Spain has its own unique spectacle – the bullfight. The main participant there is a matador, or a bullfighter. After all, he dances, waving his handkerchief before the bull, and eventually kills him. Matador – a character from the foot corrida, if this member sits on a horse, then he is already called a rehoneador.
These bullfighters in Spain are famous and popular no less than footballers. For example, El Khuli for one performance only receives about 270 thousand euros. I must say that high pay is for very risky work. Where there to her players.
This bullfighter is still relatively young – he was born in 1982 in Madrid. His birthplace was the clinic of St. Joseph on the street Cartagena. In addition to the bullfighter himself, there are two older brothers in the family. At the age of 9, Julian was first received at the College of the Blessed Virgin in the metropolitan area of Concepcion, where he studied. The bullfighter said that it was on that day that excitement arose for him to fight bulls, “el torero”. After all, it was then that at the Manor of Juan Rivera of Toledo, on the trading floor of this estate, Julio first “danced” before the young cow, having performed in front of her a number of specific passes borrowed for this purpose by a raincoat. The boy was so carried away by bullfighting that he asked his parents to let him enter the school as a birthday present for the torrero. In 1995 and 1996, he received there seasonal trophies of the best student. Because of age restrictions in Spain, his first novelty with picadoros Huli held in Mexico in 1996. By June 1999, the young matador had already fought 100 fights. His income in 2005 amounted to 7 million euros, although from there it is worth deducting a significant amount for the maintenance of quadrille.
This legendary matador was born on January 13, 1977. It can be considered even doubly legendary. After all, he is a direct descendant of two other famous matador – Domingina and Cayetano Ordonez “Ninje de la Palma.” Was it possible to choose a friend with such genes or become an ordinary torero? So Rivera became an extraordinary man and a master of his craft. His eminent grandfathers probably feel pride in their grandson.
This matador was born on December 8, 1971 in Valencia. His career began at the age of 17 and now many include him in the top three of the country’s best bullfighters. In addition to achievements in his immediate profession, Enrique is also known for participation in various sports, including golf, football, and hunting. A year the elite matador earns about 4 million euros. Among other advantages Ponce has one more – his beautiful wife Paloma Suebas. They say that Ponce himself is as perfect as men, that his wife can only be a goddess. Paloma has repeatedly been recognized as the most elegant woman in the country, she’s just a sample of taste. But always looks stylish and Enrique himself. Usually matadors do not particularly engage in their appearance and the combination of colors and clothing elements. But Ponce was also known as the most elegant matador in Spain. It will not even ruin a pink tie with polka dots, along with a striped shirt. Manuel Benitez Perez.
This matador was also known by the nickname El Cordobes. He was born in Cordoba in 1936. His career in this capacity began in 1959 in Talavera de la Reina, ending officially in 20 years. Cordobesa was distinguished by his own acrobatic style. Although he was a bit theatrical, he was noticeably different from the classical one. Today, many believe that he is the shadow cardinal of this sport. Cordobesa still respected everyone, let his career and ended 30 years ago. In 2002, the matador was named the fifth caliph of his native Cordoba, his name was even one of the arenas. Jose Ignacio Uceda.
Many will say that this matador is the best in Spain.He himself believes that with such a vocation it is necessary to be born and only then to carefully study. Uceda, at the age of 11, realized who he wanted to become. In addition, his family has long-standing ties with the bullfight. All the relatives of Jose in the male line were involved in it somehow. It is not surprising that he himself often attended their speeches. For the first time, Jose went into the arena with his father, the boy was then only 4 years old, and his opponent was a one-year-old goby. Although under the laws of the country to enter the arena of the torero was not allowed until 16 years, Jose, as is customary for beginners, overestimated his age. As a result, he entered the school of bullfighters at 13, and by 15 years on his account there were already 46 three-year-old bull-calves. However, the bulls did not let Usede forget that such a sport was dangerous – as much as 6 times the matador was hoisted on the horns. In total for the career the well-known matador has won more than 2500 bulls, the detailed calculation conducts its proud father. Luis-Miguel Domingin.
This is a real star among the matadors. It can not be surpassed by any living torero. He was born in 1926 in the family of the legendary Domingina Domingina. Louis-Miguel took his father’s surname to quickly gain popularity. At the age of 11 he is entering the arena for the first time. Louis-Miguel was considered the standard of the Spaniard – a beautiful burning brunette, a lucky woman’s favorite. He twisted novels with actresses and models, and his son received a “Grammy.” With Luis Miguel, he leads Picasso’s friendship, Hemingway writes about him. At the age of 44, the bullfighter returned to the arena, soon he begins to perform in a special “costume of light” created by Picasso. Miguel spent his last fight in 1973 in Barcelona. Is it any wonder that the perfect matador was quite highly paid? People agreed to pay any amount to see their pet. Domingin died in 1996.
