Nando Yosu

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Nando Yosu
Personal information
Full name Fernando Trío Zabala
Date of birth (1939-07-08)8 July 1939
Place of birth Mungia, Spain
Date of death 20 February 2016(2016-02-20) (aged 76)
Place of death Santander, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Nueva Montaña
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1962 Racing Santander 101 (23)
1959–1960 Rayo Cantabria (loan)
1962–1964 Valencia 8 (1)
1963–1964 Racing Santander (loan) 28 (1)
1964–1966 Athletic Bilbao 30 (0)
1966–1969 Pontevedra 28 (0)
1969–1971 Calvo Sotelo 48 (6)
1971–1972 Gimnástica
Total 243 (31)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Gimnástica
1973–1975 Gimnástica
1977–1979 Racing Santander
1979–1981 Oviedo
1982–1984 Linares
1984 Granada
1985–1986 Alavés
1988–1989 Alzira
1990 Orihuela Deportiva
1992 Ponferradina
1992–1994 Granada
1996 Racing Santander
1998–1999 Racing Santander
2005 Racing Santander
2006 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 Trío and the second or maternal family name is Zabala.

Fernando Trío Zabala (8 July 1939 – 20 February 2016), known as Nando Yosu, was a Spanish football midfielder and manager.

His extensive career, as both a player and coach, was mainly associated to Racing de Santander.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Mungia, Basque Country, Yosu played professionally during roughly one decade, appearing in 122 matches in La Liga where he represented Racing de Santander, Valencia CF, Athletic Bilbao and Pontevedra CF, retiring in 1972 at only 31 after spells with CF Calvo Sotelo in Segunda División and lowly Gimnástica de Torrelavega from Tercera División.

In his beginnings, Yosu was also loaned by Racing to Deportivo Rayo Cantabria, at the time acting as a feeder team. Whilst with the Che he was used rarely in the league – also being loaned to Santander – but scored twice against FC Barcelona in the 1961–62 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final, a 6–2 home win (7–3 on aggregate).[2]

Manager career[edit]

Immediately after retiring, Yosu began coaching at his last team Gimnástica, even though he did not possess the obligatory licence. Afterwards he returned to main club Racing, starting with its youth teams.

From 1977 to 1979, Yosu served as head manager for Santander, but would work with the club in several other capacities, from match delegate to director of football.[3] Additionally, in no fewer than five occasions, as an interim manager in the 90's/2000's, he successfully led the side away from relegation zone, always in the top level.[4][5][6]

In March 2007, Yosu was honoured by the Government of Cantabria for his contribution to football in the area.[7] He retired from the football world for good in January 2009, after leaving his post as Racing's director of football.[8]


Yosu died in Santander on 20 February 2016 at the age of 76, from the effects of Alzheimer's disease.[9]




  1. ^ "Otro 'milagro Yosu' para el Racing" [Another 'Yosu miracle' for Racing] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 May 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Valencia CF 6–2 FC Barcelona" (in Spanish). CiberChe. 8 September 1962. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nando Yosu, nuevo director deportivo del Racing" [Nando Yosu, new Racing sporting director]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 26 May 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Racing destituye a Alcaraz y Nando Yosu se hace cargo de equipo" [Racing fires Alcaraz and Nando Yosu takes charge of team]. El País (in Spanish). 9 February 2005. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Racing canta su particular alirón" [Racing sings its own alirón]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 7 May 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "El último milagro de Nando Yosu" [Nando Yosu's final miracle]. Vavel (in Spanish). 23 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nando Yosu será homenajeado en la Gala del Deporte cántabro" [Nando Yosu to be honoured at the Cantabrian Sports Gala]. El Diario Montañés (in Spanish). 16 December 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Nando Yosu regresa a El Sardinero" [Nando Yosu returns to El Sardinero]. El Diario Montañés (in Spanish). 9 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Fallece Nando Yosu, histórico entrenador del Racing" [Nando Yosu, Racing's historical manager, dies]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Nando Yosu: el éxito de la humildad" [Nando Yosu: the success of humility]. Vavel (in Spanish). 22 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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