José Ramos Delgado

José Manuel Ramos Delgado (25 August 1935 – 3 December 2010) was an Argentine footballer and manager. He played for the Argentina national football team in two World Cups and had a successful tenure in Brazilian football with Santos. He went on to become a football manager, working in Argentina and Peru.

José Ramos Delgado
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Ramos Delgado with Lanús' jersey in 1956.
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Ramos Delgado
Date of birth (1935-08-25)25 August 1935
Place of birth Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 3 December 2010(2010-12-03) (aged 75)
Place of death Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1958 Lanús 51 (0)
1959–1965 River Plate 172 (0)
1966–1967 Banfield 57 (0)
1967–1973 Santos 324 (1)
1973–1974 Portuguesa Santista
Total 604 (1)
National team
1958–1965 Argentina 25 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Early lifeEdit

Ramos Delgado was born in the city of Quilmes, Argentina. He belonged to the Cape Verdean community in Argentina,[1] as his father was a native of these islands, born in São Vicente.[2]

Playing careerEdit


Ramos Delgado started his playing career in 1956 with Lanús. He soon earned a move to River Plate where he played 172 games in seven seasons with the club.

In 1966, Ramos Delgado joined Banfield. After a short spell with the club, he moved to Brazil to play for Santos, where he played alongside Pelé, Coutinho and José Macia in the club's golden years. He continued playing for Santos until the age of 38, making a total of 324 appearances and scoring one goal.

In the last year of his playing career, Delgado played for Portuguesa Santista. He retired at the age of 39.

National teamEdit

Between 1958 and 1965, Ramos Delgado played 25 times for the Argentina national football team. He was included in the squads for the 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cups, and played in the qualifiers for the 1966 World Cup.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Ramos Delgado had a spell as manager of Santos, before returning to Argentina where he worked as the manager of several football clubs including Belgrano, Deportivo Maipú, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate, Talleres de Córdoba, Platense, All Boys and his home town club Quilmes. He also worked as the manager of Peruvian club Universitario.

He returned to Santos to work as a youth team coach helping to develop young players such as Robinho and Diego.


Ramos Delgado died in a hospital in Villa Elisa on 3 December 2010, of Alzheimer's disease.[3]


As a playerEdit



  1. ^ Observatorio de Colectividades – Comunidad Caboverdeana: Personalidades (Communities Observatory – Cape Verdean Community: Personalities) (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Anécdotas del Superclásico – Hoy: José Manuel Ramos Delgado (Anecdotes of Superclásico – Today: José Manuel Ramos Delgado) (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Murió el Negro Ramos Delgado". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 3 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.

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