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Jesús Garay Vecino (10 September 1930 – 10 February 1995) was a Spanish footballer who played as a central defender.

Jesús Garay
Jesús Garay 1962.jpg
Garay in 1962
Personal information
Full name Jesús Garay Vecino
Date of birth (1930-09-10)10 September 1930
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Date of death 10 February 1995(1995-02-10) (aged 64)
Place of death Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1945–1946 Santutxu
1946–1949 Begoña
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Erandio 30 (1)
1950–1960 Athletic Bilbao 236 (7)
1960–1965 Barcelona 89 (3)
1965–1966 Málaga 16 (0)
Total 371 (11)
National team
1955 Spain B 1 (0)
1953–1962 Spain 29 (1)
Teams managed
1979 Basque Country
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed La Liga totals of 341 games and ten goals over 16 seasons, representing mainly in the competition Athletic Bilbao (ten years) and Barcelona (five).

Garay appeared for Spain at the 1962 World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Garay joined local Athletic Bilbao in 1950 from neighbouring SD Erandio Club. He was immediately cast into the team's starting XI, making his La Liga debut on 8 October 1950 in a 9–4 home win against RC Celta de Vigo[1] and scoring his first goal in the competition on 17 December of the same year also at the San Mamés Stadium, against FC Barcelona (4–3 success).[2]

In summer 1960, after 292 official appearances for Athletic and five major titles won, including the 1955–56 national championship and three Copa del Generalísimo trophies, one of them conquered against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Garay signed for Barcelona for 5,5 million pesetas, a fee that would later be used to build the Mercy stand at San Mamés, dubbed by club fans Jesús Garay.[3] He retired at the age of 35 after a further five seasons in the top level, four with the Catalans and one with CD Málaga, suffering relegation with the latter; he died on 10 February 1995 at 64, in his hometown.

International careerEdit

Garay earned 29 caps for the Spanish national team for eight and a half years, making his debut on 19 March 1953 in a 3–1 friendly win over Belgium in Barcelona. He was part of the squad that competed at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, featuring in the 0–1 group stage loss to Czechoslovakia.[4]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 January 1957 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   Netherlands 1–0 5–1 Friendly



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