Víctor Sánchez

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Personal information
Full name Víctor Sánchez del Amo
Date of birth (1976-02-23) 23 February 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1994 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Real Madrid C 17 (3)
1995–1996 Real Madrid B 37 (1)
1996–1998 Real Madrid 65 (7)
1998–1999 Racing Santander 35 (12)
1999–2006 Deportivo La Coruña 210 (30)
2006–2007 Panathinaikos 12 (0)
2007–2008 Elche 17 (2)
Total 393 (55)
National team
1996–1998 Spain U21 12 (3)
2000–2004 Spain 8 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Getafe (assistant)
2012–2013 Sevilla (assistant)
2013–2014 Olympiacos (assistant)
2015–2016 Deportivo La Coruña
2016 Olympiacos
2016–2017 Betis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Víctor Sánchez del Amo (born 23 February 1976), known simply as Víctor, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder, and is a current manager.

His crossing ability is among the qualities which brought him international recognition with Spain, and especially Deportivo. He started his career with Real Madrid, and went on to win a total of seven major titles between the two clubs combined.

Over 11 seasons, Víctor amassed La Liga totals of 310 matches and 49 goals.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Víctor was born in Madrid. Being a product of the famous Real Madrid youth system, he made his first-team debut on 25 May 1996 in the season's last matchday, a 1–0 away win against Real Zaragoza.[1]

Almost never a starter during his spell in the capital, Víctor did appear in 36 La Liga games in 1996–97 (25 starts, five goals) as the Fabio Capello-led side won the national championship, and would play a relative role in Madrid's conquest of the following campaign's UEFA Champions League.[2]


For 1998–99, Víctor had to leave his hometown club as he faced stiff competition, and his first stop was Racing de Santander where he scored 12 top division goals[3][4] to earn a move to Deportivo de La Coruña. In the 1999–2000 season, he missed just one league match as Deportivo won the league – its first – netting four goals.

It was as creator rather than scorer, however, that Víctor impressed in the 2001–02 edition of the Champions League, a season which saw the Galicians win the Copa del Rey. He helped Depor to a third-place finish in 2002–03 with four goals in 30 games, while also chipping in with a couple in the Champions League, prior to the team's second group stage elimination.

In 2003–04, Víctor enjoyed his best return in front of goal, scoring seven in 31 appearances, including a 3 January 2004 hat-trick at neighbours Celta de Vigo (5–0 success),[5][6] as Deportivo finished third behind Valencia CF and FC Barcelona. He failed to find the net, though, in a Champions League campaign which concluded with a semi-final loss to FC Porto; in his last year, they would finish eighth in the league and the player was not offered a new contract, a decision helped by the fact he had recently been injured.

Later years[edit]

On 3 August 2006, Víctor signed a two-year contract with Greek league giants Panathinaikos FC[7] for about €1.5 million per year. He appeared sparingly throughout the season and, in October 2007, returned to Spain, penning a one-year deal with second division club Elche CF – he spent the first months of the new season training on his own.

At the end of the campaign, Víctor renewed his link for a further year,[8] only to back down immediately on his original decision, leaving in July 2008. He retired at the age of 32, with more than 500 official games to his credit.

On 22 December 2010, Víctor was named Getafe CF's assistant manager, replacing former Real Madrid teammate Juan Esnáider as sidekick of Míchel – another player he shared teams at the club with. On 10 April 2015, he returned to Deportivo, taking over from the sacked Víctor Fernández.[9]

Víctor was sacked after the team finished 15th in his only full season, winning only twice in his last 22 games including an 0–8 home loss to Barcelona.[10] On 23 June 2016, he succeeded Marco Silva at the helm of Olympiacos FC.[11] Less than two months later, after being ousted from the Champions League by Hapoel Be'er Sheva FC, he was relieved of his duties.[12]

On 12 November 2016, Víctor replaced fired Gus Poyet at Real Betis.[13] The following 9 May, he was himself dismissed.[14]

International career[edit]

Víctor made his debut with Spain in a friendly match with Germany on 16 August 2000 (1–4 away loss),[15] and went on to receive eight caps in a four-year span. He had previously participated in the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, in which the nation emerged victorious 1–0 against Greece.[16]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Deportivo[17] Spain 10 April 2015 30 May 2016 50 10 25 15 59 80 −21 020.00
Olympiacos[11] Greece 23 June 2016 9 August 2016 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 000.00
Betis Spain 12 November 2016 9 May 2017 29 8 7 14 32 45 −13 027.59
Total 81 18 33 30 91 126 −35 022.22



Real Madrid



Spain U21


  1. ^ "Europa esquiva al Real" [Europe eludes Real]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 May 1996. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "El Real, con paso firme y goleando" [Real, steady and scoring aplenty]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 23 October 1997. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Racing y Celta ofrecen goles y un buen espectáculo" [Racing and Celta provide goals and a good show]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 November 1998. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Racing arrolla al Salamanca" [Racing crush Salamanca]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 November 1998. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Deportivo incendia Balaídos" [Deportivo set Balaídos on fire]. El País (in Spanish). 4 January 2004. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "The memories of Victor". Deportivo de La Coruña fansite. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Víctor wins Panathinaikos deal". UEFA. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "El Elche renueva por una campaña a Víctor Sánchez" [Elche renew Víctor Sánchez for one season]. Las Provincias (in Spanish). 8 July 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Victor Sanchez appointed new manager of La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruna". Daily Mail. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Victor Sanchez dismissed as boss of Deportivo La Coruna". BBC Sport. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός – Ανακοίνωση" [Olympiacos FC – Announcement] (in Greek). Olympiacos F.C. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "El Olympiacos cesa a Víctor Sánchez del Amo" [Olympiacos fire Víctor Sánchez del Amo]. Sport (in Spanish). 9 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Víctor Sánchez del Amo substitutes Gustavo Poyet at Real Betis". Real Betis. 12 November 2016. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Alexis Trujillo will replace Víctor Sánchez del Amo in charge of the team". Real Betis. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Desastre" [Disaster]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 17 August 2000. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Príncipes" [Princes]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 June 1998. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Victor Sanchez del Amo". Soccerbase. 15 March 2016. 

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