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Rafael Gordillo Vázquez (born 24 February 1957 at Almendralejomarker, Badajozmarker, Extremaduramarker) is a former Spanishmarker footballer, best known for his Real Madrid stint. A tremendously offensive left defender with good effort, he had an unmistakable style of playing with his socks down.

Gordillo is currently the vice-president of Écija Balompié, which he also represented as a player.

Club career

Gordillo's parents were from Sevillemarker, and he moved there when he was just a few months old. He grew up in a famous neighborhood in the city called El Polígono de San Pablo where he started playing football in a kid's team, Unidad.

After nine professional seasons at Real Betis, being named the country's footballer of the year in 1979–80, Gordillo moved to Real Madrid in 1985–86, winning the UEFA Cup in his first season (scoring in the final) and forming a dreaded fullback partnership with José Antonio Camacho during four seasons. In 1988–89's Spanish cup, he scored the final's only goal against Real Valladolid.

In 1992, Gordillo returned to Betis, aged 35, helping the Andalusiansmarker return to the top flight in his second year and retiring, also in the second division, after one final season with neighbours Écija Balompié. With the latter, he also worked in the vice-president role.

International career

Gordillo earned 75 caps and scored three goals for the Spanish national team from 1978 to 1988, his debut coming on March 29, a friendly 3–0 win over Norway, in Gijón.

He went on to represent the country in two FIFA World Cups (1982 and 1986) and three European Championships (1980, 1984 (where Spain were runners-up) and 1988).

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 May 1983 Ta' Qali National Stadiummarker, Attardmarker, Maltamarker 2–3 2–3 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
2. 25 September 1985 Benito Villamarínmarker, Sevillemarker, Spainmarker 2–1 2–1 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 11 June 1988 Niedersachsenstadionmarker, Hanovermarker, Germanymarker 1–3 2–3 UEFA Euro 1988


Gordillo re-joined Betis for a third time, appearing for the side in the indoor football national league. He also worked briefly for La Sexta as a sports commentator, at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


Real Betis

Real Madrid

External links

  1. Spain - Footballer of the Year, at RSSSF

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