Héctor Rial

José Héctor Rial Laguía (14 October 1928 – 24 February 1991) was an Argentine footballer who played as a forward for Real Madrid between 1954 and 1961, and was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups. He played professional football in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Chile. He was born and raised in Argentina, but represented the Spain national team on five occasions.

Héctor Rial
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Personal information
Full name José Héctor Rial Laguía
Date of birth (1928-10-14)14 October 1928
Place of birth Pergamino, Argentina
Date of death 24 February 1991(1991-02-24) (aged 62)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 San Lorenzo 40 (20)
1949–1951 Independiente Santa Fe 54 (26)
1952–1954 Nacional 51 (20)
1954–1961 Real Madrid 113 (60)
1961Unión Española (loan) 15 (1)
1961–1962 Espanyol 6 (1)
1962–1963 Marseille 16 (0)
National team
1955–1958 Spain 5 (1)
Teams managed
1965 Pontevedra
1966 Mallorca
1969–1970 Real Zaragoza
1970–1971 Las Palmas
1971–1972 Spain Olympic
1975 Chivas
1976 Deportivo La Coruña
1978 Estudiantes
1980 Elche
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 29 December 2006
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of December 2006

Rial started playing professional football in 1947 with San Lorenzo de Almagro in the Primera Division Argentina. In July 1949, he moved to Colombia to play for Independiente Santa Fe.[1] After two seasons with the club, he moved to Uruguay to join Nacional where he was part of the Primera División Uruguayachampionship-winning side of 1952.

In 1954 Rial joined Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he played for seven years, amassing ten major titles with the team. In his last season playing for the club, mostly as a substitute, he was loaned to play for Unión Española in Chile for five months.

In 1961, Rial left Madrid to join Espanyol in Barcelona, but he left the club after a disappointing season, where the club finished 13th of the 16 teams in La Liga.

Rial's final season was the 1962-63 campaign with the French club Olympique de Marseille, which finished at the bottom of the league, and he retired at the end of the season.



Real Madrid

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International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 May 1955 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   England 1–1 Draw Friendly
Correct as of 7 October 2015[2]

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