Laureano Ruiz

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Laureano Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Laureano Ruiz Quevedo
Date of birth (1937-10-21) 21 October 1937 (age 79)
Place of birth Escobedo, Spain
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1962 Racing Santander
1962–1966 Gimnástica
Teams managed
1967–1968 Racing Santander
1971–1972 Langreo
1976 Barcelona
1976–1978 Barcelona B
1978–1979 Celta
1979–1980 Racing Santander
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ruiz and the second or maternal family name is Quevedo.

Laureano Ruiz Quevedo (born 21 October 1937) is a Spanish retired football defender and manager.

Football career[edit]

Born in Escobedo de Villafufre, Cantabria, Ruiz played for local Racing de Santander and Gimnástica de Torrelavega, ending his career at the age of 28 to become a full-time coach. At the age of 15 he had his first experiences as a manager, and often accumulated duties whilst still an active footballer;[1] his first professional spell was with the former club in the 1967–68 season, being relegated from Segunda División.

In the following years, Ruiz worked extensively in youth football,[2] being charged with FC Barcelona's cantera in the 70s/80s[3] as well as the Generalitat of Catalonia's youth facilities.

In the 1975–76 campaign, Ruiz was in charge of Barcelona's first team for six La Liga games, taking the place of German Hennes Weisweiler.[4] He managed three wins – including one at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium against Real Madrid on 30 April 1976 (2–0) – two draws and one loss during his spell, as the Catalans finished in second position; he was replaced by Rinus Michels in the summer, but continued working with the club.

Ruiz's other managerial stints with the professionals were with UP Langreo (1971–72, second level, relegation), FC Barcelona B (1976–77, division two, relegation) Celta de Vigo (1978–79, top flight, relegation)[1] and former team Racing Santander (1979–80, second tier, 16th position).

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