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Hugo Sanchez

Hugo Sánchez Márquez, was a Mexican football striker, born in Mexico City on July 11, 1958. He is the son of Héctor Sánchez, who played for Asturias and Atlante.

In 1976, he signed as a youth player for UNAM, where he stayed until 1981. In the 1976-77 season, UNAM gained their first championship win in their history. Two years later, he became top-scorer in the Mexican league, with 26 goals. During his time at UNAM, he also played during the summer for San Diego Shockers

After five seasons with UNAM, with 99 goals to his name, he drew attention of Spanish sides, and signed for Atlético Madrid in 1981. It took him a while to find his feet in this competition, but by 1984-85 season he was scoring regularly with a team that got to the final of the Copa del Rey and second place in the Primera División.

At this stage, he reached the high-point of his career, signing for Real Madrid in 1985 and playing with players such as Camacho[?], Butragueño, Gordillo, Valdano and Míchel. This team won five consecutive league titles (from 1985-86 to 1989-90), the Copa del Rey in 1989, and the UEFA cup in 1986. During this time Sánchez gained four Pichichi trophies for maximum scorer in the league. In 1990, he scored 38 goals, equalling the record of the great Zarra. His trademark was to perform a celebratory somersault after each goal he scored.

After this fantastically successful period, he returned to his native Mexico for a season, before playing for a variety of clubs in Spain, Austria and the USA. He finished his career playing for Atletico de Celaya[?] with his old colleagues from Real Madrid, Butreagueño and Míchel.

His international career was not so successful. He played 50 matches for the Mexican national side, but it coincided with a difficult period for the nation's football team. He only scored one goal in the four world cups in which he competed.


  • UNAM (Mexico) (1975 - 1979)
  • San Diego Shockers (1979)
  • UNAM (Mexico) (1979 - 1980)
  • San Diego Shockers (1980)
  • UNAM (Mexico) (1980 - 1981)
  • Atletico Madrid (1981-1985)
  • Real Madrid (1985 - 1992)
  • America Mexico (1992-1993)
  • Rayo Vallecano (1993-1994)
  • Atlante Mexico (1994-1995)
  • Linz (1995-1996)
  • Dallas Burn (1996)
  • Atletico Celaya (1996-1997)

World Cups

  • 1978: 0 goals, 3 appearances
  • 1986: 1 goal, 4 appearances
  • 1994: 0 goals, 1 appearance
  • 1998: 0 goals, 2 appearances

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