Antonio Ruiz Cervilla

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Antonio Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Antonio Ruiz Cervilla
Date of birth (1937-07-31) 31 July 1937 (age 76)
Place of birth Guadalupe, Spain
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1963 Real Madrid 60 (3)
1962–1963 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 23 (1)
1963–1964 Málaga 26 (2)
1964–1968 Murcia 54 (2)
1968–1970 Castellón 57 (1)
National team
1960 Spain U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Murcia B
1972–1974 Castilla
1979–1980 Las Palmas
1981–1982 Granada
1983–1984 Rayo Vallecano
1984 Elche
1986 Oviedo
1988–1991 Eldense
1995 Logroñés
1997–1998 Guadalajara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ruiz and the second or maternal family name is Cervilla.

Antonio Ruiz Cervilla (born 31 July 1937 in Guadalupe de Maciascoque, Region of Murcia) is a retired Spanish football midfielder and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Ruiz played five years for Real Madrid, making his La Liga debut on 21 April 1957 in a 4–1 home win against Celta de Vigo. He appeared in only 15 games in his first three seasons combined, adding five complete matches in the club's 1958–59 European Cup campaign, including the 2–0 final win against Stade Reims.

In 1962, Ruiz signed for Deportivo de La Coruña on loan, being an undisputed starter during his only season but suffering relegation. Released by the Merengues, he spent five of the following seven seasons in Segunda División, one of the two exceptions being 1964–65 with Real Murcia - top level relegation. He retired in 1970 at the age of 33 with Spanish first division totals of 103 games and five goals.

Manager career[edit]

Immediately after retiring, Ruiz started coaching, his first stop being Murcia's B team. In the following three decades, he managed another eight teams, interspersed with several periods of inactivity.

From 1979–81, Ruiz was in charge of UD Las Palmas in the top level, being sacked early into his second season, which ended in a narrow escape from relegation. In 1984–85 and 1994–95, in the same category, he amassed 30 games for Elche CF and CD Logroñés combined as both teams eventually dropped down a level - the La Rioja outfit had no fewer than five coaches throughout the season, finishing with an all-time low 13 points.


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