Pirri

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Pirri
Pirri (cropped).jpg
Pirri in 1967
Personal information
Full name José Martínez Sánchez
Date of birth (1945-03-11) 11 March 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth Ceuta, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Sweeper
Youth career
Imperio Riffien
SD Ceuta
Atlético Ceuta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Granada 21 (11)
1964–1980 Real Madrid 417 (123)
1980–1982 Puebla 55 (18)
1963–1982 Total 493 (152)
National team
1963 Spain U18 1 (0)
1964 Spain amateur 4 (2)
1966–1978 Spain 41 (16)
* 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 Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

José Martínez Sánchez, nicknamed Pirri (born 11 March 1945 in Ceuta), is a retired Spanish footballer. Pirri is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish footballers to have ever lived. He played as a central midfielder for Real Madrid and Spain until he was 28 years old before moving to play as sweeper. He also served as captain of Real Madrid from 1976 to 1980. Pirri is married to former Spanish actress Sonia Bruno.

Pirri was well known for leadership skills and ferocity (belying his small stature). However his best asset was his stamina, allowing him contribute regularly to both the attack and defense without relenting. Pirri was also a very good passer and scored a remarkable amount goals for a defensive player (123 league goals).

Club career[edit]

He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Champion Clubs' Cup. He was part of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team.

In 1980, Pirri signed for Mexican Primera Division side Puebla. He scored his first goal for the club in a league match against Atletas Campesinos on 28 September 1980.[1]

After retiring Pirri completed his studies to qualify as a physician and joined Madrid's medical staff.

International career[edit]

Pirri played 41 times and scored 16 goals for Spain between 1966 and 1978, and was in the Spanish squads for the 1966 and 1978 World Cups.[2]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 July 1966 Villa Park, Birmingham, England  Argentina 1–1 2–1 1966 World Cup
2. 7 December 1966 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0 Euro 1968 qualifying
3. 22 October 1967 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Czechoslovakia 1–0 2–1 Euro 1968 qualifying
4. 17 October 1968 Gerland, Lyon, France  France 1–1 1–3 Friendly
5. 15 October 1969 José Antonio, La Línea, Spain  Finland 1–0 6–0 1970 World Cup qualification
6. 11 November 1970 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Northern Ireland 2–0 3–0 Euro 1972 qualifying
7. 20 February 1971 Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Italy  Italy 0–1 1–2 Friendly
8. 17 March 1971 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  France 1–2 2–2 Friendly
9. 17 March 1971 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  France 2–2 2–2 Friendly
10. 9 May 1971 GSP, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 0–2 Euro 1972 qualifying
11. 24 November 1971 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 1–0 7–0 Euro 1972 qualifying
12. 24 November 1971 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 4–0 7–0 Euro 1972 qualifying
13. 12 October 1974 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 0–1 1–1 Friendly
14. 12 October 1975 Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain  Denmark 1–0 2–0 Euro 1976 qualifying
15. 10 October 1976 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–0 1978 World Cup qualification
16. 25 January 1978 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Italy 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primer gol de Pirri en el Puebla" (in Spanish). El Pais. 30 September 1980. 
  2. ^ PirriFIFA competition record

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Amancio
Real Madrid C.F. captain
1976–1980
Succeeded by
Miguel Ángel