Santillana (footballer)

Carlos Alonso González (born 23 August 1952), known as Santillana, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a striker.

Santillana
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Personal information
Full name Carlos Alonso González
Date of birth (1952-08-23) 23 August 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Santillana del Mar, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Satélite
1966–1970 Barreda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Racing Santander 35 (16)
1971–1988 Real Madrid 461 (186)
Total 496 (202)
National team
1970 Spain U18 1 (0)
1971 Spain U23 1 (0)
1971–1976 Spain amateur 6 (3)
1981 Spain B 1 (1)
1975–1985 Spain 56 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Best known for his Real Madrid spell, which consisted of 17 La Liga seasons and 643 competitive matches, he was known for his stellar heading ability despite not reaching 1.80m, courtesy of his elevation, and was widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of Spanish football.[1][2][3]

The recipient of more than 50 caps for Spain, Santillana represented the nation in two World Cups and as many European Championships.

Club careerEdit

Born in Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Santillana (nickname taken from birthplace) started playing professionally with local Racing de Santander, moving to Real Madrid and La Liga in 1971 alongside teammate Francisco Aguilar,[4] aged just 19, and proceeding to score ten goals in 34 games in his debut season as the team were crowned league champions.

In total, Santillana won nine league trophies, adding four Copa del Rey trophies and back-to-back UEFA Cups and scoring in both of the latter competition's finals. He played 778 first-team matches – a record which stood until Manolo Sanchís surpassed him during the 1997–98 campaign – in which he netted 352 goals; the eighth-highest top scorer of all-time in the Spanish first division, with 186 goals in 461 appearances, he never won the Pichichi Trophy, however.[5]

After just 12 league appearances in 1987–88, in which he scored four times, Santillana retired from football aged almost 36, finding the net in a 2–1 home win against Real Valladolid. Madrid conquered three titles in a row in his final three seasons.

International careerEdit

Santillana played 56 times and scored 15 goals for the Spanish national team, his debut being on 17 April 1975 in a 1–1 draw to Romania for the UEFA Euro 1976 qualifiers held in Madrid. He represented his country in the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cups, as well as three European Championships: 1976, reaching the quarter-finals, 1980, failing to advance to the second round, and 1984 which ended with a runner-up finish to hosts France, with the player coming close to scoring the opener on a header saved just off the line by Luis Fernández, of Spanish origin.[6][7]

On 21 December 1983, during a European Championship qualifying match against Malta that had to be won by 11 goals in order to qualify, Santillana scored a hat-trick in the first half and added a fourth in the second period, as the national side qualified at the expense of the Netherlands – incidentally, his former understudy at Real Madrid, Hipólito Rincón (now at Real Betis), also netted four times in a 12–1 victory.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[9][10]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing Santander 1970–71 35 16 1 0 0 0 36 16
Total 35 16 1 0 0 0 36 16
Real Madrid 1971–72 34 10 6 3 4 2 44 15
1972–73 29 10 0 0 6 5 35 15
1973–74 18 3 6 6 0 0 24 9
1974–75 32 17 7 3 4 3 43 23
1975–76 30 12 2 1 7 5 39 18
1976–77 30 12 2 0 4 1 36 13
1977–78 34 24 6 4 0 0 40 28
1978–79 33 18 11 6 4 2 48 26
1979–80 33 23 6 3 8 3 47 29
1980–81 31 13 4 1 8 3 43 17
1981–82 20 9 3 0 5 2 28 11
1982–83 27 9 12 13 9 8 48 30
1983–84 31 13 8 3 2 1 41 17
1984–85 22 4 7 3 8 5 37 12
1985–86 27 4 8 5 9 5 44 14
1986–87 18 1 2 1 5 2 25 4
1987–88 12 4 7 4 4 0 23 8
Total 461 186 97 56 87 47 645 289
Career total 496 202 98 56 87 47 681 305

International goalsEdit

[6]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 1975 23 August, Bucharest, Romania   Romania 0–2 2–2 Euro 1976 qualifying
2. 24 April 1976 Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain   West Germany 1–0 1–1 Euro 1976 qualifying
3. 4 October 1978 Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia   Yugoslavia 0–2 1–2 Euro 1980 qualifying
4. 13 December 1978 El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain   Cyprus 3–0 5–0 Euro 1980 qualifying
5. 13 December 1978 El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain   Cyprus 5–0 5–0 Euro 1980 qualifying
6. 9 December 1979 Tsirion, Limassol, Cyprus   Cyprus 0–2 1–3 Euro 1980 qualifying
7. 27 April 1983 La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain   Republic of Ireland 1–0 2–0 Euro 1984 qualifying
8. 16 November 1983 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands   Netherlands 1–1 2–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
9. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain   Malta 1–0 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
10. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain   Malta 2–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
11. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain   Malta 3–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
12. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain   Malta 9–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
13. 11 April 1984 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain   Denmark 1–1 2–1 Friendly
14. 26 May 1984 Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland    Switzerland 0–1 0–4 Friendly
15. 17 June 1984 Vélodrome, Marseille, France   Portugal 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1984

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Real Madrid

InternationalEdit

Spain

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Real Madrid biography Archived 11 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Santillana, la mejor cabeza del mundo (Santillana, best head the world); Diario AS, 20 May 2016 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Zara, Furio (15 May 2018). "Pavoletti e i grandi specialisti di testa dell'Italia e del mondo" [Pavoletti and the great heading specialists in Italy and the world] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Fallece Ico Aguilar, jugador cántabro del Real Madrid en la década de los setenta" [Death of Ico Aguilar, Cantabrian player of Real Madrid in the 70s] (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  5. ^ Raúl iguala a Santillana con 186 goles en Liga (Raúl equals Santillana with 186 goals in League); Diario AS, 17 May 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ a b Carlos Alonso González, ‘Santillana’ – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
  7. ^ 1984: Los ‘bleus’ se coronan tras el error de Arconada (1984: ‘Bleus’ crowned after Arconada's mistake); Mundo Deportivo, 13 April 2016 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ España, con 12 goles a Malta, alcanzó la fase final de la Eurocopa. (Spain, with 12 goals to Malta, reached European Championship finals.); El País, 22 December 1983 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Santillana at BDFutbol
  10. ^ "Santillana » Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 27 December 2016.

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