Amancio Amaro

Amancio Amaro Varela, (born 16 October 1939 in A Coruña, Galicia) commonly known simply as Amancio, is a former Spanish football player. Nicknamed El Brujo (The Magician) he played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.

Amancio Amaro 1971.jpg
Amancio in 1971
Personal information
Full name Amancio Amaro Varela
Date of birth (1939-10-16) 16 October 1939 (age 80)
Place of birth A Coruña, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position(s) Outside right
Youth career
1954–1958 Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1962 Deportivo La Coruña 92 (54)
1962–1976 Real Madrid 344 (119)
Total 436 (173)
National team
1962–1974 Spain 42 (11)
Teams managed
1976–1977 Real Madrid (youth)
1982–1984 Castilla
1984–1985 Real Madrid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Amancio 1973

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Amancio Amaro began his career aged 15 at local side, Victoria Club de Futbol, in the district of Santa Lucia. In the 1958–59 season he joined Deportivo de La Coruña, which at that time was in the Spanish second division. When Deportivo were promoted to first division, Amancio started to call the attention of the scouts for major teams, such as Real Madrid.

Real MadridEdit

Amaro depicted on a 1968 Ajman stamp

The signing of Amancio by Real Madrid almost did not happen; had it not been for Santiago Bernabéu Yeste’s insistence in signing the player, his astronomical signing-fee would have spoiled the negotiations.

Along with the signing of Amancio by Real Madrid in June 1962, players such as Ignacio Zoco, Lucien Muller, and Yanko Daucik also arrived. During this time the team was in a transitional phase, since in earlier years the team had swept the competition both in Spain and outside its borders. Amancio made his debut in European competition opposite Anderlecht (3–3 result in the Santiago Bernabéu); and in the league against Real Betis in Seville with a 5–2 win for Real Madrid.

Amaro with Miguel Muñoz and Gento

During the 1963–64 season, Amancio and Real Madrid reached the final of the European Cup, only to be beaten by Inter Milan by 3–1. The following season brought more heartache, with Benfica eliminating the youthful Madrid side in the quarterfinals. The ensuing season brought success for Madrid, as Miguel Muñoz added young players such as Pirri, Velázquez, Sanchís and Grosso. This was known as the "Yé-Yé" team. Strong at the back, and devastating going forward, Madrid fought their way to another final, this time against FK Partizan. The venue was Heysel Stadium in Brussels, and on 11 May 1966, Amancio stepped out on to the pitch for his second and last European Cup final. FK Partizan's Velibor Vasović scored the first goal of the match. Amancio drew level twenty minutes from the end, after collecting a signature pass, faking out a defender and skillfully booting the ball past the Yugoslav keeper Milutin Šoškić. Five minutes later, a thunderous shot by teammate Serena from 30 metres out settled the game. It was Amancio's first and only European Cup winner's medal. In his first 6 seasons in Madrid, he won a breathtaking 6 La Liga titles. He would then go on to win another 3, giving him 9 titles in total. He even took the title of Pichichi on back to back occasions, 1969 and 1970.

As a Real Madrid player, Amancio's reputation reached such international fame, that he had the honour of being called for a world team, promoted by FIFA.

Amancio retired in 1976 and joined the coaching staff of Real Madrid.


Amancio wore the Spanish jersey on 42 occasions, debuting before Romania. With the team, Amancio was a participant of one of the greatest achievements in the history of the team: winning the 1964 European Football Championship by a 2–1 score against the defending champions, the Soviet Union.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 1963 San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain   Northern Ireland 1–0 1–1 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
2. 11 March 1964 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Republic of Ireland 0–0 4–0 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
3. 11 March 1964 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Republic of Ireland 1–0 4–0 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
4. 17 June 1964 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   Hungary 2-1 2–1 1964 European Nations' Cup
5. 15 July 1966 Hillsborough, Sheffield, England    Switzerland 1–0 1–0 1966 World Cup
6. 28 February 1968 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Sweden 0–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 28 February 1968 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Sweden 1–0 2–0 Friendly
8. 8 May 1968 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   England 1–0 1-2 1968 Euro qualifying
9. 30 April 1969 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain   Yugoslavia 2–0 2–1 1970 World Cup qualification
10. 15 October 1969 José Antonio, La Línea, Spain   Finland 4–0 5–0 1970 World Cup qualification
11. 19 October 1972 Insular, Las Palmas, Spain   Yugoslavia 0–0 1–1 1974 World Cup qualification

Managerial careerEdit

Upon retiring, Amancio began a new phase on the bench. He began coaching the junior teams of Real Madrid during a season. After one season he decided to dedicate himself to his businesses. In 1982, he was readmitted by Luis de Carlos, who had just won the club's presidential elections.

Amancio once again took charge of Castilla CF, with which he won the Segunda División in his second season. The team included the legendary Quinta del Buitre, Made up of Butragueño, Míchel, Sanchis, Martín Vázquez, and Pardeza.

In the 1984–85 season he took charge of the first team. However, the outcome was not as good as expected, and Amancio left his post. After a time as a consultant, Amancio left Real Madrid to join the sports company Kelme, becoming a representative responsible for the Madrid area.

In July 2000 he put himself forward as a candidate for the Presidency and the board of directors of Real Madrid which the President of the Club, Florentino Pérez, ending up being elected member of the Board. From this position he favored the incorporation of former Real players in different positions of responsibility of the club. The board of directors agreed that Amancio would be in charge of the 100th anniversary of Real Madrid.



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Real Madrid C.F. captain
Succeeded by