Luis del Sol

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Luis del Sol
Luis del Sol 1962.jpg
Del Sol in 1962
Personal information
Full name Luis del Sol Cascajares
Date of birth (1935-04-06) 6 April 1935 (age 82)
Place of birth Arcos de Jalón, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
San Gerónimo
Retiro San Miguel
1951–1953 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1959 Betis 101 (27)
1953–1954 Utrera (loan)
1960–1962 Real Madrid 55 (22)
1962–1970 Juventus 228 (20)
1970–1972 Roma 50 (4)
1972–1973 Betis 17 (0)
Total 451 (73)
National team
1959 Spain U21 1 (0)
1957–1959 Spain B 3 (0)
1960–1966 Spain 16 (3)
Teams managed
Jerez Industrial
Betis (youth)
1986–1987 Betis
1990 Recreativo
2001 Betis
* 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 represented Spain in two World Cups in the 1960s.

Club career[edit]

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.[1]

del Sol at Juventus in 1963

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.[1]

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.[1][2][3] 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.[4][5]

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.[1]

International career[edit]

Del Sol won 16 caps for the Spanish national team, scoring three goals.[2] His debut came on 15 May 1960 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, playing the second half of a 3–0 friendly win with England.

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][2]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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[edit]

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.[1][2][4][5][6][7][8]



Real Madrid[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Del Sol". Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Stefano Bedeschi (6 April 2017). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Luis der Sol" [The heroes in black and white: Luis del Sol] (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Players and coaches who unite Juve and Madrid". 5 May 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Eight Spanish stars who've played for Roma". A.S. Roma. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "From Del Sol to Totti: The last 10 Roma captains". A.S. Roma. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Del Sol" (in Italian). Enciclopedie del Calcio. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Tony Damascelli (4 May 2015). "Da Del Sol a Morata, un filo tra Juve e Real" [From Del Sol to Morata, a link between Juve and Real] (in Italian). Il Giornale. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Del Sol allo Juventus Museum" [Del Sol at the Juventus Museum] (in Italian). 12 June 2014. Archived from the original on 15 June 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 

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