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Luis Suárez
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Personal information
Full name Luis Suárez Miramontes
Date of birth 2 May 1935 (1935-05-02) (age 74)
Place of birth A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Inside Left
Youth career
Perseverancia
1949-1953 Fabril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953-1954 Deportivo La Coruña 17 (3)
1954–1955 CD España Industrial ? (?)
1954–1961 FC Barcelona 122 (61)
1961–1970 Internazionale 256 (42)
1970–1973 Sampdoria 63 (9)
National team
1957–1972 Spain 32 (14)
Teams managed
1975-1975 Internazionale
1975 Sampdoria
1975–1976 SPAL 1907
1976–1977 Como Calcio 1907
1977–1978 Cagliari
1978–1979 Deportivo de La Coruña
1980–1982 Spain U-21s
1988-1991 Spain
1992 Internazionale
1994 Albacete Balompié
1995 Internazionale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luis Suárez Miramontes (born May 2, 1935) is a Spanish former footballer and manager. He played as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, CD España Industrial, CF Barcelona, Internazionale, Sampdoria and Spain. Suárez who usually played as an inside left, is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players. He was noted for his perceptive passing and explosive shot and in 1960 he became the only Spanish-born player to date to be voted the European Footballer of the Year. In 1964 he helped Spain win the European Championship. He was also a prominent member of the successful CF Barcelona team of the 1950s before he joined Inter where he was an equally prominent member of the legendary Great Inter side of the 1960s. He retired as a player in 1973, after three seasons at Sampdoria.

Suárez subsequently began a career as a coach and has managed Internazionale on three separate occasions, the last two on a caretaker basis. Suárez has also coached both Spain U21s and the senior Spain team. He was in charge of the latter for 27 games and led them to the second round of the 1990 World Cup. He has also coached several Italian and Spanish club sides. He is currently a scout for Inter.

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Biography

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Early career

Suárez was born in A Coruña, Galicia. He lived on the Avenida de Hércules in the barrio of La Torre .

He began his career with Deportivo de La Coruña in 1949 and worked his way through the junior sides before making his La Liga debut with Deportivo on December 6, 1953 in a 6-1 defeat to FC Barcelona. Among his team mates at Deportivo were Pahiño and Arsenio Iglesias. He played 17 games and scored 3 goals for Deportivo during the remaining season. In 1954 he transferred to CF Barcelona and but spent most of the 1954/55 season playing for CD España Industrial, their reserve team.

CF Barcelona

Between 1955 and 1961 Suárez was a regular in a CF Barcelona team that also included Ladislao Kubala, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, Ramallets and Evaristo. With Helenio Herrera as coach, the club and Suárez won a La Liga/Copa del Generalísimo double in 1959 and a La Liga/Fairs Cup double in 1960. Suárez was also voted European Footballer of the Year in 1960. One of his last games for FC Barcelona was the final of the European Cup in 1961 which they lost 3-2 to S.L. Benfica.

Internazionale

In 1961 Suárez became the world's most expensive footballer when FC Barcelona sold him to Internazionale for 250 million Italian liras (£142,000). The move saw him follow his mentor Helenio Herrera.

Suárez became a regular in the Great Inter team that won three Serie A titles, two consecutive European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Between 1961 and 1970 he made 328 appearances for Inter and scored 55 goals.

Spain

Suárez also played 32 games for Spain and scored 14 goals. He made his debut on December 6, 1957 in a 6-1 victory over Holland and represented Spain at both the 1962 and 1966 World Cups. However his greatest achievement with Spain came in 1964 when, together with Josep Fusté, Amancio Amaro, José Ángel Iribar and Jesús María Pereda, he helped them win the European Championship. He played his final game for Spain in 1972.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1953-54 Deportivo La Coruña La Liga 17 3 - - 17 3
1953-54 Barcelona La Liga 0 0 7 0 - 7 0
1954-55 CD Condal Segunda División
1954-55 Barcelona La Liga 6 3 1 1 - 7 4
1955-56 17 6 2 0 0 0 19 6
1956-57 21 13 2 0 0 0 21 13
1957-58 12 2 6 5 2 2 20 9
1958-59 26 14 9 6 2 0 37 20
1959-60 23 13 2 0 10 1 35 14
1960-61 17 10 0 0 11 5 28 15
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1961-62 Internazionale Milano Serie A 27 11 - 5 4 32 15
1962-63 29 8 1 0 - 30 8
1963-64 27 3 - 9 1 36 4
1964-65 29 8 3 1 9 2 41 11
1965-66 27 5 2 0 7 0 36 5
1966-67 32 3 2 1 9 1 43 5
1967-68 29 2 9 1 - 38 3
1968-69 29 1 - - 29 1
1969-70 28 1 5 1 10 1 43 3
1970-71 Sampdoria Serie A 28 5
1971-72 27 4
1972-73 8 0
Total Spain
Italy 320 51
Career Total

Honours

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Country

Individual

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Omar Sivori
World football transfer record
1961–1963
Succeeded by
Angelo Sormani
Preceded by
Alfredo Di Stéfano
European Footballer of the Year
1960
Succeeded by
Omar Sivori

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