Julio Alberto Moreno
|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 Madrid, appearing rarely for the Colchoneros during his early years and also serving a Segunda División loan stint with Recreativo de Huelva in 1979–80. 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 Julio 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 campaign, scored a stunning goal against Juventus F.C. in the semifinals of the European Cup, in a 1–0 home win (eventually 2–1 on aggregate). He would also start in the penalty shootout loss to FC Steaua Bucureşti in the final.
From 1988 to 1991, however, Julio Alberto only appeared in 29 matches combined as the "Dream Team" was coming to fruition, retiring after only three appearances in the latter season as Barcelona won 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. His debut came on 29 February in a friendly match leading to Euro 1984, against Luxembourg, and he received the game's only yellow card in a 1–0 away win.
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 club Barcelona in a community role, working with fans and the 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
- "Barça-Juve, la final más deseada en Berlín" [Barça-Juve, the most awaited final in Berlin]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "5 de març del 1986: L'obús de Julio Alberto" [5 March of 1986: Julio Alberto's rocket] (in Catalan). FC Barcelona. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- "Steaua 0–0 Barcelona". UEFA.com. 7 May 1986. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- 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". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- "Julio Alberto: una vida arruinada por la droga" [Julio Alberto: a life done in by drugs]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 18 July 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "Julio Alberto se va del FCB de forma amistosa" [Julio Alberto and FCB part ways in a friendly manner]. Sport (in Spanish). 30 July 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2016.