Hipólito Rincón

Poli Rincón

Rincon in 2010
Personal information
Full name Hipólito Rincón Povedano
Date of birth (1957-04-28) 28 April 1957
Place of birth Lavapiés, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1965–1976 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Real Madrid 16 (3)
1976–1977Díter Zafra (loan)
1977–1978Recreativo (loan) 33 (12)
1978–1979Valladolid (loan) 14 (5)
1981–1989 Betis 223 (78)
Total 286 (98)
National team
1980 Spain U23 2 (0)
1979–1983 Spain amateur 8 (1)
1983–1986 Spain 22 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rincón and the second or maternal family name is Povedano.

Hipólito 'Poli' Rincón Povedano (born 28 April 1957 in Lavapiés, Madrid) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

During a 12-year professional career he played mainly for Real Madrid and Real Betis, amassing La Liga totals of 239 games and 81 goals.

Having gained slightly more than 20 caps for Spain, Rincón appeared with the national team at the 1986 World Cup.

Club career

A Real Madrid youth graduate, Rincón served three loan stints during his tenure, one in the lower leagues with CD Díter Zafra, eventually making his debut for the first team on 14 October 1979 in a 3–2 home win over Real Zaragoza: he scored twice as a second-half substitute,[1] but could never impose himself in the capital side's main squad, amassing only 16 La Liga games from 1979 to 1981.

Rincón joined Andalusia's Real Betis for the 1981–82 season, netting 20 league goals in his second year which earned him the Pichichi Trophy,[2] even though his team could only rank 11th. He went on to score nearly 100 times overall with the club, and retired after the 1988–89 campaign at the age of 32, after suffering top flight relegation.

In 2004, Rincón served briefly as Betis neighbours Xerez CD's director of football.[3] He also worked as sports commentator, for Cadena SER and Cadena COPE.[4]

International career

Rincón played 22 times with ten goals for the Spanish national team, during three years. His debut came on 27 April 1983 in a UEFA Euro 1984 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, in Zaragoza; in only 15 minutes of play, after replacing FC Barcelona's Francisco Carrasco, he scored the final 2–0.[5]

On 21 December 1983, in his sixth international, Rincón netted four goals in Spain's historic 12–1 win over Malta, in a Euro 1984 qualifying game played in Seville.[6] He would not be however picked for the finals in France, being selected two years later for the 1986 FIFA World Cup squad but playing no minutes in Mexico.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 April 1983 La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain  Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0 Euro 1984 qualifying
2. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Malta 4–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
3. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Malta 5–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
4. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Malta 8–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
5. 21 December 1983 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Malta 10–1 12–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
6. 26 May 1984 Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland   Switzerland 0–3 0–4 Friendly
7. 31 May 1984 Üllői úti, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 0–1 1–1 Friendly
8. 17 October 1984 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Wales 1–0 3–0 1986 World Cup qualification
9. 23 January 1985 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Finland 1–0 3–1 Friendly
10. 25 September 1985 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Iceland 1–1 2–1 1986 World Cup qualification



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