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Manuel Jesús Cid Salas was born in Salteras (Sevilla) in 1974 and took the alternative in 2000, in Las Ventas, after a long and hard way...

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Bullfighter  Manuel Jesus Cid Sala 

 El Cid

Date of Birth: Salteras (Seville), March 10, 1974

Debut: Novillero, Salteras (Seville), February 6, 1994.

Alternativa: (A ceremony in which a bullfighter authorizes a novice to take his place among the doctorate bullfighters.) Las Ventas Bullring, Madrid, April 23, 2000.

Confirmation: (The bullfighter confirms his alternativa or doctorate.) Las Ventas, Madrid, April 23, 2000.

Manuel Jesús Cid Sala took his first steps in the profession in Seville, his native land, but soon he was in Madrid, the Spanish capital, and in Las Ventas Bullring, where his magnificent career is forged as a matador of bulls. In this ring he took the alternativa on April 23, 2000 at the hands of David Luguillano's, with Finite de Córdoba as witness. The ceremonial bull was Gracioso, bearing the Jose Vázquez brand. In his first years El Cid suffered a lack of contracts and the obligation to confront undesirable bulls. His bullfighting has astonished on numerous occasions, though his irregularity with the sword has deprived him of great victories.

The 2005 season has been up to the present moment the most relevant for El Cid. He was proclaimed a winner in Seville, with two Prince’s Doors (Puerta del Principe), and in Madrid, with a Great Door (Puerta Grande) on June 3, after cutting an ear of a Victorino bull. On May 22, 2006 he repeated this success in Madrid, leaving the bullring on his teammates’ shoulders after fighting Alcurrucén bulls. In September, he left the bullring by the Prince’s Door after performing solo at the Maestranza festival. In 2007 El Cid left by the Prince’s Door, and realized the exploit of the year in Bilbao, where he cut four ears in an epic encerrona opposite Victorino bulls.

In 2010 El Cid did not triumph in Seville but he cut an ear of a Juan Pedro Domecq bull at Las Ventas. After Madrid the best of El Cid came to the fore, he leaving the Barcelona, Dax, Salamanca, Logroño and Zaragosa bullrings on the shoulders of his team mates. In 2011 he cut two trophies in Seville and one in Madrid, successes that he did not repeat 2012, in spite of performing four evenings in two of the most important bullrings in the world.


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