Julio Alberto Moreno
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|Full name||Julio Alberto Moreno Casas|
|Date of birth||7 October 1958|
|Place of birth||Candás, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1979–1980||→ Recreativo (loan)||8||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Candás, Asturias, Julio Alberto came through the ranks of Atlético de Madrid, appearing rarely for the Colchoneros during his early years and also serving a Segunda División loan stint with Recreativo de Huelva in the 1979–80 season. Fully promoted to the first team for the following campaign, he played 59 La Liga games in that and the next seasons combined, subsequently attracting interest from FC Barcelona.
With Barça, the offensive-minded Alberto played a further nine years, with opposed fates: he was a key element in the side's 1985 league conquest and, during the following season, scored a stunning goal against Juventus F.C. in the semifinals of the European Cup, in a 1–0 home win (eventually 2–1 aggregate). He would also start in the penalty shootout loss against FC Steaua Bucureşti in the final.
From 1988 to 1991, however, Alberto only appeared in 29 matches combined as the "Dream Team" was coming to fruition, retiring after only three appearances in the latter season, with Barcelona winning the national championship.
Julio Alberto earned 34 caps for the Spanish national team during four years, and was included in the squad for UEFA Euro 1984 (appearing in all the games for the runners-up) and the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
After retiring, Julio Alberto fell into a deep depression which led to a severe drug addiction. Eventually he recovered, becoming a lecturer on the subject while he also began assisting former side Barcelona in a community role, working with fans and the club's foundation.
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1988–89
- La Liga: 1984–85, 1990–91
- Copa del Rey: 1982–83, 1987–88, 1989–90
- Supercopa de España: 1983
- Copa de la Liga: 1982–83, 1985–86
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 1985–86
- Jonathan Stevenson and Chris Bevan (22 April 2008). "When Bryan Robson tamed Barca". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- Julio Alberto Moreno Casas – International Appearances; at RSSSF
- Julio Alberto Moreno / Exfutbolista : "Mi partido contra la droga será eterno" (Julio Alberto: "My game against the drugs will never end"); La Voz de Asturias, 21 March 2004 (Spanish)
- Julio Alberto profile at BDFutbol
- National team data (Spanish)
- Julio Alberto at National-Football-Teams.com
- Julio Alberto – FIFA competition record