Why I Love This Club:
If you haven’t heard about it, our infamous right back and long time servant of the club took part in the last minutes of the Charity game that was played today. This was not planned at all, but rather spontaneous as Chendo explained. For those of you who don’t know who Chendo is, I would write a forever Blanco series on him, but I don’t have the time. So instead, i will leave you with what Wikipedia has to say about our legend:
Born in Totana, Region of Murcia, Chendo played for Real Madrid during seventeen professional seasons, winning seven La Liga titles (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995 and 1997), two Spanish Cups (1989 and 1993), one UEFA Champions League (1998) and back-to-back UEFA Cups (1985 and 1986).
He arrived in Real Madrid at the age of fifteen, and was part of their junior ranks for five years, having made his debuts for the first team on 11 April 1982, in a 2–1 win at CD Castellón. The following season, he would appear in two further league games.
At the beginning of the 1983–84 season, Juan José dominated the right-back position, starting five out of the first six games; injuries then struck him, after which Chendo was given the starting spot. As Juan José returned to the first team, Chendo returned to the bench, but finished the season again as first-choice, appearing in 26 matches overall.
In his fourth season, Chendo became the starter, playing in 25 league matches and 11 European competition games. At the end of the season, Real Madrid won the 1984–85 UEFA Cupagainst Hungarian club Videoton FC by a 3–1 aggregate score, though losing the second leg at the Bernabéu 0–1, as well as the Spanish League Cup (4–3 aggregate win over Atlético de Madrid), with Chendo starting both finals. In the league, the team finished fifth, 17 points behind champions FC Barcelona.
For the next eight years, Chendo was the undisputed first-choice, starting in 297 matches out of a possible 320, while an integral part of a squad that collected five straight league titles. From 1992–95, however, he would only amass 34 league appearances, being only third-choice, losing his place to the likes of Nando, the reconverted Luis Enrique, Paco Llorente orJesús Velasco; in the following seasons, more of the same, as he played second-fiddle to Quique Sánchez Flores, Carlos Secretário and Christian Panucci (although he did appear in 23 league contests in the 1995–96 season, as Real stumbled to a final sixth place). He served more as a moral support and bench captain (like Manuel Sanchís later), subbing rarely and starting even more rarely.
After Real Madrid lifted its seventh European Cup against Juventus FC, on 20 May 1998 (he did not play in the decisive match), Chendo retired from professional football, aged almost 37. He immediately started working with the club as a match delegate, occupying that position for well over a decade.”
It is moments like these that warm my heart. Serving one institution for 35+ years is nothing short of remarkable, and what happened in that game was nothing short of heart warming. Especially since it was instigated by MouMou! And the amount of charity events that the lads have been to in the last week is nothing short of CLASS!
Hala Madrid! Hala Chendo! Vamos Lorca!