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Héctor Rial

Héctor Rial
Personal information
Full name José Héctor Rial Laguía
Date of birth (1928-10-14)14 October 1928
Place of birth Pergamino, Argentina
Date of death 24 February 1991(1991-02-24) (aged 62)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 San Lorenzo 40 (20)
1948–1951 Independiente Santa Fe 54 (26)
1952–1954 Nacional 51 (20)
1954–1961 Real Madrid 113 (60)
1961–1962 Espanyol 6 (1)
1962–1963 Marseille ? (?)
1964 Unión Española ? (?)
National team
1955–1958 Spain 5 (1)
Teams managed
1965 Pontevedra
1966 Mallorca
1969–1970 Real Zaragoza
1970–1971 Las Palmas
1971–1972 Spain Olympic
Saudi Arabia
1976 Deportivo La Coruña
1978 Estudiantes
El Salvador
1980 Elche
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 2006

José Héctor Rial Laguía (14 October 1928 – 24 February 1991) was a football player from Argentina who played for Real Madrid between 1954 and 1961. He was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups. He played professional football in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Chile as well as representing the Spain national football team on five occasions.

Rial started playing professional football in 1947 with San Lorenzo de Almagro in the Primera Division Argentina. In July 1949, he moved to Colombia to play for Independiente Santa Fe,.[1] After 2 seasons with the club, he moved to Uruguay to join Nacional where he was part of the Primera División Uruguaya championship winning side of 1952.

In 1954 Rial joined Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he played for 7 years, amassing 10 major titles with the team.

In 1961 Rial left Real to join Espanyol in Barcelona, but he left the club after a disappointing season, where the club finished 13th of the 16 teams in La Liga. The next season, Rial joined the French club Olympique de Marseille, which finished at the bottom of the league, prompting Rial's return to South America.

Rial's final season was the 1964 campaign with Unión Española in Chile. The club finished 6th in the league, and he retired at the end of the season.


Career statistics

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 May 1955 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  England 1–1 Draw Friendly
Correct as of 4 September 2010


  1. ^ – Héctor Rial

External links

  • (Spanish) Futbol Factory profile at the Wayback Machine (archived October 20, 2007)
  • (Spanish) Real Madrid profile
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