Luis del Sol
Del Sol in 1962
|Full name||Luis del Sol Cascajares|
|Date of birth||6 April 1935|
|Place of birth||Arcos de Jalón, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Retiro San Miguel|
|1953–1954||→ Utrera (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Luis del Sol Cascajares (born 6 April 1935) is a Spanish retired football player and manager.
A former midfielder, he played in 112 La Liga games for Betis and Real Madrid combined (28 goals scored), winning five major titles with the latter side, and earning several Ballon d'Or nominations. He later had brief spells as manager with the former club.
Del Sol was born in Arcos de Jalón, Soria, relocating with his family to Andalusia at age two months. In his country, he played for Real Betis and Real Madrid; with the former he was part of the squads that promoted to Segunda División (1954) and La Liga (1958), appearing in 40 games with the club in the latter category over the course of one 1/2 seasons and scoring six goals.
Signing with the Merengues in January 1960 for 6.5 million pesetas, del Sol netted a career-best 17 goals in his first full season, while not missing one single minute of action in his 29 appearances as his team won the national championship, after starting the season with the Intercontinental Cup triumph against C.A. Peñarol.
In the 1962 summer, aged 27, del Sol moved abroad and signed for Juventus, becoming the club's first ever Spanish player; he made 292 outings in eight seasons for the Turin-based side (228 in Serie A, 26 in the Coppa Italia, and 38 in European Competitions), scoring 29 goals (20 in Serie A, 6 in the Coppa Italia, and 3 in European competitions), and winning the Coppa Italia in 1965, and the Serie A title in 1967. In 1970, he joined A.S. Roma, collecting 57 appearances and scoring four goals during his two-year stint in the Italian capital, and also serving as the club's captain, just as compatriot had Joaquín Peiró before him. In total, he remained one full decade in Italy.
Del Sol returned to Betis for the 1972–73 season. After the Verdiblancos' top flight relegation the 38-year-old decided to retire from football, going on to later coach Betis on several spells, starting with its youth sides and being in charge for 13 games as the club returned to division one in 2001.
Del Sol represented the country at the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups (playing four matches in total), and was also part of the championship-winning squad at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, although he did not appear in the final stages.
|1.||26 October 1960||Wembley, London, England||England||1–1||4–2||Friendly|
|2.||11 June 1961||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Argentina||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||12 November 1961||Marcel Cerdan, Casablanca, Morocco||Morocco||0–1||0–1||1962 World Cup qualification|
Style of play
A complete midfielder, Luis del Sol was considered to be one of the best players in the world in his position during the 1960s. A physically strong, dynamic, intelligent, and technically skilful player, he was mainly known for his pace, work-rate, tenacity, and stamina, and was also noted for his ability to chase down opponents, break down the opposition's moves, and subsequently start attacking plays for his team, courtesy of his movement off the ball and distribution. In addition to his abilities as a footballer, he was also known for his strong character, leadership, temperament, and dedication on the pitch. Because of his ability to cover the pitch, his Real Madrid teammate Alfredo Di Stéfano gave him the nickname the postman.
- Real Madrid
- European Cup: 1959–60
- Intercontinental Cup: 1960
- La Liga: 1960–61, 1961–62
- Copa del Generalísimo: 1961–62
- Anglo-Italian Cup: 1972
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