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Jesús María Zamora Ansorena (born 1 January 1955 in Rentería, Guipúzcoa) is a former Spanish footballer, in the midfielder position.

Football career

Born near San Sebastián, Zamora played his entire professional career with local outfit Real Sociedad. After a slow 1974–75 (nine matches), he went on to amass a further 446 top flight matches in the next 14 years, being an instrumental figure of the club alongside namesake Jesús María Satrústegui.

Zamora's finest hour as a player undoubtedly came on the last game (and literally the last second) of the 1980–81 season, as he scored the tying goal at Sporting de Gijón, giving the Basque the needed point to clinch the league title at the expense of Real Madrid, as its players were already celebrating after a 3–1 win at Real Valladolid, only to be told about Zamora's feat over a radio broadcast. He scored three in 31 matches the following season, as Sociedad renewed its domestic supremacy.

After retiring in 1989, Zamora worked with his only club in several capacities. From 2002–04, he assisted Raynald Denoueix and aided to a runner-up position in his second year. However, after another legendary teammate, José Mari Bakero, was relieved of his general manager duties by him, in late 2006, the season ended in relegation, a first-ever, and Zamora too resigned.

Zamora played for Spain 30 times, and scored three goals; his debut came in a friendly with Italy, on December 21, 1978. He took part in the UEFA Euro 1980 and 1982 FIFA World Cup finals, retiring after the 0–0 draw against England, on July 5, 1982, in the latter competition - this would also be longtime clubmate Satrústegui's last match.

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