SALINAS-Optimized
Instinctive striker with a fine head

Striker who came out of the Athletic Club youth system and arrived at Barça from Atlético Madrid in 1988. Although he usually played as a centre forward, Johan Cruyff also used him as a winger and he was a prime goal-getter with the Dream Team. He was an intuitive player who always had an eye for goals, which he often produced out of nowhere. When he left Barça in 1994 he joined Deportivo La Coruña. Later in his career he turned out for other teams like Sporting Gijón, Yokohama Marinos in Japan and Alavés, the team where he hung up his boots in 2000.

Full biography: 

Julio Salinas arrived at Barça under Johan Cruyff in the summer of 1988. The team had undergone a major revolution in the wake of the infamous Hesperia mutiny. In his first season at the club he won la European Cup Winners’ Cup in Berne against Sampdoria, scoring the second of Barça’s two goals in the final. He was an important part of the so-called Dream Team that won four consecutive Ligas and the long-awaited European Cup at Wembley, among other titles. Salinas started that game and very nearly scored, but Sampdoria keeper Gianluca Pagliuca managed to get in the way. The Basque striker played 197 games as a blaugrana. In the 1993-94 season and with the arrival of Brazilian Romario, Salinas started getting fewer chances. After the disastrous final in Athens he left Barça to join Deportivo La Coruña. He was only in Galicia for one year but won the Copa del Rey against Valencia. In 1995 he signed for two seasons with Sporting Gijón. A short one-season adventure in Japan with the Yokohama Marinos would be the prelude to his retirement in the 1999-00 season at Alavés at the age of 38.

Honours:

4 Ligas (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994)
1 European Cup (1992)
1 Copa del Rey (1990)
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup (1989)
1 European Super Cup (1993)
2 Spanish Super Cups (1991 and 1992)

 57 international caps for Spain

Place of birth
Bilbao (Vizcaya)
Date of birth
11/09/1962
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