Míchel (footballer)

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José Miguel González Martín del Campo, aka Míchel (born 23 March 1963 in Madrid), is a retired Spanish footballer, who played as a right midfielder.

He was most noted for his stellar crossing ability, also contributing with a fair share of goals.[1] During his career, he mainly represented Real Madrid - over a decade - achieving great team and individual success, and subsequently becoming a coach.


Club career

The son of a footballer who had to retire from the game at 27 after a road accident, Míchel joined Real Madrid at the age of thirteen,[2] his technique and physicality on the pitch quickly standing out,[1] and he moved quickly through the ranks to the first team, appearing - and scoring - once in 1981–82 (at CD Castellón, on 11 April 1982).

A member of the renowned Quinta del Buitre, which also featured Emilio Butragueño, Miguel Pardeza, Rafael Martín Vázquez and Manuel Sanchís,[2] Míchel never played less than 31 first division contest from 1985–94. After helping Castilla CF to the second division title, he was instrumental in the capital side's conquests, which included six leagues and two consecutive UEFA Cups (he opened the score in the 1985 edition, against Videoton FC[2]).

In 1989, Míchel announced he would leave Real Madrid after having signed with an Italian side. This never came to pass and he ended up staying until 1996. In his penultimate season, he suffered a severe knee injury which rendered him unavailable for most of the successful 1994–95 league campaign,[2] but still bounced back for a final solid season, after which he left for Atlético Celaya in Mexico, where Butragueño was also playing, shortly after the arrival at Madrid of president Lorenzo Sanz. He retired from football in 1997.[1]

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