Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo
|Full name||Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo|
|Date of birth||23 May 1965|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A part of the famous Quinta del Buitre which stemmed from the Real Madrid youth ranks, he was the only of its five members to play his entire career with the club. His father, Manuel Sanchís Martínez, also played for Real Madrid, and both were Spanish internationals.
A product of Real Madrid's prolific youth system, Madrid-born Sanchís made his debut with the first team on 4 December 1983, scoring the game's only goal at Real Murcia and finishing his debut season with a further 17 appearances (and two goals) for the main squad.
During the following 15 years, Sanchís only appeared in less than 30 matches in two, and was instrumental in the Merengues' several conquests, including six La Liga championships, two UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Cups. In the 1999–2000 campaign he featured sparingly, but still helped to the team's eighth European Cup, playing 11 minutes in the final against fellow Spanish side Valencia CF in a 3–0 win.
Sanchís retired in 2001 at the age of 36, having appeared in 710 overall games for his only club – 523 of those in the league – while also captaining it during 13 years.
After excelling with the Spanish under-21s, with which he won the 1986 UEFA European Championship, Sanchís made his senior debut on 12 November of that year in a UEFA Euro 1988 qualifier against Romania (1–0 win). He went on to earn 48 full caps, appearing at both Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Style of playEdit
He was a defender who stood out for his intelligence, interception, calmness, ability to be composed in defence, passing and great agility. He was a centre back who set a new standard within the Whites due to his quality as a footballer and his excellent professionalism. He was part of a generation of players that marked an era in Spanish football..
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Other||Total|
|1983–84||Real Madrid Castilla||Segunda División||10||2||0||0||–||–||–||10||2|
|1983–84||Real Madrid||La Liga||18||3||2||0||2||0||–||–||22||3|
- Real Madrid Castilla
- Real Madrid
- La Liga: 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01
- Copa del Rey: 1988–89, 1992–93
- Copa de la Liga: 1985
- Supercopa de España: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997
- UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000
- UEFA Cup: 1984–85, 1985–86
- Intercontinental Cup: 1998
- Don Balón Award – Spanish Footballer of the Year: 1989–90
- Sanchis: el último de la Quinta (Sanchís: last one from La Quinta); at Real Madrid Fans (in Spanish)
- Los Busquets hacen historia (The Busquets make history); Mundo Deportivo, 29 May 2009 (in Spanish)
- "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia". The Guardian. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- ¡¡¡Campeones!!! (Champions!!!); Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1986 (in Spanish)
- Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo at BDFutbol