Pirri (left) with coach László Kubala in 1973
|Full name||José Martínez Sánchez|
|Date of birth||11 March 1945|
|Place of birth||Ceuta, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Sweeper|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
José Martínez Sánchez, nicknamed Pirri (born 11 March 1945 in Ceuta), is a retired Spanish footballer. Pirri is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish footballers to have ever lived. He played as a central midfielder for Real Madrid and Spain until he was 28 years old before moving to play as sweeper. He also served as captain of Real Madrid from 1976 to 1980. Pirri is married to former Spanish actress Sonia Bruno.
Pirri was well known for leadership skills and ferocity (belying his small stature). However his best asset was his stamina, allowing him contribute regularly to both the attack and defense without relenting. Pirri was also a very good passer and scored a remarkable amount goals for a defensive player (123 league goals).
He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Champion Clubs' Cup. He was part of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team.
After retiring Pirri completed his studies to qualify as a physician and joined Madrid's medical staff.
- Real Madrid
- European Cup: 1965–66
- Spanish League: 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80
- Spanish Cup: 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pirri (football).|
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- Pirri at National-Football-Teams.com
- MedioTiempo profile (Spanish)
- Real Madrid archives (Spanish)
- International appearances at RSSSF
- Pirri – FIFA competition record
|Real Madrid C.F. captain