José María Zárraga
|Full name||José María Zárraga Martín|
|Date of birth||15 August 1930|
|Place of birth||Las Arenas, Spain|
|Date of death||3 April 2012(aged 81)|
|Place of death||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Universidad de Deusto|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Las Arenas, Biscay, Zárraga signed for Real Madrid in 1949, spending the following two seasons with the reserve team. He made his La Liga debut on 14 October 1951 in a 3–1 home win against Valencia CF, finishing his first two years with the club with 48 games and two goals combined but failing to collect any silverware.
From 1953–60, Zárraga was an important midfield unit as the Merengues won 11 major titles, including five consecutive European Cups (that record would only be bettered by Francisco Gento, who won six) – he played in all the finals, and totalled 31 appearances combined in those victorious campaigns.
Zárraga continued to add to his trophy cabinet in his final two seasons with Real (notably back-to-back national championships), but only played in five matches combined. He retired in June 1962 at nearly 32, having appeared in 306 official games, and went on to have brief coaching spells in the decade, including six matches with CD Málaga in 1968–69 (after replacing Brazilian Otto Bumbel), which ended in top flight relegation; he also worked as a director of football with Valencia and Deportivo Alavés.
In his last international appearances, Zárraga played as captain.
- Real Madrid
- European Cup: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60
- Intercontinental Cup: 1960
- Latin Cup: 1955, 1957
- Spanish League: 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62
- Spanish Cup: 1961–62
- Adiós a José María Zárraga (Farewell to José María Zárraga); Público, 4 April 2012 (in Spanish)
- Muere Zárraga, ganador de cinco Copas de Europa con el Real Madrid (Zárraga, winner of five European Cups with Real Madrid, dies); Marca, 3 April 2012 (in Spanish)
- José María Zárraga at BDFutbol
- José María Zárraga manager profile at BDFutbol
- National team data at BDFutbol
- José María Zárraga at National-Football-Teams.com
- Real Madrid biography
- Biography at Real Madrid Fans (in Spanish)
- Matches in European Cups; at RSSSF
| Real Madrid captain