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1986 and 1990
“The Vulture”, Emilio Butragueño went on to become one of the most lethal strikers in the
Europe in the 1980s. He was a smart player and always seemed to be in the right place at
the right time scoring most of his goals from inside the penalty box. He was born in Madrid
and started playing for Real, the club he was about to serve for most of his career. Emilio
formed a deadly partnership with Mexican Hugo Sanchez during many successful seasons.
Butragueño scored a goal in his international debut for
Spain against Wales in October 1984, just months after Spain finished second in the
European Championship. He was a regular in the team by the 1986 World Cup in Mexico
as Spain looked like serious title contenders. They progressed rather easily from their first
round group and met Denmark in the second round, a replay of the semifinal at Euro 84.
Butragueño experienced one of his finest days as soccerplayer as he became the first man
since Eusebio in 1966 to score four goals in a World Cup match as Spain ran out 5-1
winners against one of the tournament favourites. A defeat to Belgium on penalties in the
following round ended Spain’s dream of a first World Cup title.
Emilio failed to show his real class in Italy four years later
and did not manage to score a single goal in the four games he played as Spain reached the second
round. He was then the new team captain and took more responsibility in the defensive work
and let Julio Salinas do the running up front. It was to be the last tournament he played for
Spain. At clublevel, Butragueño had much more success winning five straight league
championships with Real Madrid during the second half of the eighties. He left Real in 1995
for a career in Mexican soccer and retired a couple of years later.
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