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Hugo Sánchez

Hugo Sanchez
Personal information
Full nameHugo Sánchez Márquez
Date of birthJuly 11, 1958(age 57)
Place of birthMexico City, Mexico
Height1.75 m
Playing positionStriker

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Hugo Sánchez Márquez (July 11, 1958), popularly nicknamed 'Pentapichichi', or 'Hugol', is a Mexican football coach and former striker. He played for four European clubs, including Real Madrid. Sanchez is considered the first highly talented Mexican player. He was also a member of the Mexico national team, and participated in three World Cups. He currently works for TV network Univision as a sports broadcaster.

As a coach, he won two championships as head coach of the club Pumas de la UNAM and briefly with Club Necaxa, both teams in the Mexican Primera División. He also had a sixteen-month stint with the Mexican national team, but was fired on March 31, 2008. Hugo Sanchez has signed up to start coaching again, now in Europe, for UD Almería from the Spanish First Division starting December 29, in an attempt to save the team from descending to the 2nd Division by the Summer. He has succeeded in keeping UD Almeria free from relegation from La Liga for the 2009-2010 season.

In 1999, the IFFHS voted him the 26th best footballer of the 20th Century, and the best footballer from the CONCACAF region.

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