La Quinta del Buitre
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La Quinta del Buitre was the name given to the generation of gifted Real Madrid players in the 1980s, who came up through the club’s own youth team structure. The name was derived from the nickname given to centre forward Emilio Butragueño, El Buitre – The Vulture. The term quinta means people of the same draft, class or year. The Class of the Vulture, if you like. The other four members were Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza.
Armed with La Quinta del Buitre (reduced to four members when Pardeza left for Zaragoza in 1986) Real Madrid had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe during the second half of the 1980s, winning two UEFA Cups and 5 Spanish championships in a row. But, unlike Barça’s Dream Team, which was take away their throne, they failed to win the European Cup.
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