Thursday, August 24, 2017

Real Madrid Greatest All-Time Team Under Miguel Muñoz

Miguel Muñoz

Please also see my All-TimeTeam Index.
Real Madrid All-Time Team
Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Florentina Perez

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Real Madrid under Miguel Muñoz.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Miguel Muñoz was the coach of Real Madrid from 1960 to 1974, leading the team to two European Cup victories and nine La Liga titles.  In 1960, he led Real Madrid in the famous victory against Eintracht Frankfrut in Glasgow.  Many considered it as the greatest game ever played.  In 1966, he led the team known as Ye-Ye team as they won the 1966 European Cup.

Francisco Gento with Ye-Ye team in 1966

GK:  Rogelio Dominguez (Argentina)
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas players.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.
Rogelio Dominguez 

GK: García Remón (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Remón was best known for his spells with Real Madrid. He then began an interesting battle for first-choice status with Miguel Ángel González which would last for the vast majority of his stay. Remón would start from 1971 to 1973 and 1979 to 1981. Earned two caps for Spain.

GK: Antonio Betancort (Spain)
Betancourt played as a goalkeeper for Las Palmas, Real Madrid, and Deportivo La Coruña, as well as for the Spanish national team. He went to the 1966 World Cup Finals in England.

RB: Marquitos (Spain)
During his career, he played for hometown's Racing de Santander, Real Madrid, Hércules CF, Real Murcia, Calvo Sotelo and Toluca de Santander. With the Merengues, he won six La Liga championships and five European Cups: in the 1955–56 edition of the latter, he scored a rare goal as he equalized 3–3 against Stade de Reims, in an eventual 4–3 success. Capped twice.

CB: Manuel Sanchís Martínez (Spain)
Like his son, Manuel, he represented Real Madrid and Spain. They were one of only three father/son pairs to have won the European Cup/Champions League.  He played in 213 La Liga games over the course of ten seasons.  He also represented CD Condal, Real Valladolid and Córdoba CF.  An international during nearly two years, Sanchís appeared with the national team at the 1966 World Cup.
Manuel Sanchís Martínez 
CB: Ignacio Zoco (Spain)
Zoco played 12 years of his professional career with Real Madrid, appearing in more than 400 official games and winning ten major titles. He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1966. Zoco played more than 20 times with Spain, winning the 1964 European Nations' Cup and also representing the nation at the 1966 World Cup.

CB: Jose Santamaria (Uruguay)
Jose Santamaria was a member of Real Madrid's all-conquering team of the late 1950's.  He spent his 18-year career with Nacional and Real Madrid, winning 17 major titles the two teams combined, including four European Cups with the latter.  He was considered one of the best ever center-backs. He played for Uruguay at the 1954 WC Finals, but played for Spain 4 years later in 1958.

CB: Pedro de Felipe (Spain)
Pedro de Felipe arrived at Real Madrid in 1964 at the age of 20, from Rayo Vallecano.  He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1966.  In 1972, he left for Espanyol. Capped once.

CB: Benito (Spain)
Benito started as a track and field star. He signed for Real Madrid in the 1963. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.  Capped 22 times.

LB: Pachín (Spain)
Pachín signed for Real Madrid in 1959 from Segunda División club CA Osasuna. Pachín left the Merengues in May 1968, having appeared in 218 competitive games and scored two goals. He won 11 major titles during his spell, including seven national championships and the 1960 and 1966 editions of the European Cup.  He earned 8 caps and played in the World Cup Finals in 1962.

DM:  Jose Pirri (Spain)
He is regarded as one of Spain's greatest player.  He had 41 caps in a career that lasted 12 years. He played in two World Cup Finals: 1966 and 1978. He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Cup. He was a member of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team.  He also played for Granada.
 Jose Pirri 
CM: José María Zárraga (Spain)
Zárraga signed for Real Madrid in 1949, but made his La Liga debut in 1951.  From 1953–60, Zárraga was an important midfield unit as the Merengues won 11 major titles, including five consecutive European Cups. Earned 8 caps and served once as the captain of the national team.

