José Parra Martínez

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José Parra
Personal information
Full name José Parra Martínez
Date of birth (1925-08-28)28 August 1925
Place of birth Blanes, Spain
Date of death 29 February 2016(2016-02-29) (aged 90)
Place of death Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
San Pablo del Campo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Poble Sec
1945–1947 Terrassa
1947–1959 Español 216 (1)
1959–1960 Cartagena
National team
1954 Spain B 1 (0)
1950–1951 Spain 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Parra and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

José Parra Martínez (28 August 1925 – 29 February 2016) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Blanes, Province of Girona, Catalonia, Parra's professional career was entirely spent with RCD Español in his native region. He signed with the club in 1947 from neighbouring Terrassa FC, going on to compete with the former in 12 La Liga seasons.[1][2]

Parra scored his first and only league goal for the Pericos on 17 October 1948, in a 5–0 home win against Celta de Vigo. He retired in June 1960 at nearly 35, after a spell with Cartagena FC.

International career[edit]

Parra gained seven caps for Spain, during one year. His first came on 9 April 1950, in a 2–2 away draw to Portugal for the 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[3]

Selected by manager Guillermo Eizaguirre for the finals in Brazil, Parra played five times during the tournament[4] to help to a final fourth place.[5]


Parra died on 29 February 2016 in Terrassa, at the age of 90. He was the last survivor of the team that appeared in the 1950 World Cup.[6]


  1. ^ "Josep PARRA" (in Spanish). Hall of Fame Perico. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nos deja Parra, una leyenda del Espanyol" [Espanyol legend Parra leaves us] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Portugal, 2 – España, 2" [Portugal, 2 – Spain, 2]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 April 1950. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "España y Uruguay empataron a dos tantos" [Spain and Uruguay drew two goals to two]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 July 1950. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "El último superiviviente español del 50" [The last Spanish survivor from 50]. El País (in Spanish). 17 June 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Muere José Parra, el último español que acudió al Mundial de Brasil 1950" [José Parra, the last Spaniard that took part in Brazil's 1950 World Cup, dies]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 29 February 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 

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