Ignacio Zoco

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Ignacio Zoco
Ignacio Zoco (1971).jpg
Zoco in 1971
Personal information
Full name Ignacio Zoco Esparza
Date of birth (1939-07-31) 31 July 1939 (age 75)
Place of birth Garde, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1959 Oberena
1959–1962 Osasuna 69 (4)
1959 Iruña (loan)
1962–1974 Real Madrid 318 (8)
National team
1961 Spain B 1 (0)
1961–1969 Spain 25 (1)
* 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 Zoco and the second or maternal family name is Esparza.

Ignacio Zoco Esparza (born 31 July 1939) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He played 12 years of his professional career with Real Madrid, appearing in more than 400 official games and winning ten major titles.

Zoco played more than 20 times with Spain, representing the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship, winning the 1964 European Nations' Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Garde, Navarre, Zoco joined CA Osasuna from another team in the region, amateurs CD Oberena. After spending the first months on loan to CD Iruña, he made his La Liga debut on 10 January 1960 in a 1–2 away loss against Real Oviedo, and eventually started in all the games he appeared in as the season ended in relegation.

In the 1962 summer Zoco signed for powerhouse Real Madrid, playing in only 13 matches in his first year, which ended with league conquest, but becoming a starter from there onwards. In 1965–66, apart from appearing in every minute in the domestic competition, he added nine complete games in the campaign's European Cup, including the final against FK Partizan (2–1 win).[1]

Apart from those two accolades, Zoco won a further six national championships and two Copa del Rey trophies with Real Madrid, playing in a total of 64 games in European competition with the Merengues (six goals scored). He retired in June 1974 at the age of 35 and, 20 years later, was appointed the club's match delegate in replacement of Miguel Ángel González,[2] retaining the position until 1998.

International career[edit]

Zoco earned 25 caps for Spain, making his debut on 19 April 1961 in a 2–1 away win against Wales for the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

He was selected for the squads at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, helping the national team win the tournament, and the 1966 World Cup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 December 1963 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Belgium 1–1 1–2 Friendly



Real Madrid



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Real Madrid C.F. captain
Succeeded by