Rafael Martín Vázquez

Rafael Martín Vázquez (born 25 September 1965) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played mostly as an attacking midfielder.[1]

Rafael Martín Vázquez
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-09-25) 25 September 1965 (age 57)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1980–1983 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Castilla 14 (3)
1983–1990 Real Madrid 179 (35)
1990–1992 Torino 52 (2)
1992 Marseille 7 (1)
1992–1995 Real Madrid 73 (7)
1995–1997 Deportivo La Coruña 17 (2)
1997–1998 Celaya 10 (0)
1998 Karlsruher SC 5 (0)
Total 357 (50)
International career
1983–1984 Spain U18 10 (2)
1984–1988 Spain U21 15 (1)
1987 Spain U23 2 (1)
1984 Spain amateur 1 (0)
1987–1992 Spain 38 (1)
Managerial career
2018 Extremadura
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He represented most notably Real Madrid, having two different spells and amassing La Liga totals of 252 games and 42 goals for the club. He also played abroad in Italy, France, Mexico and Germany.

Martín Vázquez appeared for Spain at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988, winning nearly 40 caps.

Club careerEdit

Born in Madrid, Martín Vázquez joined the youth academy of Real Madrid in 1980 at the age of 15 and made his debut for the first team three years later, going on to achieve fame as part of the La Quinta del Buitre which still included Míchel, Emilio Butragueño, Miguel Pardeza and Manolo Sanchís.[2] In 1989–90, as Real achieved a club and La Liga record of 107 goals, he scored a career-best 14, second only in the squad to Hugo Sánchez's 38 successful strikes.[3]

After the arrival of Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, Martín Vázquez decided to accept the offer of Torino FC, but failed to settle in Italy during his two-season spell, although he did help the side reach the 1992 UEFA Cup Final. He then moved to Olympique de Marseille[4] but only lasted two months in France, after which a return to Real Madrid was arranged; in his two stints with the latter he won six leagues, two UEFA Cups and two Copa del Rey.

As injuries hit him, Martín Vázquez eventually retired from football at the end of 1998, after unassuming spells with Deportivo de La Coruña, Atlético Celaya – where he teamed up with Butragueño – and Karlsruher SC (German 2. Bundesliga). Afterwards, he worked with Real Madrid as a youth coach while also keeping fit with the club's veterans.[1]

International careerEdit

Martín Vázquez played 38 times for Spain, including at UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. His debut came on 23 September 1987, in a friendly against Luxembourg.[5]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 1991 Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain   Uruguay 1–0 2–1 Friendly[6]


Real Madrid


Spain U21



  1. ^ a b "Real Madrid biography" (in Spanish). Real Madrid. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. ^ "La Quinta entra en los 50" [The Cohort hits 50]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 23 March 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ "El Real Madrid iguala el récord histórico de 107 goles consguido [sic] por 'La Quinta del Buitre'" [Real Madrid equal historic record of 107 goals held by the 'Vulture's Cohort']. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 14 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  4. ^ "L'ère Bernard Tapie" [Bernard Tapie's era] (in French). Olympique Marseille. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  5. ^ Pla Díaz, Emilio (6 June 2002). "Rafael Martín Vázquez – International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  6. ^ Ortiz, Fabián (5 September 1991). "Tiempo de llorar, tiempo de soñar" [A time to cry, a time to dream]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  7. ^ Perearnau, Francesc (30 October 1986). "¡¡¡Campeones!!!" [Champions!!!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  8. ^ Pla Díaz, Emilio. "Spain – Footballer of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 August 2022.

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