Amancio (footballer)

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

Amancio
Amancio Amaro 1971.jpg
Amancio in 1971
Personal information
Full name Amancio Amaro Varela
Date of birth (1939-10-16) 16 October 1939 (age 83)
Place of birth A Coruña, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
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)
International career
1962–1974 Spain 42 (11)
Management career
1976–1977 Real Madrid (youth)
1982–1984 Castilla
1984–1985 Real Madrid
Honours
Representing  Spain
European Nations' Cup
Winner 1964 Spain
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Amancio in 1973

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Amancio began his career aged 15 at local side Victoria CF, in the district of Falperra–Santa Lucía. 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

 
Amancio 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.

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. After the death of Francisco "Paco" Gento, he was appointed the honorary president of the club in 2022.[1]

SpainEdit

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.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubsEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[2]
Club Season League Cup Continental[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo de La Coruña 1958–59 Segunda División 11 3 6 4 17 7
1959–60 26 10 4 5 30 15
1960–61 29 16 4 4 33 20
1961–62 26 25 2 2 28 27
Total 92 54 16 15 108 69
Real Madrid 1962–63 La Liga 28 14 8 1 2 0 38 15
1963–64 24 6 3 1 8 3 35 10
1964–65 22 9 0 0 5 6 27 15
1965–66 25 8 0 0 7 5 2[b] 0 34 13
1966–67 25 7 5 0 4 0 34 7
1967–68 28 10 8 4 7 4 43 18
1968–69 29 14 1 0 2 1 32 15
1969–70 29 16 9 6 3 1 41 23
1970–71 19 6 2 0 9[c] 0 30 6
1971–72 28 6 6 0 3[d] 1 37 7
1972–73 25 8 2 0 7 1 34 9
1973–74 26 8 3 0 1[d] 0 30 8
1974–75 17 3 7 1 2[c] 0 26 4
1975–76 19 4 2 0 7 0 28 4
Total 344 119 56 13 56 22 13 0 469 154
Career total 436 173 72 28 56 22 13 0 577 223
  1. ^ All appearances in European Cup, unless otherwise noted
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Intercontinental Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in European Cup Winners' Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup

International goalsEdit

Source: [2]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 1962 1 0
1963 3 1
1964 4 3
1966 3 1
1967 4 0
1968 6 3
1969 5 2
1970 4 0
1971 6 0
1972 3 1
1973 2 0
1974 1 0
Total 42 11
# 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 1–0 5–1 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
3. 11 March 1964 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Republic of Ireland 3–1 5–1 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 2–1 2-1 1966 World Cup
6. 28 February 1968 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Sweden 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 28 February 1968 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain   Sweden 2–0 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 2–2 1970 World Cup qualification
10. 15 October 1969 José Antonio, La Línea, Spain   Finland 5–0 6–0 1970 World Cup qualification
11. 19 October 1972 Insular, Las Palmas, Spain   Yugoslavia 1–0 2–2 1974 World Cup qualification

Managerial careerEdit

Upon retiring, Amancio began coaching the junior teams of Real Madrid. 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, Amancio took charge of the first team. However, the outcome was not as good as expected, and he 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, Amancio was elected as a member of the board of directors of Real Madrid. 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.

In 2022, he was appointed to the position of the honorary president of the club.[3]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Real Madrid

InternationalEdit

Spain

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The president and Amancio visited Real Madrid City
  2. ^ a b "Spain – Amancio". Besoccer. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  3. ^ The president and Amancio visited Real Madrid City
  4. ^ FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by Real Madrid CF captain
1974–1976
Succeeded by