Salinas in 2016
|Full name||Julio Salinas Fernández|
|Date of birth||11 September 1962|
|Place of birth||Bilbao, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1994–1995||Deportivo La Coruña||24||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A tall, lanky centre forward with skills, Salinas was best remembered for his spell at Barcelona – having started his career with Athletic Bilbao – while he was also a prolific goalscorer for club and country.
Salinas was born in Bilbao, Biscay, joining Athletic Bilbao's youth academy at the age of 11. In 1983–84 he won the second division's Pichichi Trophy award, as he helped the reserves finish runners-up to Castilla CF. During two seasons he also played 13 games for the first team, scoring his first La Liga goal on 26 March 1983 in a 4–0 home win over Celta de Vigo as the Basques captured back-to-back league titles and added the 1984 Copa del Rey.
After two more seasons with Bilbao, netting 12 goals combined for two-third-place finishes, Salinas moved to Atlético Madrid, where he scored an impressive 31 from 1988 to 1990 (including two on 7 February 1988, in a 7–0 home thrashing of RCD Mallorca).
Salinas signed for FC Barcelona for 1988–89, linking up with several other Basque players, including veteran José Ramón Alexanko, José Mari Bakero, Txiki Begiristain and Ion Andoni Goikoetxea – these would help form the backbone of the legendary Dream Team. He scored 20 league goals in his debut campaign as Barça finished second to Real Madrid, and he also netted in both the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final against U.C. Sampdoria and in the following year's domestic cup 2–0 win over Real Madrid.
In the subsequent seasons, Salinas appeared sparingly for the club due to his age and the emergence of attacking players as Hristo Stoichkov, but would still manage to grab some important goals in spite of limited playing time. On 30 January 1994, after coming in as a second-half substitute against Albacete Balompié, he scored both goals in a 2–1 home win, as he only played in another six games during the season, with Barcelona eventually achieving four league titles in a row.
Upon leaving Catalonia, Salinas played for Deportivo de La Coruña, helping to a runner-up finish in his only season. Although not a regular in the starting lineups he finished with 12 league goals, only surpassed by club great Bebeto; as a late replacement at the Camp Nou on 3 December, he netted in a 1–1 draw after a header from José Luis Ribera.
After the signing of, among others, Russian Dmitry Radchenko, Salinas was deemed surplus to requirements, joining Sporting de Gijón where he scored 18 goals in the 1995–96 campaign, crucial in helping the Asturians avoid relegation. He was held in high regards in the city during his one-and-a-half-year spell, with the fans often singing: "Bota de oro, Salinas bota de oro!" ("Golden boot, Salinas, golden boot!").
Salinas then had an abroad stint with Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, where he again showcased his scoring skills, teaming up with former Barcelona teammate Goikoetxea. He then returned close to home, having played his last two seasons with Deportivo Alavés where he notably scored in 1999–2000's opener, a 2–1 home defeat of Málaga CF– his team finished sixth, and would go on to reach the following year's UEFA Cup final.
On 19 May 2000, Salinas played his last professional match, scoring in a 2–1 loss at his first team Athletic Bilbao. He retired at nearly 38 with 417 matches and 152 goals, in the Spanish top flight alone.
Salinas went on to represent the country at three FIFA World Cups: 1986 (where he scored against Northern Ireland), 1990 (netting in the second-round loss to Yugoslavia) and 1994, as well as two UEFA European Championships, 1988 and 1996.
In the 1994 World Cup quarter-final against Italy, after he had found the net in a 2–2 draw against South Korea, Salinas missed the chance to put Spain into the last-four stage. With 1–1 and less than ten minutes to go, he marred a fast-break, with only goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca to beat; Roberto Baggio sealed the 2–1 final result minutes later, and the Spaniard was ultimately more remembered for this miss rather than the massive number of goals scored during an 18-year professional career.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|1982–83||Athletic Bilbao||La Liga||7||1||6||3||4||0||0||0||17||4|
|1986–87||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||38||15||6||2||-||3||1||47||18|
|1995–96||Sporting Gijón||La Liga||38||18||4||4||-||-||42||22|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1997||Yokohama Marinos||J1 League||26||21||2||2||5||3||-||33||26|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|1.||22 January 1986||Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain||Soviet Union||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||19 February 1986||Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain||Belgium||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||26 March 1986||Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain||Poland||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|4.||7 June 1986||Tres de Marzo, Zapopan, Mexico||Northern Ireland||2–0||2–1||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|5.||24 September 1986||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Greece||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|6.||24 February 1988||La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain||Czechoslovakia||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|7.||11 October 1989||Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–0||2–2||1990 World Cup qualification|
|8.||26 June 1990||Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy||Yugoslavia||1–1||1–2||1990 FIFA World Cup|
|9.||28 April 1993||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Northern Ireland||1–1||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|10.||28 April 1993||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Northern Ireland||2–1||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|11.||22 September 1993||Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania||Albania||1–0||5–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|12.||22 September 1993||Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania||Albania||3–0||5–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|13.||22 September 1993||Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania||Albania||4–1||5–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|14.||13 October 1993||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||2–0||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|15.||13 October 1993||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||3–0||3–1||1994 World Cup qualification|
|16.||19 January 1994||Balaídos, Vigo, Spain||Portugal||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|17.||2 June 1994||Ratina Stadion, Tampere, Finland||Finland||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|18.||10 June 1994||Claude-Robillard, Montreal, Canada||Canada||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|19.||17 June 1994||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States||South Korea||1–0||2–2||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|20.||12 October 1994||City Stadium of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia||North Macedonia||1–0||2–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|21.||12 October 1994||City Stadium of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia||North Macedonia||2–0||2–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|22.||17 December 1994||Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||3–1||4–1||Euro 1996 qualifying|