Joaquín Peiró

Joaquín Peiró Lucas (29 January 1936 – 18 March 2020) was a Spanish football attacking midfielder and manager.

Joaquín Peiró
Joaquín Peiró 1962.jpg
Peiró in 1962
Personal information
Full name Joaquín Peiró Lucas
Date of birth (1936-01-29)29 January 1936
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 18 March 2020(2020-03-18) (aged 84)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Atlético Madrid
Covadonga (loan)
Tolosa (loan)
→ Jusa (loan)
→ Ferroviaria (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1962 Atlético Madrid 166 (95)
1954–1955Murcia (loan) 22 (15)
1962–1964 Torino 46 (10)
1964–1966 Inter Milan 25 (8)
1966–1970 Roma 103 (21)
Total 362 (149)
National team
1959 Spain U21 1 (0)
1956–1959 Spain B 5 (5)
1956–1966 Spain 12 (5)
Teams managed
1978–1985 Atlético Madrileño
1985–1988 Granada
1988–1989 Figueres
1990 Atlético Madrid
1992–1993 Murcia
1997–1998 Badajoz
1998–2003 Málaga
2003–2004 Murcia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After excelling at Atlético Madrid – where he would start and end his professional career, amassing La Liga totals of 166 games and 95 goals over eight seasons – he moved to Italy where he would remain for nearly one decade, in representation of three teams. He represented the Spanish national team in two World Cups.

Starting in 1978 and for almost 30 years, Peiró worked as a coach before retiring.

Playing careerEdit


Born in Madrid, Peiró made his senior debut with Real Murcia on loan from hometown's Atlético Madrid, playing 16 complete La Liga matches with the latter side in the 1955–66 season to help them finish in fifth position, and subsequently becoming first-choice. He was an essential offensive unit as the club won the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup, scoring in both matches of the final against ACF Fiorentina (1–1 in the first game, 3–0 in the replay).[1]

In 1962, after more than 100 official goals for Atlético – he still started the 1962–63 campaign, netting six times in only three games – Peiró moved to Italy and joined Torino FC, becoming the second Spaniard to play in Serie A after Luis Suárez, whom he later teamed up with at Inter Milan, being part of the Grande Inter side that won the 1965 European Cup under manager Helenio Herrera;[2] in the semi-finals against Liverpool, he scored one in a 3–0 home win after a 1–3 loss at Anfield.[3]

Peiró's longest spell in Italy would be spent with A.S. Roma where he won one Italian Cup, eventually also being named team captain.[4][5]


Peiró earned 12 caps for Spain over a period of ten years, scoring five times. He participated in the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile, netting the only goal in the match against Mexico, and in the 1966 World Cup in England; both tournaments ended in group-stage elimination.[6]

On 3 June 1956, aged just 20, Peiró made his international debut, scoring in a 1–3 friendly loss to Portugal in Lisbon.

International goalsEdit


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 June 1956 Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal   Portugal 2–1 3–1 Friendly
2. 15 May 1960 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   England 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 17 July 1960 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile   Chile 0–4 1–4 Friendly
4. 18 May 1961 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   Wales 1–0 1–1 1962 World Cup qualification
5. 3 June 1962 Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile   Mexico 1–0 1–0 1962 FIFA World Cup

Coaching careerEdit

Peiró started coaching in 1978, with Atlético's reserves, which he led to the second division two years later. Subsequently, he spent some time managing in the second and third levels, promoting Granada CF to the former.

In 1989–90, Peiró was one of three coaches used by Atlético Madrid, as elusive Jesús Gil was the club's president – the side did finish fourth in the league.[8] He resumed his career in division two, interspersed with periods of inactivity.[6]

Peiró's biggest success as a manager came with Málaga CF, which he led to the top flight in 1999 at the age of 63. Subsequently, the Andalusians won the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the following UEFA Cup.[9]

Peiró last coached in 2003, being fired midway through the 2003–04 season from Real Murcia who were relegated from the top tier, as last.[10]


After years struggling with health problems, Peiró died in Madrid at the age of 84.[11][12]




Atlético Madrid[6]






  1. ^ Vega, Javier (5 September 2012). "La Recopa del Atlético cumple 50 años" [50th anniversary of Atlético's Cup Winners' Cup]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Mazzola: Inter is my second family". FIFA. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Mazzola, Corso, Peirò – "Ecco come si rimonta"" [Mazzola, Corso, Peirò – "That's how you make a comeback"]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 10 March 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Eight Spanish stars who've played for Roma". A.S. Roma. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "From Del Sol to Totti: The last 10 Roma captains". A.S. Roma. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Criado, José (17 February 2019). "¿Qué fue de Joaquín Peiró?" [What happened to Joaquín Peiró?]. La Opinión de Málaga (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Peiró". European Football. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  8. ^ Miguelez, José (29 November 1991). "Gil perdió el segundo juicio con el ex entrenador Peiró" [Gil lost second trial with former coach Peiró]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  9. ^ Gallardo, Antonio (30 June 2012). "El nuevo Málaga cumple los 20 años en Champions" [New Málaga celebrate 20 years in Champions]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  10. ^ "El Múrcia destitueix Joaquín Peiró, que serà substituït per John Benjamin Toshack" [Murcia dismiss Joaquín Peiró, who will be replaced by John Benjamin Toshack] (in Catalan). Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals. 19 January 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Muere Joaquín Peiró a los 84 años" [Death of Joaquín Peiró at the age of 84] (in Spanish). Okdiario. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  12. ^ Barker, Gabby (18 March 2020). "Joaquín Peiró, legend of Atlético, Málaga and Selección dies". Sports Finding. Retrieved 18 March 2020.

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