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Ricardo Zamora
Personal information
Date of birth 21 January 1901(1901-01-21)
Place of birth    Barcelona, Spain
Date of death    September 15, 1978 (aged 77)
Place of death    Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1914–1916 Universitari SC
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1916–1919
1919–1922
1922–1930
1930–1936
1936–1938
RCD Español
FC Barcelona
RCD Español
Real Madrid
OGC Nice


26 (0)
82 (0)
   
National team
1920–1936
1920–1930
Spain
Catalan XI
46 (0)
Teams managed
1937-1938
1939–1946
1946–1948
1949–1951
1952
1954–1955
1955–1957
19??–1960
1960–1961
OGC Nice
Atlético Aviación
Celta de Vigo
CD Málaga
Spain
Celta de Vigo
RCD Español
Celta de Vigo
RCD Español

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

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver 1920 Antwerp Team competition

Ricard Zamora i Martínez (21 January 1901 — 15 September 1978) was a Spanish footballer and manager. He played as a goalkeeper for, among others, RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. As an international he played for both the Catalan XI and Spain. As a manager he won two La Liga titles with Atlético Aviación and briefly managed Spain.

Zamora, nicknamed El Divino, was noted for wearing a cloth cap and a white polo-neck jumper on the field, a look later copied by several of his contemporaries. He claimed it was to protect him from both the sun and his opponents. He was also noted for his bravery. In 1929 while playing for Spain against England, he carried on playing despite breaking his sternum. Spain won the game 4-3, becoming the first team from outside of the British Isles to defeat England. Zamora is also remembered for a spectacular last minute save he made in the 1936 Copa de España final while playing for Real Madrid against FC Barcelona. The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honour and he was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. He was also Spain's most capped player for 38 years until being surpassed by José Ángel Iribar.

Zamora was also the subject of controversy throughout his career. He allegedly enjoyed drinking Cognac and smoking up to three packs of cigarettes a day. During the 1920 Olympic Games he was sent off against Italy after punching an opponent and on the way back from the same tournament he was arrested, imprisoned and fined for attempting to smuggle Havana cigars. In 1922 he was suspended for a year when he lied to the tax authorities about the signing on fee he received when he returned to RCD Español. He also received 40,000 pesetas of the 150,000 peseta fee that took him from RCD Español to Real Madrid.

Zamora’s apparent political allegiances were also the subject of debate and controversy. Despite playing regularly for the Catalan XI, he was accused of rejecting Catalan nationalism because he spent the majority of his playing career at RCD Español and Real Madrid. In 1934 he was awarded an Order of the Republic medal by his namesake Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, president of the Second Spanish Republic, but during the Spanish Civil War he was exploited by Nationalist propagandists and he played in a benefit game for their cause. During the 1950s he was awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Cisneros by Franco.

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Club career

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RCD Español

Zamora began his career as a junior with Universitari SC before signing for RCD Español in 1916. He helped RCD Español win the Campionat de Catalunya in 1918 before an argument with one of the club's directors saw him being transferred to local rivals FC Barcelona in 1919. After three successful seasons at Barça he returned to Español in 1922. On 2 February 1929, he made his La Liga debut with RCD Español during the competitions inaugural season. In the same year he also helped the club win both the Campionat de Catalunya and their first ever Copa del Rey in 1929. The team was coached by Jack Greenwell and also included Ricardo Saprissa. In the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey they beat Athletic Madrid 9-3 on aggregate before beating eventual La Liga champions, FC Barcelona, 3-1 in the semi-finals and Real Madrid 2-1 in the final. After playing 26 La Liga games for RCD Español, he joined Real Madrid in 1930.

FC Barcelona

Between 1919 and 1922 Zamora was a prominent member of the legendary FC Barcelona team, coached by Jack Greenwell, that also included his close friend Josep Samitier, Sagibarbá, Paulino Alcántara and Félix Sesúmaga. During his time at FC Barcelona he helped the team win the Campionat de Catalunya three times and the Copa del Rey twice.

