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Isidro Lángara
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Full name Isidro Lángara Galarraga
Date of birth 25 May 1912(1912-05-25)
Place of birth    Pasaia, Spain
Date of death    21 August 1992 (aged 80)
Place of death    Andoain, Spain
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1930–1936
1938–1939
1939–1943
1943–1946
1946–1948
Real Oviedo
Club Deportivo Euzkadi
San Lorenzo de Almagro
Real Club España[1]
Real Oviedo
02200(281)
0 0
01210(110)
068 0(105)
029 0(23)   
National team
1932–1936 Spain 012 0(17)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Isidro Lángara Galarraga (25 May 1912 in Pasaia, Guipúzcoa — 21 August 1992 in Andoain) was a Spanish football striker. He played 12 times for Spain, scoring 17 goals.

Biography

He played for a number of clubs, including Real Oviedo, Mexican sides Asturias and Real Club España and Argentinian side San Lorenzo.

He was signed by Oviedo in 1930 and remained with the club until July 1936 when the civil war led to the league being suspended. At Oviedo he was the figurehead of the celebrated "Delanteros Electricas", a forward line of lightning quick youthful talent that steam-rolled teams with high tempo highly skilled play; but for the onset of war the team would have surely improved upon the two third places in the seasons that preceded the war.

He was the winner of the Pichichi Trophy, awarded to the top scorer in the Spanish League, in the three seasons before the war, with 27 goals in 1933-34, 26 goals in 1934-35 and 27 goals in 1935-36.

With the onset of war he emigrated to Mexico (aged 24) never to add to the 17 goals in 12 matches for Spain. (Overseas players weren't considered for selection; even so currently he is in 9th place of Spanish international goalscorers.)

Playing for Real Club España de Mexico he was top scorer in successive seasons in Mexico with 27 and 38 goals respectively.

His debut for San Lorenzo in 1939 was against perennial league champions River Plate and he scored 4 goals in a 4–2 victory, after arriving to Argentina in the morning of the same day.

In 1940 Langara was the joint top scorer in the Argentine Primera with 33 goals in 34 games (his record in Argentina playing for San Lorenzo - 110 goals in 121 matches). He also holds the record of scoring most goals in a match in Argentina - 7 - that still stands today.

With Langara San Lorenzo broke the River Plate monopoly and won the Argentinian league title; the team then went on to a tour of Spain and Portugal that was one of the highlights of the club's history. After losing to Real Madrid, it went on to defeat Barcelona and both the Spanish and Portuguese national teams; the Spanish press acclaimed San Lorenzo as "the best team in the world". Langara was San Lorenzo's star player alongside René Pontoni (courted by Barcelona but remained in Argentina) and Reinaldo Martino (who would later become a star with Juventus).

He is the only player to be top scorer in major leagues on three different continents; only the great Alfredo Di Stefano and Romário have matched the feat of being top scorer in three separate countries.

In 1946 he was awarded CONCACAF player of the year – the top player in all the northern and Central American leagues. His record In Mexico with Real Club España (2 + 4 seasons) and Asturias (1 season) was 282 goals in 210 matches.

Langara was offered the chance of returning to Spain to play for Real Oviedo, again. The following season, 1946-47 and back in Spain, he scored a respectable 18 goals for the team. This tally left him fourth, behind Zarra, Pruden and Calvo for the Pichichi Trophy, proving that at 34 years of age he could still perform at the highest level. At the end of the season Langara stunned Oviedo by announcing his retirement and emigrating back to live in Mexico.

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Retirement

After retirement he spent the majority of his years in South America returning to his home region in Spain in his late seventies where he died in 1992.

His managerial career is sketchy but his achievements are as follows:

He managed Club de Deportes Unión Española in 1951 winning the Chilean league title.

He managed Puebla F.C. in 1952-53 winning the Mexican Cup Final.

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