Ramón Grosso

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Ramón Grosso
Personal information
Full name Ramón Moreno Grosso
Date of birth (1943-12-08)8 December 1943
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 13 February 2002(2002-02-13) (aged 58)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Santo Domingo el Sabio
1959–1963 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Plus Ultra
1964–1976 Real Madrid 265 (54)
1964 Atlético Madrid (loan) 12 (3)
National team
1963–1964 Spain amateur 9 (9)
1964 Spain B 1 (0)
1967–1970 Spain 14 (1)
Teams managed
1987 Real Madrid B
1997 Real Madrid B
* 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 Moreno and the second or maternal family name is Grosso.

Ramón Moreno Grosso (8 December 1943 – 13 February 2002) was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward.

He represented Real Madrid over the course of 12 La Liga seasons, playing in 366 official games (96 goals scored) and winning 11 major titles, including the 1966 European Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Grosso reached Real Madrid's youth system at the age of 15. After a four-month spell with neighbouring Atlético Madrid, being an important offensive unit as the Colchoneros eventually avoided relegation from La Liga,[1] he returned to the team, going on to remain there for the following 12 years.

Even though he shared teams with the likes of Amancio Amaro, Francisco Gento or Ferenc Puskás, Grosso was club top scorer in his first two seasons, scoring 17 goals in 28 games in 1964–65 and 11 in 29 in the following He made his debut in the European Cup on 23 September 1964, netting in the 5–2 away win against Boldklubben 1909.[1]

In the following years Grosso played in several positions for Real Madrid, even being placed as goalkeeper in the Ramón de Carranza Trophy match with Boca Juniors. For his "team-first" approach he was eventually dubbed Obrero (worker),[1] and he left his main club in June 1976 at the age of 32, retiring from football subsequently.

Grosso continued to work with the Merengues in the following decades, as a manager: he started in the youth sides, then worked as head coach with Real Madrid Castilla in two separate Segunda División seasons (24 games in 1986–87 and one in 1996–97, suffering relegation in the latter), and finally as first-team assistant.[2]

International career[edit]

Grosso gained 14 caps for Spain over the course of three years. His debut occurred on 1 February 1967 in a 0–0 draw against Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, for the UEFA Euro 1968 qualifiers, and he scored in the second contest between the two sides, a 2–0 success in Bilbao.[1]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 May 1967 San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain  Turkey 1–0 2–0 Euro 1968 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid

Death[edit]

After a long battle with cancer, Grosso died on 13 February 2002 in his hometown of Madrid, aged 58. He was survived by his wife Amparo and five children, including the oldest María Angela, who married Real Madrid player Francisco Llorente.[3][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ramón Moreno Grosso; at Real Madrid Fans (Spanish)
  2. ^ Todos coinciden: "Era un tipazo" (All agree: "He was one hell of a guy"); Real Madrid's official website, 20 December 2008 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Reacciones a la muerte de Grosso (Reactions to death of Grosso); El Mundo, 13 February 2002 (Spanish)

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