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Hugo Sánchez

Hugo Sánchez Márquez (born July 11, 1958) is a Mexican football coach and former striker, and the current coach of the Mexico national football team.

One of the world's most prolific scorers of his era, Sánchez played twelve seasons in the Spanish Primera División, and is the second highest goalscorer in the history of that league. He also played for the Mexico national team for 17 years and participated in the World Cups of 1978, 1986, and 1994.

After winning two championships as head coach of the club UNAM Pumas and briefly with Necaxa, both teams in the Mexican first division, Sánchez was named head coach of the Mexican national team, aimed to reach the World Cup 2010.

In 1999, he was voted the 26th best footballer of the 20th Century, and the best footballer from the North America, Central America, and the Caribbean area by the IFFHS.[1]

 

Hugo Sanchez and his famous windmill kick

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Beginnings

Sánchez was born in Mexico City. As a teenager, Sánchez played for the Mexico national football team in the 1975 Pan-American Games and the next year in the 1976 Summer Olympics. At the age of 18 and having already played over 80 international games, Sánchez signed as a youth player for UNAM Pumas, a professional team representative of Mexico's National University, where he completed a degree in Dentistry while keeping up his football career. That year, UNAM managed to get its first championship in the Mexican Football League, and just two years later, he became top-scorer in the league, with 20 goals. In 1979, UNAM entered into an agreement with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League (NASL) to exchange players during the off seasons. The NASL played during the summer and the Mexican League played during the fall, winter and spring. UNAM loaned Sanchez to the Sockers in both 1979 and 1980 where he became a dominant striker for the Sockers, averaging nearly a goal a game.

Personal information
Full name Hugo Sánchez Márquez
Date of birth July 11, 1958 (age 48)
Place of birth    Mexico City, Mexico
Height 175 cm
Nickname Hugol
Pentapichichi
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Mexico national team
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1976-1981
1979-1980
1981-1985
1985-1992
1992-1993
1993-1994
1996-1996
1996-1996
UNAM Pumas
→ San Diego Sockers (loan)
Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid
América
CF Atlante
Dallas Burn
Atlético Celaya
 ? (99)
32 (29)
111 (54)
207 (164)
? (?)
29 (16)
23 (6)
12 (2)   
National team2
1977-1994 Mexico 60 (29)
Teams managed
2000-2006
2006-2006
2006-present
UNAM Pumas
Necaxa
Mexico
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of June 9, 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 9, 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Sánchez' five seasons with UNAM were the team's golden years. In his last season with the team, Hugo again became the top-scorer in a tie with his teammate Cabinho and UNAM won not only its second championship, but also the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Career in Spain

After five successful seasons in Mexico, with 99 goals to his name, Sánchez drew the attention of several Spanish sides, and signed with Atlético Madrid in 1981. Also noteworthy is the fact that he turned down an offer to play for Arsenal FC, a prominent English soccer team that had offered him a position. Sánchez cited language and cultural challenges that would come with playing in England as his reasons for opting for Spain. To his chagrin, playing in Spain presented the very cultural challenges he feared with regard to England. He acknowledges that his first seasons in Spain were difficult, as spectators often taunted him with racial slurs on account of his Mexican nationality, which entailed his indigenous ancestry. 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. 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 those five years, Sánchez garnered four consecutive Pichichi trophies, scoring 207 goals in 283 games. He scored 27 or more goals in four consecutive seasons between 1986 and 1990, including 38 goals in the 1989-90 season, tying the single-season record set in 1951 by Telmo Zarra and earning the European Golden Boot award to the best scorer in Europe. He scored 23 goals in 45 European Cup games overall.

After this successful period, Sánchez 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.

International career

Despite huge domestic success, Sánchez did not have a similarly successful international career. He played 60 matches and scored 29 goals for the Mexican national team, but his years as a Mexican international coincided with a difficult period for the nation's football. Mexico did not participate in the World Cups of 1982 and 1990, in which Sánchez would have most likely been part of the Mexican squad, since he was at the highest peak of his career. He scored one goal in eight presentations in the three World Cups in which he competed and was never selected to the "Best XI" World Cup squads. Sánchez' brash personality is often cited as the reason why he did not play in the 1994 World Cup, purportedly as a result of internecine frictions between Hugo and the Mexican Football Federation ("FMF").

Retirement

Sánchez retired from spanish 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 him scoring a hat trick. The last time he touched the ball on an official game was on the first game of the 1998 world cup preliminaries where he just touched the ball as a symbolism of his retirement.

Legacy

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. He is also famous for his many acrobatic goals, many of which involved his trademark windmill kick, a product of his own early training in gymnastics. To date, he has been the most successful Mexican soccer player to have played in Europe, in terms of years played, goalscoring, and achievements.

Sánchez has been nicknamed "Niño de Oro" ("golden boy"), "Hugol" and "Pentapichichi" (for his 5 Pichichi trophies). For many Mexicans, he is a symbol of national pride on account of his accomplishments. Sánchez' life has also generated plenty of anecdotes. One such anecdote involves an instance when Sánchez was an infant, and while being carried by his father, the older Sánchez proclaimed to a friend that "this boy will go on to become the greatest Mexican football player of all time." While factually questionable, such stories serve to further the ex-soccer player's significance as a cultural icon.

Coaching career

Sánchez won two championships as head coach of the club UNAM Pumas, and briefly managed Necaxa, both teams in the Mexican first division. In 2006, Sánchez was named head coach of the Mexico national team, and is in charge of leading Mexico through the qualification process for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

During his coaching career especially, Sánchez has been known for his volatile temperament and willingness to speak candidly, often expressing strong emotions and opinions, a trait that engenders equally emotional and strong responses from those he criticizes. A case in point is the long-standing feud between him and former Mexican National Coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, current coach for Argentina's Velez Sarsfield. Often, when asked their views toward him, Mexicans generally assert they are "Hugistas" (supporters of Hugo) or "anti-Hugistas" (anti-Hugo).

Hugo Sanchez recorded his first victory as the Heach Coach of the Mexican National Team against Venezuela (3-1) in front of 67,000 "Tri" fans in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. Hugo's first game in Mexico took place against Paraguay in Monterrey, Mexico on March 25,2007. Mexico won 2-1. A few days later on March 28,2007, Mexico defeated Ecuador 4-2 in Oakland, California at McAfee Coliseum.

Honours

Sánchez was the only Mexican who appreared in Pelé's 125 Top Living Football Players List in March 2004. He is also listed as a playable character in videogame FIFA 2006 in the Classic XI team, alongside legends Franz Beckenbauer, Eric Cantona, Gheorghe Hagi and Zico.

Hugo has been appointed by FIFA as "World Ambassador" by Unicef.

Personal life

Sánchez is the son of Héctor Sánchez, who played for Asturias and Atlante. Hugo Sánchez is married to Isabel Martín and has two daughters, a son and an older daughter from his previous marriage.

References

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. IFFHS' Century Elections. RSSSF. Retrieved on 2006 December 17.

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