Pichi Alonso

Pichi Alonso

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Àngel “Pichi” Alonso Herrera (born 17 December 1954 in Benicarló, Castellón, Valencian Community) is a former Spanish football, and a current coach.

A striker with a prolific scoring rate whom never won the Pichichi Trophy, he represented, amongst others, both Barcelona major teams during his career.

Football career

Alonso made his professional debuts with local CD Castellón, in the second division, in 1975. Three years later, he moved to Real Zaragoza, playing 33 top flight matches in every season he remained there, and never netting less than 15 goals. In his debut year, he scored five in a 8–1 routing of RCD Español.

In 1982–83, Alonso moved to FC Barcelona, being relatively used in his debut season, but losing his importance after the purchase of Scotland's Steve Archibald, and never regaining it again. Still, he scored three goals against IFK Göteborg, in the 1986 European Cup semifinals, allowing Barcelona to reach the final against FC Steaua Bucureşti in Seville, where he came on as a substitute in extra time, in an eventual penalty shootout loss; he was one of four players that had his attempt saved by opposing goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam.

Alonso regained his scoring prowess at Barça neighbours Espanyol, helping the side finish third in his first season, with 17 goals. In 1987–88, another penalty shootout loss, now in the UEFA Cup, against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He retired the following year, aged 36,...
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