Pachín

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Pachín
Pachín 1962.jpg
Pachín in 1962
Personal information
Full name Enrique Pérez Díaz
Date of birth (1938-12-28) 28 December 1938 (age 75)
Place of birth Torrelavega, Spain
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Besaya
Sniace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1957 Gimnástica
1957–1958 Burgos
1958–1959 Osasuna 23 (1)
1959–1968 Real Madrid 306 (3)
1968–1969 Betis 24 (0)
1970–1971 Toluca
National team
1959–1960 Spain U21 3 (0)
1960–1963 Spain 8 (0)
Teams managed
1973–1974 Real Madrid C (youth)
1974–1975 Pegaso
1975–1976 Getafe Deportivo
1976–1977 Osasuna
1977–1978 AgD Ceuta
1978–1979 Valladolid
1979–1981 Levante
1981 Córdoba
1982 AD Almería
1982–1983 Hércules
1984–1985 Levante
1985–1986 Albacete
1987–1988 Levante
1988–1989 Granada CF
* 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 Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.

Enrique Pérez Díaz (born 28 December 1938), nicknamed Pachín, is a retired Spanish footballer who played for Real Madrid and was part of European Cup victories in 1960 and 1966. He earned 8 caps for the Spain national football team and was included in their 1962 FIFA World Cup squad.

A very athletic defender with unusual strength, Pachín was the link between two different teams with the same philosophy, to be the best. Due to his versatility, he played in all the defensive positions, both in the team that won five European Cup titles, as well as in the ‘Yeyé’ Real Madrid. He was a permanent fixture in teams that dominated Spain and astounded the whole continent.

In 1959 Pachín achieved his goal of playing in the team of his dreams, having previously played for Besaya, Sniace, Torrelavega, Burgos and Osasuna. In his first season at the club he won the European Cup title, being part of the starting line-up in the historic final against Eintracht. It was the end of one generation (that of Di Stefano and Puskas) and the dawn of another (that of Pirri, Zoco and Sanchís).

The forcefulness shown and the level offered by the defender from Cantabria reached such heights that Italian teams launched bids to sign him. At the time these clubs handled more money, but Pachín’s white heart led him to reject all offers. “Playing for Real Madrid is the greatest thing that can occur to a footballer”, he would say.

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid

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