Antonio de la Cruz
|Full name||Jesús Antonio de la Cruz Gallego|
|Date of birth||7 May 1947|
|Place of birth||León, Spain|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|1998–1999||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|* 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.
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.
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. 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; 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.
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. He was in charge of the squad for one league match, a 0–3 away loss to Atlético Madrid.
Managerial statistics (Japan only)Edit
|Yokohama F. Marinos||1998||1999||47||29||3||15||61.70|
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA. 1 June 1979. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- "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.
- "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.
- "El Atlético empuja al Barça al abismo" [Atlético push Barça to the abyss]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 2 February 2003. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- "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.
- デラ クルス [Jesus Antonio DE LA CRUZ Gallego] (in Japanese). J. League Data. Retrieved 14 September 2016.