Miguel Muñoz

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Miguel Muñoz
Training Real Madrid in Amsterdam, trainer Munoz (kop).jpg
Muñoz in 1973
Personal information
Full name Miguel Muñoz Mozún
Date of birth (1922-01-19)19 January 1922
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 16 July 1990(1990-07-16) (aged 68)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1940–1941 Ferroviaria
1941–1942 Girod
1942–1943 Imperio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1944 Logroñés
1944–1946 Racing Santander
1946–1948 Celta 36 (1)
1948–1958 Real Madrid 223 (23)
National team
1949 Spain B 1 (0)
1948–1955 Spain 7 (0)
Teams managed
1959 Real Madrid
1959–1960 Plus Ultra
1960–1974 Real Madrid
1969 Spain
1975–1976 Granada
1977–1979 Las Palmas
1979–1982 Sevilla
1982–1988 Spain

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Muñoz and the second or maternal family name is Mozún.

Miguel Muñoz Mozún (19 January 1922 – 16 July 1990) was a Spanish football player and manager.

A midfielder, he spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid before going on to coach the club, where he was considered one of the most successful managers in its history,[1] leading the team to two European Cup victories and nine La Liga titles (winning seven major titles in both major competitions combined as a player).

Muñoz later had a six-year coaching spell with the Spanish national team, and led it to the final of Euro 1984.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Muñoz played for various junior teams in the area, but initially failed to attract the attention of Real Madrid, going on to subsequently represent CD Logroñés, Racing de Santander and Celta de Vigo. In 1948 he, together with the likes of Pahiño, helped the latter finish fourth in La Liga and reach the Copa del Generalísimo final, where he scored in the 1–4 defeat to Sevilla CF.[2]

The following season, both players signed for Real Madrid, and Muñoz went on to appear in 347 official matches with the club from the capital. Additionally, he gained seven caps for Spain, but never appeared in any major tournament.

Muñoz scored Real's first ever goal in the European Cup, helping to a 2–0 away win against Servette FC on 8 September 1955. Subsequently, he captained the team in two consecutive competition wins in 1956 and 1957, and retired from football the following year at nearly 36.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Muñoz served a brief apprenticeship as coach of Real's reserve team, then named Plus Ultra CF, before being appointed coach of the main squad in 1959. His time in charge was one of the club's most successful eras as, under his guidance, it won the league nine times; this included a five-in-a-row sequence (1961–65) and another three consecutive.

On the European front, Muñoz led Real Madrid to two more wins in the Champions Cup, in 1960 and 1966. As a result, he became the first person to win the competition both as a player and a coach, which was later matched by Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane; he left in 1974 after 16 seasons, as the side's longest-serving and most successful coach.[3]

After seven more club seasons (Granada CF, Hércules CF, UD Las Palmas and Sevilla), Muñoz took the reins of the Spanish national team after their group stage exit in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, on home soil. Previously, he had had a four-game interim spell in the late 60's, and eventually led the country to the UEFA Euro 1984 runner-up place, as well as the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup.

Death[edit]

Muñoz died in Madrid aged 68, from bleeding due to esophageal varices.[4]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Real Madrid

Manager[edit]

Real Madrid
Spain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club day: Real Madrid – The best managers". Goal.com. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Miguel Muñoz" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Biography at Real Madrid Fans (Spanish)
  4. ^ Miguel Muñoz muere a los 68 años de edad (Miguel Muñoz dies at the age of 68); El País, 17 July 1990 (Spanish)

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