Spanish powerhouse Quini, whose abduction Barcelona ever, the title took, died

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Quini (bottom center) at FC Barcelona in 1981.

The Spanish ex-international Enrique Castro, alias ‘Quini’, is Tuesday at Gijon died of a heart attack. Reported that Spanish media and was confirmed by his ex-clubs in Gijon and FC Barcelona. The powerhouse was 68 years.

Quini, who was born in 1949, started and ended his career at Gijon (1968-1980 and 1984-1987). In between, shone he in Barcelona (1980-1984).

Five times he was top scorer in the Primera Division (1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982). With Barcelona won Quini two times, the Copa del Rey (1981, 1983), the Spanish Super Cup (1983), League Cup (1983) and in 1982, the Cup winners ‘ cup.

That last happened in a final against Standard Liege. After Guy Vandersmissen Standard at Camp Nou in the 8th minute, the lead had brought, and Allan Simonsen in the injury time of the first half, the second half scored, was the Quini in the 63rd minute for the 2-1 final score was registered.

With Spain took Quini part in the world CHAMPIONSHIPS of 1978 and 1982 and the european CHAMPIONSHIP of 1980. He played 35 matches for his country and scored eight times.

Kidnapped, but no complaint

On march 1, 1981, Quini was kidnapped after a match against Hercules Alicante (6-0), in which he twice scored. After he and his car to Camp Nou left, he was by two armed men raided. The criminals demanded a ransom of one hundred million pesetas. Only 25 days after his kidnapping was Quini healthy and liberated.

The kidnapping had a huge impact on the team and the club the title costs. Without Quini was in four games only one point gathered (1 to 8). Despite the 20 goals scored by top scorer Quini would Barcelona only fifth, on four points from champion Real Sociadad. The kidnappers of Quini received prison sentences of ten years. Quini itself was no complaint against them. He would during his captivity, the stockholm Syndrome have developed and stated that he was well treated and the kidnappers ‘in essence good people’ were.

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