Luis Aragonés

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Luis Aragonés
Luis Aragones.jpg
Aragonés in July 2008
Personal information
Full name José Luis Aragonés Suárez Martínez[1]
Date of birth (1938-07-28)28 July 1938
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 1 February 2014(2014-02-01) (aged 75)
Place of death Fuencarral-El Pardo, Madrid, Spain
Playing position Midfielder[2][3][4]
Forward[5][6][7]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1958 Getafe
1958–1960 Real Madrid 0 (0)
1958–1959Recreativo Huelva (loan)
1959–1960Hércules (loan) 24 (17)
1960Plus Ultra (loan) 8 (11)
1960–1961 Oviedo 13 (4)
1961–1964 Betis 86 (33)
1964–1974 Atlético Madrid 265 (172)
National team
1964–1972 Spain 11 (3)
Teams managed
1974–1978 Atlético Madrid
1978 Atlético Madrid
1979–1980 Atlético Madrid
1981 Betis
1982–1986 Atlético Madrid
1987 Atlético Madrid
1987–1988 Barcelona
1990–1991 Espanyol
1991–1993 Atlético Madrid
1993–1995 Sevilla
1995–1996 Valencia
1997–1998 Betis
1999–2000 Oviedo
2000–2001 Mallorca
2001–2003 Atlético Madrid
2003–2004 Mallorca
2004–2008 Spain
2008–2009 Fenerbahçe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Luis Aragonés Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈlwis aɾaɣoˈnes ˈswaɾeθ]; 28 July 1938 – 1 February 2014) was a Spanish footballer and manager.

Aragonés spent the majority of his career as a player and coach at Atlético Madrid. He was a prominent player and then coach of the successful Atlético team of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The team were national champions four times, reached the 1974 European Cup Final. Between 1964 and 1974, he played 265 Primera Liga games for Atlético and scored 123 goals. He also played for several other clubs, including Real Madrid, and played 11 times for Spain, scoring three goals.

Apart from Atlético he also coached seven other La Liga clubs as well as the Spain national team, whom he led to their second European Championship title in 2008. He then became the head coach of the Turkish club Fenerbahçe after the tournament, the sole time that he coached outside his native Spain. He died on 1 February 2014 aged 75.[8]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aragonés began his playing career with CD Getafe in 1957[9] and that was also where he picked up his nickname "the elf".[citation needed] In 1958, he signed for Real Madrid but never made it into the senior team. He spent most of his time at Real Madrid on loan to other clubs, including Recreativo de Huelva and Hércules and playing for AD Plus Ultra, the Real Madrid reserve team. In 1960, he joined Real Oviedo and made his debut in the Primera División. Between 1961 and 1964, he played for Real Betis, making 86 league appearances and scoring 33 goals.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

In 1964, Aragonés was signed by Atlético Madrid where he acquired the nickname "Zapatones", meaning "big boots", since he was known as a free kick specialist.[10] Aragonés picked up silverware in his first season at the club, winning the Copa del Rey (then known as the Copa del Generalísimo). He then helped Atlético to the La Liga title in 1965–66[11] and again in 1969–70, where he shared the Pichichi trophy for the highest scorer in the league[12] with his fellow Atlético forward José Eulogio Gárate and Real Madrid's Amancio. A second Copa followed in 1973 and the team achieved a third league title in 1973–74. The following year, Atlético reached the final of the European Cup played against German champions Bayern Munich. During the match, Aragonés scored a goal late in extra time to give Atlético a 1–0 lead.[13] A 119th-minute equaliser from Georg Schwarzenbeck, however, sent the final to a replay, where Bayern prevailed with a convincing 4–0 victory.[14] His retirement followed soon after and he was appointed Atlético coach for the first time in the same year. To date, Aragonés remains Atlético's all-time top goalscorer and is ninth in the club's all-time appearance list.[citation needed]

International[edit]

Aragonés made his international debut for Spain on 8 May 1965 in a 0–0 friendly draw away to Scotland. The first of his three goals for Spain was in a friendly against France in Lyon, in a 3–1 win on his seventh cap on 17 October 1968. He captained the side for the sole time on his 10th of 11 caps, a 3–0 win over Northern Ireland in Seville on 11 November 1970 in qualification for UEFA Euro 1972. He scored in the match.[15]

Managerial career[edit]

Spanish clubs[edit]

