Quini in 1983
|Full name||Enrique Castro González|
|Date of birth||23 September 1949|
|Place of birth||Oviedo, Spain|
|Date of death||27 February 2018(aged 68)|
|Place of death||Gijón, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
In a career totally connected with Sporting de Gijón and FC Barcelona, he was widely regarded as one of the country's best strikers, having won a total of seven Pichichi Trophy awards, five of those in La Liga.
Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Quini joined local Real Oviedo's neighbours Sporting de Gijón in 1968, from amateurs CD Ensidesa. In his first season in La Liga, 1970-71, he scored 13 goals in 30 games and, during the following nine years, only netted once in single digits and won three Pichichi, one in Segunda División; ironically, in the year in which he won his second, Sporting were relegated, the player's 21 goals being insufficient to avoid last place.
In summer 1980, Quini signed with FC Barcelona, who had already tried to sign the player after Sporting's relegation. In his first two years he scored a combined 47 league goals, good enough for two more individual accolades. He also helped the Catalans to the 1981 Copa del Rey, netting twice to put away his beloved Sporting in a 3-1 win in the final; additionally, in the 1981-82 European Cup Winners' Cup, he helped Barça come from behind to beat Belgium's Standard Liège 2-1 as the decisive match was held at the Camp Nou.
In his final two years, Quini appeared infrequently with Barcelona (but scored the club's 3,000th goal in the league, in a home match against CD Castellón), and chose to retire in 1984 at age 35, even being awarded a testimonial match - however, he reconsidered and eventually returned to former side Sporting for three more years in the top flight, being sparingly used. On 14 June 1987 he played his last match, against Barcelona, and he totalled 448 games and 219 goals in the first division alone (fifth all-time); in the following decades, he continued to serve Sporting in several directorial capacities.
On 1 March 1981, after scoring twice for Barcelona in a 6-0 home victory over Hércules CF, Quini was kidnapped by two men at gunpoint, being forced into a van. After many developments and 25 days - during this time, Barcelona could only amass one draw in four games, eventually losing the title race - he was rescued unharmed, upon cooperation between the Spanish and Swiss law enforcement agencies.
It was subsequently speculated that Quini developed Stockholm syndrome, since he decided not to press charges against his kidnappers and never claimed his personal damages award of 5 million pesetas.
With a total of 35 caps and eight goals, Quini participated in two FIFA World Cups, 1978 and 1982, as well as UEFA Euro 1980. In all those competitions combined, he could only find the net once (Euro '80), and the nation suffered a 1-2 loss against Belgium.
On 27 February 2018, Quini died at the age of 68 after suffering a heart attack. Just one day later, the City Council of Gijón agreed unanimously to rename El Molinón stadium as Estadio El Molinón-Enrique Castro "Quini" in his memory.
About 14,000 people attended Quini's funeral at his main club's homeground.
|1.||28 October 1970||La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain||Greece||2-0||2-1||Friendly|
|2.||20 November 1974||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||1-1||1-2||Euro 1976 qualifying|
|3.||20 November 1974||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||1-2||1-2||Euro 1976 qualifying|
|4.||29 March 1978||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Norway||1-0||3-0||Friendly|
|5.||26 April 1978||Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain||Mexico||1-0||2-0||Friendly|
|6.||16 April 1980||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Czechoslovakia||2-2||2-2||Friendly|
|7.||15 June 1980||Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy||Belgium||1-1||2-1||UEFA Euro 1980|
|8.||24 February 1982||Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain||Scotland||2-0||3-0||Friendly|