La Puebla’s right-hand man will, predictably, reach the round figure of a hundred bullfights this Saturday. It will be in the Ávila town of Arenas de San Pedro; accompanied by right-handers Emilio de Justo and Ángel Téllez. The calf man from Salamanca will put the icing on the celebration. Mark Perez, the same boy who turned the Plaza de la Maestranza upside down a long week ago. The bulls that will struggle to meet this round figure will belong to the anchors of El Pilar and Victoriano del Río.
Obviously he won’t be the first to cross that rubicon; It’s certainly not the end, although it’s not very fitting for the lyric that the party lived through—and will happen. In fact, the effort is accompanied by some important connotations, if we note that the cream of the ladder barely exceeds the fifty functions fulfilled. The dizzying decline in celebrations forced Morante to double down on many squares, and accept contracts, scenarios and partners that I wouldn’t visit often in other circumstances. But to rise to the test, with this quantity joining an enviable and tidy quality, José Antonio Morante makes Camacho one of the campaign’s key actors, underscoring his status as a historic bullfighter; one of the best of our life…
Matador has declared over and over again that he will not be caught in a similar vortex again. Although it is already known that it is better not to repeat the season of saying never again, there will be no similar season. The most intimate bullfight and his vital reference, the example of Joselito El Gallo, was defeated in this bullfight in professional and personal combat. which was resolved without any mishap beyond a handful of painful somersaults.
The figure of Joselito El Gallo is a reference to the bullfighting persona of Morante de la Puebla.
From Joselito to Arruza
Gallito famously surpassed the figure of a hundred bullfights in four consecutive seasons from 1915 to 1918.. There were times when journeys had to be planned in millimeters with respect to the railroad – the Madrid highway was then the highway for bullfights – and bullfighting at fairs with the most popular right-handers of the moment went no further. the opening moves before the brilliance of the couple José and Juan. Both fought as top stars at all fairs but this cut everything Talavera tragedy It was what closed the short but intense Golden Age that would change the foundations of bullfighting forever.
Belmonte also crossed the hundred mark in 1919. unfortunate right hand BarnJosélito, whom the most honest critics designate as Joselito’s successor, came close to that figure with 94 bullfights in 1921, a year before his gruesome death. It was Domingo Ortega who passed 90 contracts in the 1930s before reaching 100. Manolete, the undisputed symbol of the decade, was about to achieve this in the 40s.. It actually recruited 103 people in the 1944 season, but remained at 92 due to various setbacks. He reached 114 contracts the following year, but new setbacks – particularly the broken collarbone that occurred in Alicante – left him with 71 bullfights. But that year, 1945, it was the Mexican cyclone Carlos Arruza that would eventually surpass one hundred.Reaching 108 in full competition with ‘The Beast’ from Cordoba. Then death of Manolet In Linares in 1948, responsible for completing hundreds of fair bullrings was Luis Miguel Dominguín, the greatest figure Madrid has ever produced.
Manuel Benítez made 121 bullfights during the 1970 season of ‘El Cordobés’.
Ortega already said…
The numbers help us turn the rise or fall of the party at the different times it had to live. The Golden Age, or manoletism, paralleled moments of historical significance in our country, whether in the full bloom of the avant-garde or in the harsh post-war period. Ortega already said, You cannot understand the history of Spain without knowing the history of the bullfights. and the mirror of the 60’s developmentalism would be in the lines of the squares. Spain of sun and beach, openness of technocracy, and Fraga’s Ministry of Information and Tourism, which coined the famous slogan “Spain is different”, will parallel the emergence of a groundbreaking bullfighter embodying new modes such as: there’s no other..
It was Manuel Benítez El Cordobés who managed to do 111 bullfights in the 1965 season. The next year it was Paco Camino, an ace from the Platinum Age, who approached the mythological figure with 95 bullfights. Benitez, however, would return to the war in 1967, monopolizing 109 performances. Right-handed Miguel Márquez from Fuengirola also crossed 100 in ’68 and was very close to 97 in ’69, when El Cordobés famously started the race. “war” Together with Palomo Linares to stand up to the business bunker of time.
In 1970, everything would turn upside down. El Cordobés made 121 bullfights to create a seemingly invincible sign He finished his season climbing on the back of a Carlos Núñez bull at the Jaén plaza. It was the deification of iconoclasm, but also the beginning of the end of an entire era, that led to a difficult bullfighting transition marked by Benítez’s retreat and the imposition of the so-called “guarismo bull.” With the tragic death of Paquirri in Pozoblanco. The following year, in 1985, Spartacus’ reign began, and the party itself was reborn in Spain, confident and unapologetic about the “exchange” of movida and felipista. The right-handed person from Espartinas reached the figure of a hundred bullfights for the first time in 1987.. In 1990 he would get it again, adding 107.
