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Enrique "Quique" Álvarez Costas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkike ˈkostas]; born 16 January 1947) is a Spanish retired football defender and coach.

Quique Costas
Personal information
Full name Enrique Álvarez Costas
Date of birth (1947-01-16) 16 January 1947 (age 72)
Place of birth Vigo, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1971 Celta 169 (11)
1971–1980 Barcelona 170 (3)
Total 339 (14)
National team
1965–1967 Spain amateur 5 (1)
1970–1975 Spain 13 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1989 Barcelona C
1989–1996 Barcelona B
2001–2003 Barcelona B
2005–2007 Barcelona B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played 229 La Liga matches over the course of 11 seasons (nine goals), in representation of Celta and Barcelona.

Costas began a lengthy managerial career in the 90s, mainly being in charge of Barcelona B.


Club careerEdit

Born in Vigo, Galicia, Costas began his professional career with local RC Celta de Vigo in 1965. He played 26 second division games in his first season, including both legs of the La Liga playoff promotion against CE Sabadell FC.[1]

After solid performances in the 1970–71 campaign, Costas moved to league powerhouse FC Barcelona after 170 overall appearances. Almost never an undisputed starter he was still used regularly, and helped the Catalans to the 1979 conquest of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in his penultimate year.[2]

Costas took up coaching afterwards, eventually managing Barcelona's B-side on three occasions.[3][4][5] On one of them he coincided with his son Quique Álvarez, a La Masia youth product and also a defender, who went on to play with success for Villarreal CF; he had another son, Óscar, who occupied the same position and competed mainly in the second and third levels.[6]

International careerEdit

Costas earned 13 caps for Spain, during a five-year period. His debut came on 11 February 1970, in a 2–0 friendly win with West Germany (90 minutes played).

Costas was not selected, however, for any major international tournament, as the country did not manage to reach any during that timeframe.



  1. ^ "Quique Costas" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. ^ "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA. 1 June 1979. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Quique Costas opina que es una eliminatoria abierta" [Quique Costas thinks tie is up for grabs]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 7 March 2001. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ "El técnico del Barça B, Quique Costas, destaca el buen fútbol que hace el Huesca" [Barça B coach, Quique Costas, highlights good football played by Huesca] (in Spanish). Radio Huesca. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Un día con un sabor especial" [A day with a special taste]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 25 November 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. ^ ""Quique" Álvarez Sanjuán" (in Spanish). Mitos Futbolísticos. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2014.

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