Jesús Landáburu

Jesús 'Chus' Landáburu Sagüillo (born 24 January 1955) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Jesús Landáburu
Personal information
Full name Jesús Landáburu Sagüillo
Date of birth (1955-01-24) 24 January 1955 (age 65)
Place of birth Guardo, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Guardo
Colegio San José
Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1977 Valladolid 146 (35)
1977–1979 Rayo Vallecano 66 (13)
1979–1982 Barcelona 61 (13)
1982–1988 Atlético Madrid 205 (28)
Total 478 (89)
National team
1979 Spain amateur 3 (1)
1980 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Landáburu was born in Guardo, Province of Palencia. He made his professional debut at only 17 with Real Valladolid, quickly making an impression with the Segunda División club, his skills, field vision and set piece ability standing out alike.

Landáburu first appeared in La Liga with Madrid-based Rayo Vallecano, in the 1977–78 campaign. He contributed heavily to the modest team's maintenance of their top flight status during two seasons, after which he signed with league powerhouse FC Barcelona.[1]

Landáburu won his first piece of silverware with the Catalans in 1981, the Copa del Rey.[2] After two good seasons, he struggled immensely in his last as Barça hired a new coach, German Udo Lattek.

Landáburu moved subsequently to Atlético Madrid, being an automatic first-choice throughout six seasons (nearly 300 official appearances for the Colchoneros). At the end of 1987–88, however, mainly due to serious personal problems with elusive club chairman Jesús Gil,[3] he chose to retire at the age of 33; still an active player, he majored in physics.[1]

International careerEdit

Landáburu played once for Spain, the second half of a 23 January 1980 friendly with the Netherlands in Vigo (1–0 win).

HonoursEdit

Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

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