Gordillo in 2011
|Full name||Rafael Gordillo Vázquez|
|Date of birth||24 February 1957|
|Place of birth||Almendralejo, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Rafael Gordillo Vázquez (born 24 February 1957) is a Spanish retired footballer. A tremendously attacking 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.
He represented Betis and Real Madrid with individual and team success, appearing in 428 La Liga games and scoring 38 goals over 16 seasons. He won ten major titles with the latter club, including five national championships.
Gordillo was a mainstay for the Spain national team in the 80s, appearing in nearly 80 matches and representing the nation in five international tournaments.
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. 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 1979-80 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 the former 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 them 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 as director of football.
Gordillo 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 matches but one in the second competition for an eventual runner-up finish).
|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|