In his first season in charge at Atlético Madrid, Aragonés led Atlético to success over two legs in the 1974 Intercontinental Cup, where the team beat Copa Libertadores winners Independiente of Argentina 2–1 on aggregate. Atlético went on to claim the Copa del Generalísimo and La Liga title in 1976 and 1977 respectively.[16]

After six years in charge of Atlético, Aragonés took over at Real Betis in 1981. His time in Andalusia, however, was brief and he returned to the Vicente Calderón in 1982. In his second spell at the club, his Atlético side came close to achieving a historic double during the 1984–85 season, winning the Copa del Rey and finishing runner-up in La Liga. The following season, the team reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, where it was beaten 3–0 by Dynamo Kyiv.[17]

Aragonés' success saw him appointed as manager of Barcelona in 1987, where he spent one season, winning the Copa del Rey.[18] He then spent a season at fellow Barcelona based club Espanyol before rejoining Atlético for a third spell, where he won the sixth Copa del Rey of his career in 1992.[citation needed]

After leaving the club for a third time in 1993, he went on to coach Sevilla, Valencia, Real Betis, Real Oviedo and Mallorca.[19] His biggest success during this period was coming within four points of winning the 1995–96 La Liga title with Valencia.[20]

In 2001, with the club in the Segunda División, Aragonés took over at Atlético for a fourth time and led the team to promotion back to the Primera División as champions in the 2001–02 season.[21] He left the club for the final time in 2003 and remains its most successful manager with eight trophies won.[18]

Aragonés returned to Mallorca on 2 October of the 2003–04 season, after the dismissal of Jaime Pacheco for a poor start to the season.[22] He steered the club to 11th by the end of the season.[23] On 1 July 2004, he took the job of Spain national team after Iñaki Sáez resigned due to public disapproval for failing to qualify the team from the group stage at UEFA Euro 2004.[24]

Spanish national football team[edit]

Spanish players celebrating in Madrid after victory at Euro 2008 under Aragonés

On taking over the national team, Aragonés made changes to the team, dropping experienced players such as Míchel Salgado and Raúl. He also employed tiki-taka, a system of short passing which subsequently would also be identified with the playing style of Barcelona.[25] Spain were unbeaten in qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup under Aragonés, but finished as group runner-up to Serbia and Montenegro,[26] and thus required a play-off against Slovakia to secure their place. Spain won the play-off 6–2 on aggregate,[27] with Luis García scoring a hat-trick in the first-leg 5–1 win.[28] At the finals, Spain won all three group games before facing France in the Second Round. After taking the lead through David Villa, they lost 3–1 following goals from Franck Ribéry, Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane.[29]

Aragonés stayed on as manager and presided over the following qualifications for the European Championship. The initial phase of the qualifiers started on a poor note with a 3–2 defeat to Northern Ireland and a 2–0 defeat to Sweden both away from home, a pair of results that put tremendous pressure on Aragonés' position.[30] Spain recovered strongly to seal a ticket as group winners ahead of Sweden that also qualified directly to the tournament, while Denmark missed out.

Aragonés then presided over Spain's victorious campaign at Euro 2008, beating Germany 1–0 in the final with a goal from Fernando Torres for their first international honour since 1964.[31] Aragonés had a superstitious fear of the colour yellow, and referred to Spain's change kit for the semi-final match against Russia as "mustard" and not "yellow".[32]

His tiki-taka style of play was retained by his successor, Vicente del Bosque, who led Spain to further tournament victories.[25]

Fenerbahçe[edit]

After denying an approach in late June,[33] Aragonés replaced Zico as manager of Turkish Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe on 5 July 2008. He signed a two-year deal and declared his intention to win the league title in his first season.[34] The club, however, finished in fourth, and he was dismissed on 2 June 2009 after the season had ended.[35]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 December 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref.
G W D L Win %
Atlético Madrid Spain 26 November 1974 8 May 1978 169 84 36 49 049.70
Atlético Madrid Spain 10 October 1978 7 November 1978 5 3 2 0 060.00
Atlético Madrid Spain 5 June 1979 17 March 1980 35 14 11 10 040.00
Betis Spain 29 April 1981 20 September 1981 3 2 0 1 066.67
Atlético Madrid Spain 27 April 1982 10 June 1986 210 110 46 54 052.38
Atlético Madrid Spain 3 February 1987 28 June 1987 25 13 3 9 052.00
Barcelona Spain 23 September 1987 23 May 1988 50 23 13 14 046.00
Espanyol Spain 12 June 1990 11 June 1991 46 17 12 17 036.96
Atlético Madrid Spain 11 June 1991 2 February 1993 79 44 15 20 055.70 [36]
Sevilla Spain 22 June 1993 19 June 1995 90 38 26 26 042.22 [37]
Valencia Spain 28 June 1995 17 November 1996 69 37 13 19 053.62 [38]
Betis Spain 30 June 1997 16 May 1998 48 21 11 16 043.75 [39]
Oviedo Spain 23 June 1999 22 May 2000 44 14 13 17 031.82 [40]
Mallorca Spain 27 May 2000 24 June 2001 44 25 11 8 056.82 [41]
Atlético Madrid Spain 24 June 2001 23 June 2003 87 39 22 26 044.83 [42]
Mallorca Spain 9 October 2003 1 July 2004 40 17 5 18 042.50 [43]
Spain Spain 1 July 2004 30 June 2008 54 38 12 4 070.37 [44]
Fenerbahçe Turkey 5 July 2008 2 June 2009 53 28 11 14 052.83 [45]
Career Total 1,151 567 262 322 049.26

