Jorge Burruchaga is an attacking midfielder and striker whose claim to fame is scoring the winning goal for Argentina against West Germanyin the final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
Burruchaga began his career in the Argentine played for for Independiente of Buenos Aries, making 179 appearances and scoring 58 goals.
Jorge also played in France for three seasons, two of them for Nantes and one for Valenciennes. It was during his time with Valenciennes in season 1992/93 that Burruchaga was involved in an infamous match-fixing scandal with Olympique de Marseille which saw him banned from playing French football for two seasons. Jorge took his ban as a very firm hint to return home to Argentina, Buenos Aries and Independiente, where he played out his career till retiring in 1998.
Throughout his career with Independiente, Jorge won an Argentine league in 1983, the Copa Libertadores as well as the Intercontinental Cup in 1984.
On the International Front
However the high point of Jorge Burruchaga's career had to be his winning goal in the World Cup final, which was remarkable in many ways. First of all, Argentina, with their captain Diego Maradona playing in a deep lying midfield role, were leading 2-0 with just a few minutes to go when West Germany mounted a remarkable comeback drawing level with less than ten minutes on the clock.
Three minutes later, Burruchaga received a brilliant short pass that evaded the entire German defence while still in his own half. It is never an easy thing for a striker to do to run the entire distance from the half way line with the entire West German defence in pursuit, and an erratic and aggressive West German goalkeeper, Toni Schumacher, between the posts.
However when the event takes place in a World Cup final it has to be one thousand times difficult. Despite the pressure, Jorge kept his head and with his strength rapidly fading he succeeded in keeping out of Schumacher's grasp, slotting the ball home to give Argentina the victory that they craved.
Although Jorge took part in all of Argentina's games in the 1990 World Cup, he was to see West Germany gain revenge for their final defeat in 1986, winning through a late penalty. Maradona-less Argentina were a shadow of the 1986 side, and Burruchaga had to bear the added pain of giving away the penalty that won it for the Germans, bringing down Rudi Völler in the penalty area.
In his international career Jorge took part in 59 games between 1983 and 1990, scoring a total of 13 goals before embarking on a coaching career.