Biography of Carlos "Santillana" Alonso González (1952-VVVV)

Spanish footballer, better known as Carlos Santillana, Santillana del Mar, Santander (Spain) on August 23, 1952-born. He/She began to play football in his hometown and shortly after it was signed by the satellite, a team from a nearby village. With this club he/she came to play in third Division. 1970-1971 he/she signed for Racing de Santander, where became the top scorer in that first season in the team in the League. His adventure in Cantabria finished soon since Real Madrid hired him on August 2, 1971. In his 17 seasons at the white club won nine league titles (1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1987 and 1988), four cups of Spain (1974, 1975, 1980 and 1982) and two UEFA (1985 and 1986). Until his retirement, Santillana played with his team at 777 matches and scored 351 goals.

And internationally, he/she debuted in the youth national team in the season 1969-1970, against the French and directed by José Emilio Santamaríaselection. He/She played his first game with the senior national team on April 17, 1975, convened by Kubala. With this same coach played the Championship of the world of Argentina in 1978. In 1984, in Paris, became runner-up of Europe's national teams. In total he/she participated in 56 matches in which he/she scored a total of 15 goals. He/She will always be remembered for his spectacular shots of head, thanks to a specially developed power of jumping and a privileged technique of the touch of the ball with the head.

On April 28, 1988 he/she announced his retirement at the end of that season and received the tribute in his last game of League against Valladolid on 22 May. From one year prior to his retirement from the playing fields was a salesman for the central zone of the British firm of Reebok sportswear. Adoptive son of Santillana del Mar since August 1984, received the homage of the Regional Council of Cantabria the day of his last official game (22/05/1988).