VÍCTOR SÁNCHEZ DEL AMO

Date of Birth: 23 February, 1976
Nationality: Spain (international from 2000 until 2004)
Period at Deportivo: 1999 - 2006
Transfer: ca. €7,6 million (1.200 mln ptas) (1999, from Racing de Santander)
Clubs: Racing de Santander (1998-1999), Real Madrid (1995-1998), Real Madrid B
Sold: Out of contract (2006)
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Position: Attacking Midfielder (central/right)

VÍCTOR SÁNCHEZ played seven full seasons at Deportivo during times when the Galicians conquered Spain and impressed Europe. The winger was an important player in the team which won one Liga, one Copa del Rey, two Supercopas and took wins against giants like Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal in their own stadium.

Coming out of the Real Madrid youth system this fast and skilful attacking midfielder become one of the best crossers in Spanish football around the century turn. Between 1995 and 1998 he made 65 Liga appearances for the biggest and richest club from Spain, Real Madrid, and he was a fundamental part in their Liga-winning team in 1997. One year later, aged 22, he was in their squad which won the Champions League in Amsterdam after having been for decades without this important trophy.

That same year though he was asked to leave the club of Roberto Carlos, Raúl, Redondo, Morientes, Sanchís, Suker, Hierro, Cañizares and many other top players to join Racing de Santander. He immediately proved how wrong Madrid were when he scored 12 Liga goals for Racing in a mediocre season which saw them finishing at place fifteen. It was clear that he deserved a better club and just one year after his departure from Madrid he had convinced both coach Javier Irureta (one year at Deportivo) and president Lendoiro enough. This resulted in an important July 1999 transfer to Galicia estimated at €7,6 million.

But versatile Víctor Sánchez proved to be worth this money. In seven years at the club he rarely lost his place and became one of the favourites of Irureta. Only during his final season at the club, under new coach Caparrós, was he present in less than 29 Liga matches. In seven seasons he reached the number of 210 Liga matches and 30 goals. Besides, he always was among the players with most assists in the Spanish Liga. Víctor Sánchez made his Spanish debut being a Deportivo player on 23 February 2000 and had 12 appearances for the national team until 2004.

His time at the club wasn’t always good though. He had a troubled relationship with supporters who sometimes lacked his dedication, involvement and passion for the game. Earning one of the highest salaries he suffered many ‘strange’ injuries and his father (his agent) was a tough negotiator with the club. For a few summers in a row he was related to other Spanish clubs like Valencia and Atlético de Madrid. Until in 2006 he didn’t even want to study an offer to renew his contract at the club because he considered it to be far too low concerning salary. One 30 June 2006 seven years of Deportivo and Víctor Sánchez came to an end.

The most famous anecdote about the winger, according to a rumour spread around La Coruña, is that he had died in a car accident. Another one is that his father, his biggest fan, runs a bar in the centre of Madrid that always shows the matches Deportivo plays. Nothing false about this one though.
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