His career was long, illustrious, and full of trophies. He won La Liga 5 times, 3 Copa del Reys, the European Cup and Cup Winners' Cup a combined 3 times, and 6 Super Cups. When he left Barça in 1998, Guillermo Amor left with the then 3rd most appearances in team history and the largest trophy haul at 17. After his retirement, Guille Amor returned to Barça as a member of the youth development staff, working 4 years under Laporta (2003-2007) before taking a 3-year break, returning once again in 2010 at the behest of Sandro Rosell to become the “Sporting Director of Youth Football.” That means he’s still an integral part of the club family, bringing in talent from all over the world (including the US now!).
On the night of April 5, 1990, Barça and Real Madrid met at the Mestalla in Valencia to play the Copa del Rey final. It was by no means a calm match, as video footage shows; With the game scoreless in the second half, a young Fernando Hierro, in his first year with the club, was given a second yellow for a kick on Roberto and from there the match went into that dark place from which it can never really return. Centre forward Julio Salinas, a 6'2" strong man from Bilbao was gut-punched away from the ball and crumpled into a heap. The ref and linesmen missed it and Salinas was booked, despite the man's obvious pain. The kicks came thick and fast from there, Madrid's challenges looking like they were aimed primarily at Barça legs.
And then in the 71st minute, eternal long-range shooter Ronald Koeman took yet another distance blast that Madrid keeper Francisco Buyo could only block into Txiki's path; a wily touch flipped the ball up into the middle where Amor, unmarked, headed home. The game was then wrapped up in the 91st minute when Salinas got on the end of a ball kicked away from a Madrid defender by Miquel Soler; Salinas left Buyo no chance and the game was done and dusted, a 2-0 victory for the blaugrana.
The teams meet again in Copa del Rey final for the first time since that night in 1990 on Wednesday. No matter what happens, no matter who emerges triumphant, Guillermo Amor should be smiling on his way into the stadium.
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