Tonight Manuel Benitez, known as "El Cordobes" (The Man from Cordoba), made a magnificent come back in the bullring at Marbella, on Spain's Costa del Sol.
The cuadrilla (entrance of matadors into the arena of bullring (Cordobes in the centre).
Close up of cordobes entering arena.
Bull entering bullring
Bull charging to matador Paco Camino, who was later injured
Paco Camino being carried out of ring
Cordobes playing his first bull of the evening.
(Poor shot of Cordobes after slight toss)
Cordobes again playing the bull
Cordobes killing his bull
Triumphant circle of the ring showing the crowd the two ears he was awarded.
Cordobes second bull, showing Cordobes playing the bull.
Picadors with bull
Panderilleros with bull
NEXT SHOTS: show the type of bull play of Crodobes for which he can command GBP20,000 an appearance, for 13 minutes works. These passes, shown in these shots, are considered by experts to have been the finest seen in any bullring.
Cordobes killing the bull
Crowds waving their handkerchiefs in admiration and a demand to the President of the bullring to give him the highest awards.
Five thousand cushions are thrown into the ring by the crowd in admiration of Cordobes wonderful fights.
Cordobes mobbed while making his circuit of the ring.
SPORT: BULL FIGHTING
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Background: Tonight Manuel Benitez, known as "El Cordobes" (The Man from Cordoba), made a magnificent come back in the bullring at Marbella, on Spain's Costa del Sol.
It is just three weeks since "El Cordobes" in his first appearance before a Madrid crowd, was badly gored.
Cordobes, also known as "The Beatle of the Bullring" because of his bushy hair which flops over his forehead, fought two bulls tonight before an estimated crowd of more than 9,000 people, for his first bull, when the bulls horn just caught his blue "suit of lights" and briefly tossed him to the ground, he quickly recovered and killed the bull quickly and cleanly, and was awarded two ears.
His second bull, the last of the evening, he had the crowd standing on their feet for his daring, and with his unorthodox style, for which he is famed and some say is the best bullfighter of all time, he was awarded two ears and the tail. The crowd went mad, and thousands of cushions and hats, shoes and wine bottles were hurled into the ring.
This was the first fight to be fought in Marbella's new bullring, and many people say the best of any ever before.