Josep Maria Fusté

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Josep Maria Fusté
Personal information
Full name Josep Maria Fusté Blanch
Date of birth (1941-04-15) 15 April 1941 (age 73)
Place of birth Linyola, Spain
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Linyola
1958–1960 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1972 Barcelona 197 (47)
1960–1962 Osasuna (loan) 26 (10)
1972–1973 Hércules 27 (2)
National team
1961 Spain B 1 (0)
1964–1969 Spain 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This is a Catalan name. The first family name is Fusté and the second is Blanch.

Josep Maria Fusté Blanch (born 15 April 1941) is a retired Spanish footballer and captain of FC Barcelona during the 1960s and early 1970s. In 1964, together with Luis Suárez, Amancio Amaro, José Ángel Iribar and his FC Barcelona team mate, Jesús María Pereda, he also helped Spain win the European Championship. He also played for CA Osasuna and Hércules CF. After retiring as a player he worked as a public relations executive for Codorniu, a Catalan sparkling wine company. He also served as president of the FC Barcelona veterans association and publicly supported Sixto Cambra, a Catalan nationalist, who stood against Josep Lluís Nuñez in the 1989 FC Barcelona presidential elections.

Club career[edit]

Born in Linyola, Lleida, Catalonia, Fusté first joined FC Barcelona in 1958, and then went on loan to CA Osasuna. While at Osasuna he made his Primera División debut on 3 September 1961 and scored a penalty in a 2–2 draw with RCD Español. During his ten seasons playing for the senior team at FC Barcelona, the club finished second four times in La Liga but were never champions. However during the 1960s and early 1970s they did find success in various cup competitions. In 1962 Fusté played in his first European club final when he played for FC Barcelona in the second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final. They drew 1–1 on the night, but Barça lost 3–7 to Valencia CF on aggregate. In 1966 he played in another Fairs Cup final and this time helped FC Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 4–3 on aggregate. In 1968 he was a member of the team that beat Real Madrid 1–0 in the final of the Copa del Generalísimo. FC Barcelona subsequently qualified for the following seasons European Cup Winners Cup and made it all the way to the final only to lose 3–2 to ŠK Slovan Bratislava.

In 1971 Fusté inspired FC Barcelona to one more Copa win. In the 1970–71 season FC Barcelona narrowly missed out on winning La Liga, losing by a single point to Valencia CF. The two teams also met in the Copa del Generalísimo final. With Valencia CF winning 2–0, Fusté, who had come on as a substitute, scored the first of four FC Barcelona goals that eventually led to a 4–3 victory in extra-time. In 1972, after 197 La Liga games and 47 goals, Fusté left CF Barcelona and joined Hércules CF, then playing in the Segunda División.

After he retired, Fusté played with the FC Barcelona veterans team and continued to put in impressive performances until he retired in 2000. He also coached of the veteran team.

International career[edit]

Fusté also played 8 times for Spain, scoring 3 goals. José Villalonga gave him his debut on 11 March 1964 in the first-leg of the European Championship quarter-final against Republic of Ireland. He scored as Spain won 5–1 and went on to help them win the competition. He also played for Spain at the World Cup in 1966 and during the group stages of the competition he scored in the 2–1 defeat against Germany.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 March 1964 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Republic of Ireland 2–0 5–1 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
2. 15 November 1964 Das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Portugal 0–1 2–1 Friendly
3. 20 July 1966 Villa Park, Birmingham, United Kingdom  West Germany 0–1 2–1 1966 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Barcelona
Spain

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