Alex Sanchez: La Liga’s first one-handed player

Real Zaragoza reserve-team starlet makes history…


Real Zaragoza‘s 3-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday was relatively uneventful, largely because Jermaine Pennant was injured and therefore unable to stink up the pitch with his special brand of ‘football’. However, history was made on the 85th minute, when Zaragoza coach Marcelino brought on 20-year-old Alex Sanchez – La Liga’s (and, as far as we know, all of European football’s) first one-handed footballer.

Born without a right mitt, Alex was was handed a first team debut after bagging 12 goals in 10 games for Zaragoza’s reserve squad. There was no fairytale ending to his first senior appearance though – in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch, he flubbed a rubbish attempt to win a penalty and was booked for diving.

6 responses so far
  • Jayus Kayus // November 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Mr Sanchez may be a first in European football, but certainly not in world football!

    Hector Castro played, and scored, in the 1930 World Cup Final for Uruguay – despite having only 1 arm! When Castro was 13, he accidentally amputated his right forearm while using an electric saw.


  • jacklord66 // November 11, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Gotta hand it to him…

  • Wilberto // November 11, 2009 at 10:52 am


  • castro // November 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    an electric saw in the 1920s?

  • Jayus Kayus // November 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Castro – I am no expert on woodworking tools, but according to Wikipedia: “The worm-drive portable circular saw was invented in 1924 by the Michel Electric Handsaw Company which renamed itself Skilsaw Inc.”

    So there you go!


  • castro // November 13, 2009 at 7:44 am

    sure, and the first one ever they exported it right away to uruguay…

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