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Rafael Gordillo

Rafael Gordillo
Personal information
Full name Rafael Gordillo Vázquez
Date of birth (1957-02-24) 24 February 1957
Place of birth Almendralejo, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Wingback
Youth career
1971–1972 San Pablo
1972–1975 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1976 Triana Balompié
1976–1985 Betis 275 (23)
1985–1992 Real Madrid 182 (20)
1992–1995 Betis 68 (8)
1995–1996 Écija 18 (1)
Total 543 (52)
National team
1977 Spain U21 1 (1)
1979 Spain U23 3 (0)
1979 Spain amateur 4 (0)
1978–1988 Spain 75 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Rafael Gordillo Vázquez (born 24 February 1957) is a Spanish retired footballer. A tremendously offensive left wingback, equally at ease as defender and midfielder and with a good effort rate, he had an unmistakable style of playing with his socks down.[1]

He represented with individual and team success Betis and Real Madrid, appearing in 428 La Liga games and scoring 38 goals over the course of 16 seasons. He won ten major titles with the latter club, including five national championships.

Gordillo was a mainstay for the Spanish national team in the 80's, appearing in nearly 80 matches and representing the nation in five international tournaments.


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
    • International goals 2.1
  • Post-retirement 3
  • Honours 4
    • Club 4.1
    • Country 4.2
    • Individual 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Born in Almendralejo, Province of Badajoz, Extremadura, Gordillo moved to Seville (from where his parents were originally) when he was just a few months old. He grew up in the Polígono de San Pablo neighbourhood, and signed with Real Betis in 1972 at the age of 15.[1] On 30 January 1977 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, against Burgos CF, and helped the Andalusians to the Copa del Rey in his first year.

After nine professional seasons with Betis – 12 in total, and another with the reserve side – being named the country's footballer of the year at the end of the 1979–80 season[2] and appearing in nearly 300 official matches, Gordillo moved to Real Madrid for 1985–86, winning the UEFA Cup in his debut campaign and scoring in the final against 1. FC Köln, and forming a dreaded left-wing partnership with José Antonio Camacho during four years, with Gordillo playing as a midfielder. In 1989's Spanish Cup, he scored the final's only goal against Real Valladolid.

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

In the following decade Gordillo returned to Betis, also in directorial capacities. On 13 December 2010, he was elected the club's president.[3]

International career

Gordillo earned 75 caps and scored three goals for Spain during one full decade, his debut coming on 29 March 1978 in a friendly 3–0 win over Norway, in Gijón.[4]

He went on to represent the country in two FIFA World Cups (1982 and 1986) and three UEFA European Championships (1980, 1984 and 1988, appearing in all the games but one in the second competition for an eventual runner-up finish).

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 May 1983 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard, Malta  Malta 2–3 2–3 Euro 1984 qualifying
2. 25 September 1985 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Iceland 2–1 2–1 1986 World Cup qualification
3. 11 June 1988 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany  Denmark 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 laSexta as a sports commentator, at the 2006 World Cup.



Real Madrid




  1. ^ a b Real Madrid biography; Real Madrid's website (Spanish)
  2. ^ Spain – Footballer of the Year; at RSSSF
  3. ^ Rafa Gordillo, nuevo presidente del Betis (Rafa Gordillo, new Betis president); Marca, 13 December 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Rafael Gordillo Vázquez – International Matches; at RSSSF

External links

  • Rafael Gordillo profile at BDFutbol
  • National team data (Spanish)
  • Betisweb stats and bio (Spanish)
  • Rafael Gordillo at
  • Rafael Gordillo – FIFA competition record
  • France Football's Football Player of the Century; at RSSSF
  • Official website (Spanish)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Best Spanish player
Succeeded by
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