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Jesús Antonio de la Cruz Gallego (born 7 May 1947) is a Spanish former football defender and manager.

Antonio de la Cruz
Personal information
Full name Jesús Antonio de la Cruz Gallego
Date of birth (1947-05-07) 7 May 1947 (age 72)
Place of birth León, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Júpiter Leonés
Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1970 Valladolid 87 (0)
1970–1972 Granada 64 (0)
1972–1979 Barcelona 183 (6)
Total 334 (6)
National team
1971 Spain U23 1 (0)
1972–1978 Spain 6 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Sabadell
1995–1996 Barcelona C
1998–1999 Yokohama F. Marinos
2003 Barcelona (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He appeared in 247 La Liga games over the course of nine seasons, scoring a combined six goals for Granada and Barcelona. He won three titles with the latter club, including the 1979 Cup Winners' Cup.

A Spain international in the 70s, de la Cruz appeared for his country at the 1978 World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Born in León, de la Cruz started his senior career with Real Valladolid in Segunda División. Even though he suffered relegation at the end of the 1969–70 season, he moved straight into La Liga with Granada CF, making his debut in the competition on 13 September 1970 in a 1–1 away draw against Elche CF.[1]

In early March 1972, de la Cruz signed with fellow league club FC Barcelona for six million pesetas, pending a medical that almost went wrong and with the deal being made effective in July.[2] He went on to feature in more than 230 official matches during his tenure at the Camp Nou, scoring his first goal on 7 January 1973 in a 2–0 win at Real Zaragoza;[3] on 16 May 1979, the 32-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in Basel, the 4–3 extra time defeat of Fortuna Düsseldorf.[4]

After retiring, de la Cruz worked as a coach. This included two brief spells with CE Sabadell FC, also in Catalonia (which included top level relegation in the 1987–88 campaign).[5]

In January 2003, following the sacking of Louis van Gaal and prior to the appointment of Radomir Antić, de la Cruz was named interim manager at Barcelona.[6] He was in charge of the squad for one league match, a 0–3 away loss to Atlético Madrid.[7]

International careerEdit

De la Cruz collected six caps for Spain, in as many years. His debut arrived on 12 April 1972, in a 0–0 friendly draw in Greece.[2]

Selected by coach László Kubala for the 1978 FIFA World Cup, de la Cruz took part in the 1–2 group stage defeat against Austria,[8] as the tournament in Argentina ended after three contests.

HonoursEdit

Managerial statistics (Japan only)Edit

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Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Yokohama F. Marinos 1998 1999 47 29 3 15 061.70
Total 47 29 3 15 061.70

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1–1: El Elche se derrumbó al fallar Iborra un penalty" [1–1: Elche collapsed as Iborra missed penalty]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 September 1970. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "El nexo entre el Granada, el Barça y 'La Roja'" [The link between Granada, Barça and 'La Roja']. Ideal (in Spanish). 29 October 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ "0–2: El Barcelona en línea de campeón" [0–2: Barcelona like a champion]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 January 1973. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA. 1 June 1979. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ "La directiva del Sabadell destituye como entrenador a Martínez" [The Sabadell board of directors sack Martínez as coach]. El País (in Spanish). 3 November 1987. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Antic está mejor colocado que Menotti para entrenar al Barça" [Antic is better placed than Menotti to coach Barça]. El País (in Spanish). 31 January 2003. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ "El Atlético empuja al Barça al abismo" [Atlético push Barça to the abyss]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 2 February 2003. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  8. ^ "1–2: Para empezar, naufragio ante Austria" [1–2: For starters, shipwreck against Austria]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 June 1978. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  9. ^ デラ クルス [Jesus Antonio DE LA CRUZ Gallego] (in Japanese). J. League Data. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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