Jesulín broke all records in the 1994 season with 165 bullfights.Photo: EFE-Julio Muñoz
spain of the ball
The 1990s came and with them a real economic and social boom – the Spain of the ball – that would also have a portrait in bullfights. Valencian right-back Enrique Ponce took the flag from Espartaco on the party’s baton, reaching a hundred performances in the legendary 92. He would achieve this again in 1993 with 110 celebrations, followed closely by Jesulín de Ubrique, who performed 98. contracts. But everything was about to be alright…
It is convenient to find the topic. At the dawn of the ’90s, as the sonic voice of ‘Mama Chicho’ – oh the black touches me – resounds, Jesús Gil, the perfect figure of the paraphernalia of the time, reigned from the court of miracles in Marbella. Brick lived his golden years in a perfect marriage with the biggest bullfighting boom in all history.is favored by the money of mayors dealing with real estate developers and bullfighting businessmen. Beginning private television had neither inflation nor drought turned bullfights into a summer grill meal. It was the time of the so-called media bullfighters, where Jesulín de Ubrique’s self-confidence and personality would take off in their own light.
It’s a good idea to keep looking in the rearview mirror: On the night of May 4, 1993, Antena 3 posted the ‘We want to know’ field under the baton of Mercedes Milá.. The issue in this edition was to examine the authenticity of the bull festival. Among other representatives of the scene, La Milá had invited bullfighters such as José María Manzanares, José Miguel Arroyo ‘Joselito’ and the junior matador from Ubrique who were just starting to take their place among the heavyweights of the standings. . During the show, a member of the public asked him if bullfighting was a “trick”. Jesulín stood up, dropped his trousers, and showed the seams of his first seam. Joselito and Manzanares watching ojiplático.
Everything was prepared in advance. The person asking the question was the popular Seville innkeeper, Mariano García, who is the soul of the Donald bar.. This was the starting point for his crazy years of right-handedness from Ubrique, who made his debut as a media animal. The result was reflected in the statistics. Jesulín was number one in the standings, finishing 133 bull fights the following year in 1994. and pulverizing the El Cordobés brand. Ponce and Litri would have added 114 in the same year! At this point, he was more than eighty-eight, just as his manager at Plaza de Sanlúcar, Manolo Morilla, snatched the crutch from the bullfighter and handed it to him in laughter. which he came out stunned and fined. But is this Breaking all the molds from Ubrique, the bullfighter made 165 bullfights during the 1995 season, a record that has not been beaten to date.. El Litri and Manuel Díaz – years before their paternal relationship was recognized – would add 133 and 125 performances, respectively.
This thing was released in those fleeting years of wine and roses. Jesulín added 121 in 1996, followed by Ponce and El Cordobés, which reached 111 and 100. Ponce took over at 97, reaching 108. The hundred collects 104 bullfights. But a new rooster had arrived in the corral. Juli had chosen the alternative in 1998 to be the top star of the moment, a young precocious teacher. This attraction translated into 132 runs added in 1999, His first full season as a bullfighter. Ponce followed him, reaching 108. The same couple would top the podium with 106 and 101 runs in the 2000 season, respectively.
The years of prosperity continued at the same time as the brick race was released without realizing the impending abyss. Finito de Córdoba opened the 21st century by reaching 102 bullfights in 2001. Again, Ponce didn’t give up on the 100. It was El Juli who left the long-awaited face behind in 2002 – he had 112 bullfights – followed by Finito, who turned 104. However, things started to change as the bottom of the abundance was felt and some social pressures were seen. The world of bullfighting is increasingly disconnected from society.
Cigars and politicians began to leave the alleys and so in 2003 no one managed to achieve the legendary goal, but César Jiménez succeeded in 2004 by adding 106. He was followed closely by Granada’s right-hand man. David Fandila ‘El Fandi’ who will take his place in more than one hundred points table in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008Having signed 111 contracts, he took place at the top of the rankings without preventing the decline of bullfighting celebrations in the following years. No one has added more than a hundred runs in a season.
Data matters: 2007 marked the beginning of the economic crisis and the end of the brick bubble. Bullfighting was so linked to inflation that at the same time, bullfighting numbers plummeted and indisputable parallels emerged between the country’s economic, political and social reality. In 2019, the last regular season before the outbreak of Covid, number one in the standings was Julián López ‘El Juli’ with just 43 celebrations. Three years later, Morante did bobbin lace to achieve the figure of a hundred bullfights. He owed it to Gallito.