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Spanish 1992 Olympic Team
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I've read that on 8 August it's exactly fifteen years ago that Spain won that famous Golden Medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
The squad was led by Vicente Miera and Kubala, Solozábal was captain and the team reached the final unbeaten and without even leaking a goal. In the final against Poland, in front of 95.000 spectators at the Nou Camp, it was Kowalczyk who gave Poland the lead after 45 minutes. After the break, Abelardo and Kiko turned the match around. But Poland equalized again through defender Staniek. With extra-time now very close, it was Kiko who scored the winner after 90 minutes and 25 seconds in injury-time.
It’s nice to see what happened to all these players who were supposed to have excellent careers and were wanted by big clubs. Maybe also because there are some promises in Depor’s youth squad. So, what's possible after success in a Spanish youth team?
These were the players who were envolved in the final:
Antonio Jiménez Sistachs (21, Figueres)
After the tournament, ‘Toni’ went from little Mérida to Rayo Vallecano and in 1993 signed at Espanyol. There he stayed for six years when in 1999, after having rejected many offers from bigger clubs before, aged 28 he went to Atlético. But he wasn’t even their starting goalkeeper (that was Molina in a team with Capdevila, Valerón, Kiko and Juan López) when they went down that year to the Segunda. Two years later, in 2002, he signed at Elche but during the season 2002/2003 he returned to Espanyol where he stayed until 2004. Toni only played 3 matches with the Spanish first squad between 1998 and 1999.
Juan Manuel López Martínez (22, Atlético de Madrid)
Madrid-born defender Juan López played his whole career at Atlético de Madrid, where he was part of the team which won the ‘double’ in 1995/1996 (with colleagues like Molina, Solozabal, Pantic, Simeone, Caminero and Kiko) and was included in Spain’s Euro 1996 squad. He was an idol of the Atlético-crowd. But quickly after that period his best years already seemed over. Despite 32 matches that season, he was only player number thirteen considering playing minutes and player number fifteen during 1996/1997. After 1997 he would only play nine more Liga matches in the Primera División and in his final year at the highest level suffered relegation with Atlético (2000). In September 2001, ‘Superlópez’ said goodbye to being a professional player at the age of 32. Between 1992 and 1997 he played 11 matches with the Spanish first squad (and stayed unbeaten with them).
Abelardo Fernández Antuña (22, Sporting de Gijón)
Defender Abelardo has probably been of the most successful players of the 1992 generation. Between 1989 and 1994 in the city of his birth: Gijón. Between 1994 and 2002 he defender the colours of FC Barcelona and won two consecutive Liga titles in 1998 and 1999, two consecutive Copas (1997 and 1998) and two Supercopas (1995, 1997). In 1997 he won the Cup Winner’s Cup. His last season as professional player he spent at Deportivo Alavés (2002/2003). Abelardo already was a full Spanish international when the Olympics began and between 1991-2001 played 54 matches for Spain. He was present at two World Cups (1994,1998) and two European Championships (1996, 2000)
Roberto Solozábal Villanueva (22, Atlético de Madrid)
Like Juan López, defender Solozábal was an Atlético player when the 1992 Olympics were played and he also spent most of his career in the Spanish capital (1989-1997). During 1995/1996 only Molina had more playing minutes in this Liga winning-season. In 1997 he signed at Betis Sevilla, and went down with them in 2000. Between 1991 and 1993 he played 12 matches for Spain.
Albert Ferrer Llopis (22, FC Barcelona)
Right defender Ferrer had a perfect career compared to some of his 1992-colleagues. The season 1989/1990 he played at Tenerife and between 1990-1998 at Barcelona, winning an impressive total of 5 Liga titles. Between 1998 and 2003 he was part of the Chelsea squad, where aged 33 he said goodbye to football. He played a total of 36 matches for Spain and was present at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and 1992 European Championship. He missed the one of 1996 because of an injury.
Josep Guardiola Sala (21, FC Barcelona)
Together with Luis Enrique, ‘Pep’ Guardiola became a star player. Not much is needed to say about his years at Barcelona (1991-2001) where he won, among others, six Liga titles. He was their central playmaker and captain after Bakero left. In 1992 he was already voted as Biggest Talent of Europe. Between 2001 and 2003 he played at Brescia and AS Roma before ending up in Qatar at Al Ahly (2003-2005). He finished his career in 2006 in Mexico at Dorados de Sinaloa. Guardiola played a total of 36 matches for Spain (1992-2000) but had to miss the World Cups in 1998 and 2002 and the European Championship of 1996 because of injuries. He was present in 1994 (World Cup) and 2000 (European Championship).
Francisco 'Kiko' Narváez Mochón (20, Cádiz)
Rafael Berges Martín (21, Tenerife)
Tenerife (1991-1993) and Celta (1993-1999)
Mikel Lasa Goicoechea (20, Real Madrid)
Real Sociedad (1988-1991), Real Madrid (1991-1997) and Bilbao (1997-2001)
Luis Enrique García Martínez (22, Real Madrid)
Sporting de Gijón (1989-1991), Real Madrid (1991-1996), Barcelona (1996-2004)
Alfonso Pérez Muñoz (21, Real Madrid)
Real Madrid (1990-1995), Betis Sevilla (1995-2000), Barcelona (2000-2002), Betis Sevilla (2002-2005)
Sub: José Emilio Amavisca Gárate (21, Valladolid/Lleida)
Valladolid (1989-1991), Lleida (1991-1992), Valladolid (1992-1994), Real Madrid (1994-1998), Racing de Santander (1998-2001), Deportivo (2001-2004), Espanyol (2004-2005)
These were the other squad players:
José Santiago Cañizares Ruiz (22, Mérida)
Celta de Vigo (1992-1994), Real Madrid (1994-1998), Valencia (1998-now)
Miguel Hernández Sánchez (22, Rayo Vallecano)
Played at Rayo Vallecano (1992-1994) and (unsuccesfully) at Espanyol (1994-1996)
Javier Manjarín Pereda (22, Sporting Gijón)
Sporting de Gijón (1989-1993), Deportivo (1993-1999), Racing Santander (1999-2001)
Antonio Pinilla Miranda (21, Mallorca)
Barcelona (1989-1991), Mallorca (1991-1992), Albacete (1992-1993), Tenerife (1993-2000), Salamanca (2000-2001) Gimnástic (2001-now)
Francisco 'Chichi' Soler Atencia (22, Mallorca)
Real Mallorca (1990-2003)
Francisco Veza Fragoso 'Paqui' (21, Tenerife)
Tenerife (1990-1995), Zaragoza (1995-1996), Hercules (1996-1997), Las Palmas (2000-2002), Osasuna (2002-2003)
Gabriel Vidal Nova (22, Mallorca)
Mallorca (1989-1996), Leganés (1996-1998), Getafe, Ciudad de Murcia, Granada
Only three years (67 matches) at the highest level (1989-1992)
David Villabona Echalecue (22, Real Sociedad)
Real Sociedad (1986-1990), Bilbao (1990-1993), Racing Santander (1993-2000)
Last edited by Leon : 18-05-2007 at 10:28.
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They really could've went on to win the '94 World Cup but were robbed!
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Wow.. I remember those Olympics... memories!
Ferrer, Kiko, Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Canizares... some good players there!
Paul's right.. we were robbed, and should have beat the Italians.. but I doubt we would have beaten Brazil.. I think they were destined to win with players like Dunga, Mauro Silva, Bebeto and Romario....
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