Matador, as has already been said, one must be born. It is not necessarily in Spain. Hardly Roman Karpukhin, living in his native Chuguev of the Kharkov region, was thinking about his career in bullfighting. When the guy was just studying at the Kharkov Military Aviation School, he opened a ballroom dance club. There were also his fellow students who wanted to untie their legs to potential brides. The thirst for adventure was confirmed in the fact that once Roman went to the World Ballroom Dance Championship in Germany, even without a passport. When the crisis hit the country, the captain of the Air Force quit and went to Spain to teach dancing. But one day he got to Albacete, the capital of the famous province of La Mancha. There the dancer got acquainted with the local matador, who literally fell in love with Karpukhin in the bullfight. The whole year the former pilot spent in the Catalan school of bullfighting. Nobody believed in the success of such an enterprise. However, Karpukhin managed to become the world’s first Russian torero in the history of bullfighting, having received the diploma of the Guinness Book of Records. And in his cloak of the bullfighter Roman he wore the captain’s epaulettes, strengthening the effect of the duel between the Russian officer and the bull.
Jesulin de Ubrique.
This hero literally conquered the whole of Spain with his speeches. In 1994, he was only 20 years old, and he has already entered the arena 153 times. Thus broke the 24-year-old record of El Cordobesa itself. A tall and slender young handsome woman enjoys the love of women, besides, he has a cheerful and carefree disposition, a sunny, open smile. Jesulin literally burst into the elite of the matadors, taking a worthy place next to the legends – Manolete and Cordobes. True, old experts say that the style of Jesulin is somewhat vulgar, and he himself owes his success to the yellow press. Nevertheless, he already earns at least a million euros a year.
Photographs of this matador flew all over the country. After all, then Miguel was only 8 years old, he went to the arena of the city of Caceres being twice as young as he was allowed. The defeated bull weighed 10 times the size of the bullfighter himself! Some called Miguel a hero, others called a criminal.Such a career for him chose the father and their joint dreams of glory. The couple did not obey the Spanish code and moved to Mexico. Six years later, Jairo Miguel was again bloodied in the editorials of the newspapers. This time it was his own blood. He almost became the youngest torero, who received a mortal wound from the bull. Doctors said that the horns of a bull just a couple of centimeters did not reach the heart of a young brave man. Now Miguel has 70 scars on his body, and he himself is still banned in his homeland. But is not his career in exile a violation of the rights of a minor?
Michelito was born in 1997. He himself claims that he loved the bullfight as early as 5 years. This twelve-year-old matador made his debut immediately on the main arena of Mexico – “Plaza Mexico”. The boy received a bull weighing 4 centners, but he was easily stabbed. But the second animal, weighing 385 kilograms, was much more aggressive and almost killed Michelito. The bull was able to knock the young torero from his feet, gathering to lift the horns. Only banderilleros managed to divert the furious animal and save the young fighter. Father Mikelito applied to the Guinness Book of Records, demanding to fix a record – the young matador confronted six bulls in one battle. However, despite the confirmation of the local judge, the record was denied registration.
This woman could make a brilliant career in any field. Her grandfather was the chairman of the State Planning Committee, and her parents traveled abroad, representing Vneshtorg. She herself was trained in Paris socialist economy. However, to the dismay of her parents, the brave Lydia started her career in the equestrian corridor at the age of 24. There she spent about 10 years, going on a date with the bulls 600 times. At the same time, she succeeded in the Spanish version of bullfight, where the bull is killed, and the Portuguese, where they leave it alive. Artamonova conquered the best arenas of Portugal, Spain, the south of France. Do not stop her and numerous wounds – two broken ribs, a large number of bruises. And once the horn of a bull entered the leg at 12 centimeters! For each of his battles Lydia, nicknamed in the Pyrenees Artamon, receives about 20 thousand dollars. Now she is trying to popularize bullfighting in Russia.
Manuel Laureano Rodriguez was born in Cordoba since 1917. His ancestors were matadors, albeit little-known. All of them proudly bore the name of Manolete. When the boys at his age played bullfighting, he himself had no interest in her. But at the age of 11 suddenly realized his passion for this occupation. At the age of 15 he held his first fight, then performed with a group of clowns. As soon as they finished the performance, Manolete came out into the arena against the bull. But the public only laughed at the awkward torero. But he was lucky – he was noticed by an experienced manager Jose Camara. He forced to retrain Manolete. Fanciful and fashionable circular passes aside. Classical movements were put into action. In 1938 Manolete again in the arena, now the audience is crazy about him. He stands serenely and with dignity before the attacking bull. Critics who previously abused him are now praised and called the best in the world. For 8 years Manolete was the most popular and highest paid matador in the world. In 1944 he was able to perform in 92 bullfights for half a year. Manolete became the main Spanish hero of that time, embodying the whole country, Latin pride and chivalry. But the public demanded more and more from him. As a result, a duel took place from seven corridas with a young idol of Spain – Domingin. Manolete performed splendidly, but dangerous bull Islero mortally wounded him. So one of the most legendary matador of the world died at the age of 30.