Updated:04/25/2020 08: 14h
It was a big one, as a player, as a coach and as a coach. Triumphed in all facets of football. His name was Miguel Muñoz Mozún (Madrid, 19-1-1922–16-7-1990) and he won the European Cup short and long, with a Apotheosis honors, at Real Madrid of the legend.
He played with Campa, with Di Stéfano, Santamaría, Gento and later trained many of these legendary footballers. It started in football after the civil war, in modest teams in Madrid. On the occasion of completing his military service in Logroño, he was signed by the Club Deportivo Logroñés in 1943. He joined Racing Santander in the 1944- 1945 season. Two years later he signed for the Real Club Celta de Vigo, from where he was transferred to Real Madrid in the 1948-1949 season. He retired after a decade playing for the white club, at the end of the 1958-1959 season. Won four League Championships, three European Cups and one Latin Cup.
Hung up the boots and went directly to train the subsidiary Real Madrid player, Plus Ultra, to go up to lead the first team the following year, in April 1960, by order of Bernabéu. That same year he won the European Cup and became the first person to celebrate it as a player and coach.
He set a record by staying at the helm of Real Madrid for no less than fourteen years, until January 1974. During this time he achieved nine League Championships, two Spanish Cups, two European Cups and an Intercontinent Cup. He was, is, one of the most successful coaches in the history of Spanish football.
He directed then to Granada during the 1975-1976 season, then to the Union Deportiva Las Palmas, which led to the 1978 Copa del Rey final, and Sevilla from 1979 to 1982. Before, in the 1968-1969 season, together with Artigas and Molowny, he had taken over the national team. Spanish, but it was in 1982, after the disappointing role in the World Cup in Spain, when Muñoz returned to rule it, already alone, with important successes.
He managed to get the national team to qualify for the 1984 French Euro Cup after scoring 12-1 against the Maltese team, to reach the final that was played in Paris against the host team, which won that Euro Cup.
In total he directed seventy-eight international matches. He won in thirty-five of them, there were twenty-one draws and he was defeated twenty-two times. Competed in two European Cups of Selections (1984 and 1988), one World Cup (1986) and two Olympic Games (1984 and 1988).
If he was a tireless pawn as a player, as a coach he was always distinguished by his gentle understanding with the players, supported by an extraordinary sense of humor and mockery. that softness hid an iron hand.
Pedro de Felipe defined it well. “I was central and occasionally came on the attack, until one day he took me and said: I want you to cut back, which is where you have always stood out. To go upstairs I already have other players ».