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Manager[edit]

Atlético Madrid
Barcelona
Spain
Individual

Thierry Henry controversy[edit]

In 2004, Aragonés was appointed coach of Spain. During a training session in the same year, a Spanish TV crew filmed Aragonés making offensive comments to José Antonio Reyes about Reyes' black Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry, saying:

Tell that black shit that you are much better than him. Don't hold back, tell him. Tell him from me. You have to believe in yourself, you're better than that black shit.[50]

The incident caused uproar in the English media with calls for Aragonés to be sacked or suspended of his duties, however the Spanish Football Federation stated that "his offence has not been deemed serious enough to warrant a suspension of his duties, or his sacking" [51][52] After an investigation into the events during the match, UEFA fined the Royal Spanish Football Federation 100,000 Swiss francs/US$87,000 and warned that any future incidents would be punished more severely. UEFA noted that possible punishments could include suspension from major international tournaments or the closure of Spain's home international matches to supporters.

In response to this, Aragonés said in public that he was not a racist, and claimed that he had black friends. Brazilian-born black midfielder Marcos Senna stated:

He is not a racist. Aragonés is a spectacular person. [Former Spain defender] Donato, who is black, is one of his best friends. Maybe something escaped, a word, and he was misinterpreted. He helped a lot bringing me to the Spain team, and the fact people thought he was racist was minimised by the fact he called me. I see the way he treats me and how he likes me. 'He calls me "The Brazilian". Sometimes I take a free-kick in training and he shouts, "Hey Brazilian, don't take it that way, hit a folha seca [falling leaf] like Nelinho [scorer of a World Cup goal in 1978]." He is a surprising guy, because he is really serious, but then he comes with jokes. The guys adore Aragonés.[53]

Aragonés later criticised England's colonial past in the build-up to a match between the two national teams in November 2004 which was also overshadowed by racist abuse aimed at non-white English players.[54] These comments were criticised by Bobby Barnes, a member of the Professional Footballers' Association's executive and a trustee of the football anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, who suggested that Aragonés' comments on colonialism were an attempt "...to justify his offensive and disgraceful statement".[55]

Death & legacy[edit]

Aragonés died on 1 February 2014 at 6:15am in Clínica CEMTRO hospital in Madrid, from leukemia.[56][57][58][59][60]

The Royal Spanish Football Federation released a statement of "grief and shock" at the death of the man who was the coach at "the start of its most glorious era of successes on the world stage".[61] Diego Simeone, incumbent manager of Atlético Madrid, spoke on the day of Aragonés' death, saying, "From here I want to send a very strong message to his family. Everyone at Atletico is hurting at the loss of such an important part of the club and for the Spanish football."[62] Aragonés' successor as the coach of Spanish national team, Vicente Del Bosque gave his word, “ We’ve woken up to a sad news. Luis has been the father of the successes for the National Team. We are in his hall and I think we will always carry him in our memory. ”[63]

His funeral was held on 2 February in Madrid with the attendance including Spanish players Carles Puyol, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi.[64][65] He was buried in the cemetery of La Paz in Alcobendas.[66]

At the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final, Atlético Madrid wore shirts with Aragonés' name written in gold on the inside of the collar.[67]

Atlético Madrid pays tribute to Luis Aragonés in the club membership cards for 2019-20 season.[68]

A statue dedicated to him will be erected outside Atlético Madrid's home-ground, the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. [69]

See also[edit]

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