Real Madrid

In 1930 Zamora signed for Real Madrid, at the time known as Madrid CF. He was one of several new arrivals, and among the others was Jacinto Quincoces. During the 1931–32 season they helped the club win La Liga for the first time. The following season Zamora and Quincoces were joined at the club by Josep Samitier and the trio helped Real retain the title. In 1934 Francisco Bru took over as the Real coach and he guided Zamora and company to victory in two Copa de España finals. In 1934 they beat a Valencia CF team coached by Jack Greenwell 2-1. The 1936 final saw Real Madrid meet FC Barcelona for the first time in a cup final. Despite playing with ten men for most of the game, the Madrid club beat Barça 2-1 at the Mestalla. Barça’s attempts to equalise in the final minutes were thwarted by Zamora’s spectacular save from Josep Escolà.

International career

Spain

In 1920 together with Josep Samitier, Félix Sesúmaga, Pichichi and José María Belauste, Zamora was a member of the first ever Spanish national squad. The squad, coached by Francisco Bru, won the silver medal at the 1920 Olympic Games. Zamora subsequently made 46 official appearances for Spain and also represented them at the 1934 World Cup.

Catalan XI

Zamora also played at least 13 games for the Catalan XI. However records from the era do not always include accurate statistics and he may have played more. Together with Paulino Alcántara, Sagibarbá and Josep Samitier he helped the Catalan XI win an inter-regional competition, the Copa Princep de Asturies, three times during the 1920s.

Spanish Civil War Prisoner

In July 1936 during the early days of the Spanish Civil War, ABC falsely reported that Zamora had been killed by Republicans. The Nationalists then attempted to exploit this as propaganda. However Zamora was alive and well and, as rumours began to spread of his death, he was arrested by Republican militia and then imprisoned at the Modelo prison. Among his fellow prisoners were Ramón Serrano Súñer and Rafael Sánchez Mazas. His life was saved by both the actions of the prison governor Melchor Rodríguez García and because of his own willingness to play and talk football with the guards. Zamora was eventually released after the Argentinian Embassy interceded on his behalf. He then made his way to France where he was reunited with Josep Samitier at OGC Nice. He later returned to Spain and in 8 December 1938 played for a Spain XI against Real Sociedad in a benefit game for Nationalist soldiers.

Coaching career

In 1939 Zamora was appointed coach of Atlético de Madrid, then known as Athletic Aviación and later to become Atlético Aviación, following a merger with Aviación Nacional, a Spanish Air Force team. With Zamora as manager, the club won their first La Liga in 1940 and then retained the title in 1941. In 1946 he moved to Celta de Vigo and during the 1947–48, he led a Celta team that included Pahiño and Miguel Muñoz to fourth in La Liga and the Copa del Generalísimo final. In June 1952 he coached Spain for two games. He later returned to Celta de Vigo and then had two spells as coach at RCD Español.

Honours

Player

RCD Español

FC Barcelona

Real Madrid

Catalan XI

  • Copa Princep de Asturies: 3
    • 1922, 1924, 1926

Spain

Manager

Atlético Aviación

Celta de Vigo

Sources

  • Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football (2003), Phil Ball. [1]
  • Barça: A People’s Passion (1998), Jimmy Burns. [2]

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Simple English

Ricardo Zamora
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Zamora
Date of birth 21 January 1901(1901-01-21)
Place of birth    Barcelona, Spain
Date of death    15 September 1978 (aged 77)
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1917-1918
1918-1922
1922-1930
1930-1936
1937-1938
Espanyol Barcelona
Barcelona
Espanyol Barcelona
Real Madrid
Nice
National team
1920-1936 Spain
Teams managed
1937-1938
1939-1946
1946-1949
1949-1951
1952
1954-1955
1955-1957
1960-1961
Nice
Athletic Aviación / Atlético Aviación
Celta Vigo
Málaga
Spain
Celta Vigo
Espanyol Barcelona
Espanyol Barcelona

Ricardo Zamora (born 21 January 1901 - died 15 September 1978) is a former Spanish football player. He has played for Spain national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
1929Espanyol BarcelonaLa Liga150
1929/30260
1930/31Real MadridLa Liga120
1931/32170
1932/33180
1933/34120
1934/35160
1935/3670
CountrySpain 1230
Total 1230

International career statistics

[1]

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
192050
192120
192220
192330
192430
192550
192610
192730
192820
192930
193030
193130
193210
193340
193440
193510
193610
Total460

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