CM: Fernando Serena (Spain)
Serena played for Real Madrid for five years, and was a part of their European Cup winning squad in 1966. He scored the winning goal in the final, receiving the ball on his chest, letting it bounce in front of him before volleying it in from outside the box. He earned one cap for the Spanish National Team. Serena also played for CA Osasuna, Elche CF, and UE Sant Andreu.

CM: Luis del Sol (Spain)
Luis del Sol started with Real Betis.  In 1960, he joined Real Madrid, winning five major titles with the latter side, and earning several Ballon d'Or nominations.  In the 1962, del Sol signed for Juventus, becoming the club's first ever Spanish player; he was assigned the club's number 10 shirt in 1965, following Omar Sívori's departure to Napoli, and made a total of 292 outings in eight seasons.  Del Sol represented Spain at the 1962 and 1966 World Cups and was also part of the championship-winning squad at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, 

RW/FW: Amancio Amaro (Spain)
Nicknamed "El Brujo".  He played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña before joining Real Madrid in 1962.  He was considered the star of the team in the 1960's. He scored one of the most beautiful goal in European Cup history when Real Madrid lifted the title in 1966.  He was capped 42 times. He won the 1964 European Football Championship.  
Amancio Amaro 

LW:  Francisco Gento (Spain)
He is regarded as one of the greatest left wings in history.  Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.  In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.
Francisco Gento with Miguel Munoz (R)

AM: Juan Santisteban (Spain)
Santisteban was a part of Real Madrid in the 1950's that won 5 straight European Cup. He also played for Venezia, Real Betis and Baltimore Bays.  He also earned 7 caps.

AM: Manuel Velázquez (Spain)
Except 3 loan seasons to Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid. He went on to appear in 402 competitive games for his main club whilst scoring 59 goals, winning six national championships, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. He ended his career at the age of 35, after six months in the North American Soccer League with Toronto Metros-Croatia. Earned 10 caps.
Manuel Velázquez 

CM/AM/FW:  Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina)
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

FW: Evaristo (Brazil)
Evaristo played for Madureira and Flamengo before moving to Barcelona in 1957, where he stayed until 1962. Then, in 1962, Samitier left Barcelona for Real Madrid, where he played between the two European Cup winning teams.  He was 14 times for Brazil.

FW: Ramon Grosso (Spain)
Grosso was home grown player from Real Madrid.  He had a a four-month spell with neighbouring Atlético Madrid before returning to Real Madrid, going on to remain there for the following 12 years. Even though he shared teams with the likes of Amancio Amaro, Francisco Gento or Ferenc Puskás, Grosso was team top scorer in his first two seasons. In the following years, Grosso played in several positions for Real Madrid, even being placed as goalkeeper in the Ramón de Carranza Trophy match with Boca Juniors.  Earned 14 caps.

ST: Carlos Santillana (Spain)
Santillana moved to Real Madrid from Racing de Santander in 1971 as a heir apparent to Puskus.  He played 17 seasons and over 450 matches for Real Madrid.  He won back-to-back UEFA Cup in the mid-1980's. He had 56 caps and scored 15 goals for Spain. He represented his country in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, as well as three European Championships: 1976, 1980 and 1984.
Carlos Santillana 

ST/FW: Ferenc Puskas  (Hungary)
He was one of the greatest footballers in history.  He scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary. He became Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player.  He played with Honved at home and went to Real Madrid after the Soviet invasion.  With Alfredo Di Stefano, Raymond Kapo, etc, Real Maadrid became the greatest club team in history.
Ferenc Puskas
Honorable Mention
José Luis Peinado, Manuel Bueno,Vicente Miera, José Araquistáin, Antonio Betancort, Jose Vicente Train

Squad Explanation
-- Miguel Angel did not play much under Miguel Muñoz. The third keeper was between José Araquistáin, Antonio Betancort and Jose Vicente Train. 
-- Vicente del Bosque also played one season under 
-- Camacho arrived after the departure of Miguel Muñoz.
-- Evaristo was better known for his career with Barcelona, but he also won two league titles with Real Madrid.



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  2. Very nice football player he was. Thanks for the article sir. Keep writing. :)

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