Thursday, August 24, 2017

Real Madrid Greatest All-Time Team Under Miguel Muñoz

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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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 Antonio Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps for Argentina.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas-based players.  He was on Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups playing alongside Alfredo Di Stefano.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.
Rogelio Dominguez 
GK: García Remón (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Garcia 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 in Madrid. Remón would start from 1971 to 1973 and 1979 to 1981.  At the international level, he earned two caps for Spain.

GK: Antonio Betancort (Spain)
Antonio Betancourt played as a goalkeeper for Las Palmas before moving to Real Madrid in 1961. With Real Madrid, he had two spells with a more lengthy spell between 1963 and 1971. In between, he played for  Deportivo La Coruña. He was also capped by the Spanish national team. He went to the 1966 World Cup Finals in England as a backup to José Ángel Iribar.  

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: 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 was born in 1944,  He 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, where he played until 1978. At the international level, he was capped once in a friendly match against Turkey in 1973 that resulted in a 0-0 draw.

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.  He was capped 22 times between 1971 and 1978.  Span failed to qualify for any major tournament during his time.

LB: 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 
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 
DM: Juan Santisteban (Spain)
Juan Santisteban played with Real Madrid between 1956 and 1961. He was a part of Real Madrid that won 5 straight European Cups. He spent a season with Venezia before returning to Real Madrid.  He also played Real Betis and Baltimore Bays at the end of his career.  At the international level, he also earned 7 caps between 1957 and 1959.

CM: José María Zárraga (Spain)
José María 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.  He played in all the finals, and totalled 31 appearances combined in those victorious campaigns.  He earned 8 caps and served once as the captain of the national team at the last of his international appearance.

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, he signed for Juventus, becoming the club's first ever Spanish player. He 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", Amancio Amaro 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.  At the international level, he was capped 42 times for Spain. He won the 1964 European Football Championship hosted by Spain.  It was the first major international trophy in history won by Spain.
Amancio Amaro 
RW/CM: Fernando Serena (Spain)
Fernando 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.

LW:  Francisco Gento (Spain)
Francisco Gento 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.  No one has won more European Cups than Francisco Gento. 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: 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, he left Barcelona for Real Madrid, where he played between the two European Cup winning teams.  He was capped by Brazil 14 times, scoring 8 goals. He also holds the record of most goals for the Brazilian national team in one single game, as he netted five times for the Seleção in a 9–0 win against Colombia in 1957.

FW: Ramon Grosso (Spain)
Grosso was home grown player from Real Madrid.  Except for  a four-month spell with Atlético Madrid, he played his entire career with Real Madrid. 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)
Carlos 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. At the international level, 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)
Ferenc Puskas 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, Hector Rial.

Squad Explanation
-- Alfredo di Stefino, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas, Jose Pirri and Amancio Amaro are probably the obvious choices for this team.  Tht are all names that every Madrid fans would recognize. 
-- Miguel Munoz's greatest trumiph was the 1960 European Cup victory over Eintracht Frankfrut.  The team was considered to be the greatest ever club side.  Alfredo di Stefino, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas, Juan Santisteban, José María Zárraga, Jose Santamaria, Marquitos and Rogelio Dominguez are selected into my side.  Miguel Munoz himself was a part of three European Cup winning team duirng this period.  He was in charge of the reserve team for a brief time before taking over the senior team.  He played with some of the players mentioned here.
-- In 1966, Munoz won his second European Cup. Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento were veterans on the team that won the 1966 title. The core of team consisted mainly of young Spanish players.  Many of whom were also homegrown.  The team was better known as the "Ye-Ye" team, as a reference to the Beatles' song "She Loves You".  Pachín, Pedro de Felipe, Manuel Sanchís, Pirri, Ignacio Zoco, Fernando Serena, Amancio Amaro, Ramón Grosso and Manuel Velázquez were members of the "Ye-Ye" generation. 
José Araquistáin made honorable mention.
-- Manuel Sanchís Martínez was a fullback while his son Manuel Sanchís Junior was a centerback. Both of them played for Real Madrid and Spain. They were one of only four father/son pairs to have won the European Cup/Champions League (the others being Cesare and Paolo Maldini, Carles and Sergio Busquets and Zinedine and Luca Zidane).  
-- Raymond Kopa left before Miguel Munoz took over the coaching job at Real Madrid.
-- Rogelio Dominguez  and García Remón are the obvious choice.  Garcia Ramon had a rivalry with Miguel Angel for their duration of their careers in Madrid, and Miguel Angel spent 18 years while Remon lasted 15 years.  But Miguel Angel did not play much under Miguel Muñoz. So the third keeper was between José Araquistáin, Antonio Betancort and Jose Vicente Train. 
-- Vicente del Bosque also played one season under him.
-- 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.
-- I do not think the younger fans remembered Carlos Santillana as well as other Real Madrid legends.  He is actually the 4th in both goal scoring and appearance record for Real Madrid.


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