to be admitted to hospital tomorrow for second throat surgery); La Nueva España, 4 February 2008 (in Spanish)
- Quini hará de 'entrenador' del Sporting en el Camp Nou (Quini will be Sporting's 'coach' at the Camp Nou); Marca, 2 February 2009 (in Spanish)
- El secuestro de Quini puede tener móviles económicos (Quini's kidnapping may be economically driven); El País, 3 March 1981 (in Spanish)
- Quini: Un secuestro que tuvo en vilo al país (Quini: A kidnapping that kept the nation wide awake); Sport, 19 September 2007 (in Spanish)
- Fitzpatrick, Richard (2012). El Clasico: Barcelona v Real Madrid: Football's greatest rivalry. Bloomsberry USA. p. 256. ISBN 1408158795.
- Enrique Castro González, ‘Quini’ – Goals in International Matches Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; at RSSSF
- "Los inicios de Quini y Castro" [The beginnings of Quini and Castro] (in Spanish). El Comercio. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "El Ayuntamiento rendirá homenaje a Quini a partir de mañana con una exposición y la inauguración de un parque" [City Hall will pay homage to Quini as of tomorrow with exhibit and opening of park] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- "Quini: «El título de Hijo Adoptivo es el premio más importante de mi vida»" [Quini: «The title of Adoptive Son is the most important award of my life»] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- "Quini". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- Counts for appearances and goals at the UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
- Counts for appearances and goals at the Copa de la Liga and Supercopa de España.