|Full name||José Luis Aragonés Suárez|
|Date of birth||28 July 1938|
|Place of birth||Hortaleza, Madrid, Spain|
|1958–1959||→ Recreativo Huelva (loan)|
|1959–1960||→ Hércules (loan)|
|1960||→ Úbeda (loan)|
|1960||→ AD Plus Ultra (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
José Luis Aragonés Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈlwis aɾaɣoˈnes ˈswaɾeθ]; born 28 July 1938), usually referred to as Luis Aragonés and sometimes simply as Luis, is a former Spanish footballer and national coach.
Aragonés has spent the majority of his career as a player and coach at Atlético Madrid. He was a prominent player and then coach of the successful Atlético team of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The team won La Liga four times, reached the final of the European Cup and won the Intercontinental Cup. Between 1964 and 1974 he played 265 La Liga games for Atlético and scored 123 goals. Aragonés has coached the club on four separate occasions. He has also played with several other clubs, most notably Real Betis, and played 11 times for Spain, scoring three goals. Apart from Atlético he has also coached seven other La Liga clubs as well as the Spanish national football team whom he led to their second European Championship title in 2008. He became the head coach of the Turkish football team Fenerbahçe after Euro 2008, and this is the first time that Aragonés has coached outside of his native Spain.
Aragonés began his playing career with CD Getafe in 1957 and that was also where he picked up his nickname "the elf". In 1958 he signed for Real Madrid but never made it into the senior team. He spent most of his time at Real Madrid on loan to other clubs, including Recreativo de Huelva and Hércules CF and Úbeda CF and playing for AD Plus Ultra, the Real Madrid reserve team. In 1960 he joined Real Oviedo and made his debut in the Primera Division. Between 1961 and 1964 he played for Real Betis, making 86 league appearances and scoring 33 goals. He was part of the team champion of Euro 1964, being reserve in the quarterfinals against Ireland.
Atlético de Madrid
While at Atlético, Aragonés acquired the nickname Zapatones, meaning big boots and he was known as a free kick specialist. He was a regular goalscorer and in 1970 he shared the Pichichi with his fellow Atlético forward José Eulogio Gárate and Amancio. In 1974 he scored a goal kick at the end of the match, but Bayern Munich tied at the next minute as Atlético held the German team in the European Cup final before losing 4–0 in the replay. After retiring as a player Aragonés was appointed Atlético coach for the first time in 1974. He soon earned himself a new nickname, El Sabio de Hortaleza (The Wise Man from Hortaleza). But after Aragonés started going to the gym he changed it to the "Ogre" because of his appearance and maximum trained muscles.
Spanish national football team
At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Spain won all three group games before facing France in the Second Round. After taking the lead through David Villa, they lost 3–1 following goals from Franck Ribéry, Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane.
Aragonés, having introduced a new style of free-flowing tiki-taka football to the Spanish national side, then presided over Spain's victorious campaign at Euro 2008, beating Germany 1–0 in the final with a goal from Fernando Torres.
Aragonés, apparently a superstitious person, made known his dislike for Spain's away kit which they had to wear during the crucial semifinal match against Russia. He insisted that the jerseys were "mustard" and not "yellow".
Thierry Henry incident
In 2004 Aragonés was appointed coach of Spain. During a training session in the same year, a Spanish TV crew filmed Aragonés trying to 'motivate' José Antonio Reyes by making offensive references about Reyes' Arsenal black team-mate, Thierry Henry, saying:
|“||Tell that negro de mierda that you are much better than him. Don't hold back, tell him. Tell him from me. You have to believe in yourself, you're better than that negro de mierda.||”|
The incident caused uproar in the British media with calls for Aragonés to be sacked. After an investigation into the events during the match, UEFA fined the RFEF 100,000 Swiss francs/87,000 US$ (one day's wages) and warned that any future incidents would be punished more severely. UEFA noted that possible punishments could include suspension from major international tournaments or the closure of Spain's home international matches to supporters.
In response to this, Aragonés has said in public that he is not a racist, and claimed that he had black friends. Brazilian-born black midfielder Marcos Senna stated:
|“||He is not a racist. 'Aragonés is a spectacular person. [Former Spain defender] Donato, who is black, is one of his best friends. Maybe something escaped, a word, and he was misinterpreted. He helped a lot bringing me to the Spain team, and the fact people thought he was racist was minimised by the fact he called me. I see the way he treats me and how he likes me. 'He calls me "The Brazilian". Sometimes I take a free-kick in training and he shouts, "Hey Brazilian, don't take it that way, hit a folha seca [falling leaf] like Nelinho [scorer of one of the World Cup's greatest goals in 1978]." He is a surprising guy, because he is really serious, but then he comes with jokes. The guys adore Aragonés.'||”|
He later took a swipe at England's colonial past in the build up to a match between the two national teams in November 2004 which was also overshadowed by racist abuse aimed at non-white English players. Palpably, the absence of strict measures against any of the aforementioned incidents contributed to the fury of English media and the football players alike and further dented Aragonés' image in England.
- Atlético Madrid
- Copa del Rey: 1988
- "Marca: F.Bahçe Luis Aragones’le anlaştı". NTV-MSNBC. 17 June 2008.
- Lowe, Sid (7 October 2004). "Spain coach in mire over Henry jibe". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Senna steals show, Duncan Castles, Guardian Online, June 29, 2008
- Rio Ferdinand condemns 'feeble punishments' for racist fans