Cuban dissident in Spain speaks out

MADRID, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A Cuban dissident sent into exile in Spain has spoken out against the conditions of his detention in his communist homeland, it was reported Monday.

Guatemala arrests 4 in lawmakers' death

GUATAMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 20 (UPI) -- Guatemalan authorities have arrested four people suspected of ordering the killings of three lawmakers from El Salvador that were visiting Guatemala.

Officials resign after lawmaker killings

GUATEMALA CITY, March 8 (UPI) -- Three Guatemalan security officials have resigned amid an ongoing investigation into the deaths of four police officers, Prensa Libre reported Thursday.

Officers linked to lawmakers' deaths slain

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Four Guatemalan police officers who were arrested in connection with the deaths of three Salvadoran lawmakers have been killed in jail.

Salvador police confounded by killings

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Salvadoran police are confounded by the murders of lawmakers who were found dead in a car in Guatemala, La Prensa Grafica reported Thursday.

Three Salvadoran politicians found dead

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Police have found the bodies of three politicians from El Salvador in a car in Guatemala's capital, La Prensa Grafica reported Tuesday.

Fidel Castro reportedly recovering

HAVANA, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro is reportedly recovering from his recent surgery, Cuban news sources said Friday.

Three high-profile Spaniards are sentenced

MADRID, March 2 (UPI) -- Three prominent professionals in Spain have received prison sentences for their role in the nation's notorious sex scandal.

Alien smuggler convicted in Miami

KEY WEST, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The ninth alleged member of a smuggling ring that brought Cuban nationals to Florida has been convicted, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

Trial hears of Spain/Colombia coke ring

MADRID, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A trial for smuggling five tons of cocaine involving 15 men from two groups in Spain and Columbia entered its second day Tuesday in Madrid.

Nominees for 44th Annual Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the nominees for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in ceremonies to be tele

Nominees for 44th Annual Grammy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Here is a complete list of nominees for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which were announced in Beverly Hills Friday by the Recording Academy:
Jose Ramon
Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, first Vice President on the Council of State and Ministers for Cuba, addresses the 63rd session of the General Assembly at the UN on September 24, 2008 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

José Ramón Alexanko Ventosá (born 5 May 1956 in Barakaldo, Vizcaya), also referred to as Alesanco or Alexanco, is a former Spanish footballer and manager. He is currently director of youth development at FC Barcelona. He played as a defender for Bilbao Athletic, Deportivo Alavés, Athletic Bilbao, FC Barcelona, Spain and the Euskadi XI. Alexanko was captain of the legendary Dream Team while at FC Barcelona and helped the club win sixteen trophies. After retiring as a player in 1993 he went onto coach both FC Universitatea Craiova and FC Naţional Bucureşti in Romania. He also worked as assistant manager to Carles Rexach when the latter as manager of FC Barcelona.

Alexanko played as a junior with Llodio before joining Athletic Bilbao in 1974. After two seasons with the Bilbao Athletic, the Athletic reserve team, he went on loan to Deportivo Alavés before making his senior debut with Athletic Bilbao in 1976. He subsequently played 91 La Liga games for Athletic, scoring 8 goals. The highlight of his career at Athletic was winning two runners-up medals in 1977 - one in the Copa del Rey and one in the UEFA Cup. Among his team mates were the veterans José Ángel Iribar and Javier Irureta.

In 1980 Alexanko signed for FC Barcelona where he paved the way for a number of fellow Basque players including Andoni Zubizarreta, Txiki Beguiristain, Julio Salinas, Goikoetxea and José Mari Bakero . With Alexanko as captain they formed the backbone of the legendary Dream Team. His personal highlights included scoring the winning goal as FC Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the 1988 Copa del Rey final and coming on as a late substitute in the 1992 European Cup Final, enabling him to lift the trophy. He had earlier had a penalty saved by keeper Helmuth Duckadam as Barcelona lost the 1986 European Cup Final on penalties to Steaua Bucharest.

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