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Alfonso Cela

Alfonso Cela Vieito, known as Celita (July 11, 1885 – February 26, 1932), was a Spanish-Galician bullfighter. He is the only Galician to ever become a professional bullfighter.

Biography

Celita was born in Carracedo, a small village in Láncara, Galicia, a region in the northwest of Spain. He moved to Madrid after the death of his father in 1896.

He began his career as a novillero (a bullfighter who only faces calves) in 1906 and took his alternativa (ceremony in which novilleros graduate to matador) in the bullfighting ring of A Coruña on 15 September 1912.

His brother Claudio and nephew Alfonso Cela Martín (known as Cela II) were bullfighters as well but never reached professional level.