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Hugo Sanchez

Hugo Sanchez
Complete Name: Hugo Sánchez Márquez
Nationality: Mexican
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Date of Birth: 11 June 1958
Height: ??? cm
Weight: ?? kg
National Team: Mexico
Current Club: Retired
Position: Striker


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Club career history

UNAM (Mexico), San Diego Sockers (USA), UNAM (Mexico), San Diego Sockers (USA), UNAM (Mexico), Atletico de Madrid (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain), America (Mexico), Rayo Vallecano (Spain), Atlante (Mexico), Linz (Austria), Dallas Burn (USA), Atletico Celaya (Mexico)


Spanish league with Real Madrid


Hugo Sánchez Márquez (born July 11, 1958 in Mexico City) is a former football (soccer) striker, considered the best Mexican player ever.
Despite huge domestic success, Sanchez did not have a similarly successful international career. He played 60 matches and scored 29 goals for the Mexican national team, but it coincided with a difficult period for the nation's football team. Mexico didn't participate in two World Cups that could have been very important for Hugo. He only scored one goal in the three World Cups in which he competed and was never elected to the Ideal World Cup squads.

Hugo retired from football on May 29, 1997, playing with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium - the stadium that witnessed most of his glory throughout his career - in a match against Paris St. Germain with a result of 4-1 in favor of the Real Madrid with Hugo scoring three goals.

After four seasons coaching the UNAM Pumas, the team that saw his birth as a soccer player, Hugo Sanchez obtained the Clausura 2004 Tournament of the Mexican League, defeating the Chivas of Guadalajara in the final match.

He has expressed a desire to coach Real Madrid, the club where he starred for much of his career, and also one of the best, richest and most famous teams in the world.

On September 1, 2004, Sánchez reached another milestone as a coach driving his soccer team, UNAM Pumas, to beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in the Spanish capital city.

Later that year, Hugo became the first coach to win two consecutive titles in Mexico's relatively new short season format ("Torneos cortos"), beating the Monterrey Rayados in the league championship series.

In 2002, after Javier Aguirre resigned as Mexico's national team coach, Hugo voiced his candidacy to coach the team, but members of Mexico's soccer federation saw Hugo as too inexperienced at the time (he had not won any sort of championship or had major success as a coach at that moment) and eventually hired former Argentine goalkeeper (member of Argentina's 1978 World Cup champion squad) and seasoned coach Ricardo Lavolpe as Aguirre's replacement. La Volpe and Sánchez have been embroiled in a war of words since then, with Hugo expressing his obvious discontent of being shunned for the coaching job.

He was dismissed from UNAM Pumas on November 1, 2005 after a dismal year season. The scene was quite awful as fans hurled debris at him as he left the cancha (field) in his last game coaching Pumas.

Hugo Sánchez in Real Madrid

After five successful seasons in Mexico, with 99 goals to his name, Sanchez drew the attention of several Spanish sides, and signed with Atletico de Madrid in 1981. It took him a while to find his feet in La Liga, but by the 1984-85 season he was scoring regularly with a team that won the Copa del Rey, finished in second place in the Spanish League and won the Spanish Super Copa. That year Hugo also won his first Pichichi trophy for being the most prolific scorer in the league.

At this point, he reached the high-point of his career, signing for Real Madrid in 1985 and playing with players such as Camacho, Butragueño, Gordillo, Valdano and Míchel ( La quinta del Buitre). This team won five consecutive league titles (from 1985-86 to 1989-90), the Copa del Rey in 1989, and the UEFA Cup in 1986. During these five years, Sánchez garnered four consecutive Pichichi trophies, scoring 207 goals in 283 games.

Sanchez scored 38 goals in the 1989-90, tying the record of the great Zarra and giving him a European Golden Boot for best scorer in Europe. Overall, he scored 23 goals in 45 European Cup games.

His trademark was to perform a celebratory somersault after each goal he scored, honouring his sister, who was a gymnast and participated in the Montreal Olympics.

After this fantastically successful period, Sanchez returned to his native Mexico for a season, before playing for a variety of clubs in Spain, Austria and the USA (he played for the Dallas Burn in the inaugural year of Major League Soccer). He finished his career playing for Atlético Celaya with his old colleagues from Real Madrid, Butragueño and Míchel.

Sanchez was the only Mexican to feature in Pele's 125 Top Living Football Players List in March 2004.


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