25 septiembre, 2021

MANUEL JESÚS “EL CID” (87-130-2) [17-37-75] THE OLDEST NEW STAR.

Of the five matadors in this group, the Sevillian Jesús “El Cid” had the roughest road to walk to become a figura. It has taken him six years to overcome what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to arrive at the top, where he finally arrived in the 2006 temporada, when he was 32. But not until the conclusion of the 2007 season, in which he had the most successful campaign of his career, did he feel secure in his well-deserved high position. He will not have to continually prove that he belongs there.

Of the five matadors in this group, the Sevillian Jesús “El Cid” had the roughest road to walk to become a figura. It has taken him six years to overcome what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to arrive at the top, where he finally arrived in the 2006 temporada, when he was 32. But not until the conclusion of the 2007 season, in which he had the most successful campaign of his career, did he feel secure in his well-deserved high position. He will not have to continually prove that he belongs there. After an unimpressive career as a novillero, often fighting the biggest and roughest bulls, “El Cid” became a full-fledged matador on April 24, 2000. Since he did not have many chances to fight in the important ferias, he kept active by participating in the so-called circuit of the ‘hard corridas’, in which impressive and difficult bulls of bull breeders such as Victorino Martín, Miura, Cebada Gago and others are fought. In those fights he had meaningful successes, especially with the Victorino bulls, and, little by little, by the 2005 season he had already found openings in the main ferias, fighting more manageable bulls, and sharing the billing with some of the established figuras. Nevertheless, he completed an irregular campaign in the 2006 season, creating some doubt about whether or not he was solidly anchored as a star bullfighter. These doubts were unfounded since he has proven adequately that he has staying power by completing an excellent campaign in 2007. He started the season in Cabra on February 24 obtaining four ears, and he ended it at Jaén on October 16, where he also cut two ears. In between these dates he continued to succeed, giving lessons in good toreo. In total, the man from Saltera cut 130 ears, and two tails in the 87 corridas he fought. Seventeen of these trophies were granted in 1 st class rings, and 37 in 2 nd class plazas. He opened the Puerta Grande of 49 plazas, including the bullrings of Seville, Barcelona, Pamplona and Bilbao. However, what took place at the Plaza Vista Alegre in Bilbao on August 25 made his campaign more than special. That afternoon he fought six huge bulls of Victorino Martin by himself cutting four ears. Just as important as the trophies obtained, was the professional manner in which “El Cid” performed during the whole affair, from when he entered the arena until he left it on the shoulders of the aficionados. He masterfully fought the good animals as well as the bad ones, showing that he had not only unusual technique to dominate the animals, but also cold and sober courage, and great class. The only negative factor of Manuel Jesús’ campaign consisted in that he was unable to obtain trophies in his three appearances in Madrid, where he had often done it before. Considering the class, courage, and determination that he possesses, it could be safely predicted that “El Cid”, now fully recognized as an established star, would be regularly included in the important ferias of the 2008 taurine season, where he will continue to play an important role.

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