Conrado Miranda

José Conrado Miranda Sasso (born 24 October 1928 in El Salvador – 13 October 2021). He was a Salvadoran football player and former coach who created a legacy in El Salvador.[1]

Conrado Miranda
Personal information
Full name José Conrado Miranda Sasso
Date of birth (1928-10-14)14 October 1928
Place of birth San Vicente, El Salvador
Date of death 13 October 2021(2021-10-13) (aged 92)
Place of death Hospital Militar, San Salvador, El Salvador
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1943 Pipiles F.C.
1944,1945 Independiente de San Vicente
–1954 Marte Quezaltepeque
1954 Club Sport Uruguay
1955–57 Marte Quezaltepeque
1958 Club Sport La Libertad
1959–60 Águila
National team
1948–1955 El Salvador 20 (3)
Teams managed
1955–1957 Marte Quezaltepeque
1959–1961 Águila
1961 El Salvador
1962 UES
1965 Quequeisque
1967 Alianza
1971 El Salvador
1975 El Salvador
1975–1978 Águila
1962 Atlante
1985-1986 Isidro Metapan
1986–1987 Once Municipal
1989 El Salvador
1989 Cojutepeque
1993–1995 El Roble
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He and longtime partner Juan Francisco Barraza helped evolve football in El Salvador. He was known as El Estilista.

Club careerEdit

His first steps as a player are traced to the Pipiles F.C. His debut at the national level was playing for Independiente de San Vicente. Later he moved to CD Alacranes which was renamed C.D. Atlético Marte at his suggestion. In 1954 Conrado Miranda was contracted as a player by Uruguay de Coronado[2] (Costa Rica) for a 1-year contract. Afterwards he returned to Atlético Marte for a three-year stint but this time as player/coach that produced three national championships (1955, 1956, 1957).

He was again contracted by a Costa Rica team, Club Sport La Libertad. After this final stint on international soil Conrado Miranda returned to El Salvador where he was contracted by C.D. Águila of San Miguel as both player and coach. The team earned a championship in 1959. In 1960, after suffering a broken leg, he retired as a player. He took the opportunity to coach the El Salvador national football team and left his C.D. Águila team in 1st place. They won the championship with Carlos Padilla as the coach (1960).

International careerEdit

Conrado Miranda represented El Salvador as a captain most of the time from 1948 to 1955,[3] during this period El Salvador won the Gold Medal at the VII Central American and Caribbean Games in 1954 in Mexico.[4]

Managerial careerEdit

As a coach Conrado Miranda has obtained multiple championships at national and international level (3 national championships with Atlético Marte, 3 national championships with CD Aguila, 1 CONCACAF Champions Cup). He has also coached El Salvador national team both at major and junior levels with success especially in 1964 when he took the youth National team to 1st place in the NORCECA, a competition played in Guatemala.

Conrado Miranda was also the founder of AEFES (Asociación de Entrenadores de Fútbol de El Salvador) for which he was the first president in 1965 and CONADEPRE (Comisión Nacional de Deportes Recreativos de El Salvador). Under this institution he created what is known now as Papi fútbol (fútbol for players over 35) and Babi fútbol (fútbol for players under 15) as a vehicle to promote the game.

Conrado Miranda has received multiple honours in recognition of his illustrious career. He was named to the El Salvador Team of the 20th century and received "La Espiga Dorada" from the hands of the President of El Salvador at the time, Francisco Flores, in recognition of his achievements as a player and coach and for his contribution to all sporting activities at the national level.


On 13 October 2021, it was announced that Miranda had passed away due to complication of the cardio pulmonary from COVID-19, he was aged 92 years old. [1] [2]


Year Finish Team Tournament Role Notes
1954 Champion El Salvador VII Juegos Centro Americanos y del Caribe Player played in México
1955 Champion Atlético Marte 1st Division El Salvador Player/Coach
1956 Champion Atlético Marte 1st Division El Salvador Player/Coach
1957 Champion Atlético Marte 1st Division El Salvador Player/Coach
1959 Champion C.D. Aguila 1st Division El Salvador Player/Coach
1960 Champion C.D. Aguila 1st Division El Salvador Player/Coach* *Started season before taking National Team
1961 2nd Place Salvador Nacional Team NORCECA Coach played in Costa Rica
1962 Champion UES Liga de Ascenso Coach
1967 2nd Place Alianza F.C. 1st Division El Salvador Coach
1964 Champion El Salvador Under 20 NORCECA Under 19 Coach played in Guatemala
1965 TBD Quequeisque ? Division El Salvador Coach
1975 Champion C.D. Águila 1st Division El Salvador Coach
1976 Champion C.D. Aguila 1st Division El Salvador Coach
1976 Champion C.D. Aguila CONCACAF Champions Cup Coach
1978 2nd Place C.D. Aguila 1st Division El Salvador Coach
1989 2nd Place Cojutepeque F.C. 1st Division El Salvador Coach
1993 3rd Place El Roble 1st Division El Salvador Coach
1994 3rd Place El Roble 1st Division El Salvador Coach


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