Luis Suárez (footballer, born 1935)

Luis Suárez Miramontes (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾeθ miɾaˈmontes]; born 2 May 1935) is a Spanish former professional footballer and manager. He played as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, España Industrial, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Sampdoria and the Spain national team. Suárez is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish football players of all time.[1] He was noted for his elegant, fluid, graceful style of play.[1]

Luis Suárez
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Suárez with Spain national team in 1962
Personal information
Full name Luis Suárez Miramontes
Date of birth (1935-05-02) 2 May 1935 (age 87)
Place of birth A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Inside right / attacking midfielder
Youth career
1949–1953 Fabril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1954 Deportivo La Coruña 17 (3)
1954–1955 CD Condal 21 (6)
1955–1961 Barcelona 122 (61)
1961–1970 Inter Milan 256 (42)
1970–1973 Sampdoria 63 (9)
Total 479 (121)
International career
1957–1972 Spain 32 (14)
Managerial career
1973–1974 Genoa Primavera
1974–1975 Inter Milan
1975 Cagliari
1977 SPAL
1977–1978 Como
1978–1979 Deportivo La Coruña
1981–1989 Spain U21
1988–1991 Spain
1992 Inter Milan
1995 Albacete
1995 Inter Milan (interim)
Representing  Spain
European Nations' Cup
Winner 1964 Spain
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Nicknamed El Arquitecto – The Architect – Suárez was noted for his perceptive passing and explosive shot, and in 1960, he became the first and only male Spanish-born player to win the Ballon d'Or. In 1964, he helped Spain win the European Championship. Suárez originally achieved prominence as a creative inside forward, or attacking midfielder in modern terms, for the great Barcelona team of the 1950s before he joined Inter Milan where he reached his prime as deep-lying playmaker for the legendary Grande Inter team of the 1960s. He played a pivotal role in the success of Herrera's Inter Milan side, and was one of the primary creative forces in the squad, due to his skill on the ball, vision, and passing range.[2] He retired as a player in 1973, after three seasons at Sampdoria.

Suárez subsequently began a career as a coach and has managed Inter Milan on three occasions, the last two on a caretaker basis. Suárez has also coached both Spain U21s and the senior Spain team. He was in charge of the latter for 27 games and led them to the second round of the 1990 World Cup. He has also coached several Italian and Spanish club sides. He is currently a scout for Inter Milan.

Club careerEdit

Luis Suárez's birthplace in Corunna.

Early careerEdit

Luis Suárez Miramontes was born on 2 May 1935, in A Coruña, Galicia. He lived on Avenida de Hércules in the working-class neighborhood of Monte Alto where he was known by the diminutive Luisito.[3]

He began his career with local side Deportivo de La Coruña in 1949 and worked his way through the junior sides before making his La Liga debut with Deportivo on 6 December 1953 in a 6–1 defeat to FC Barcelona. Among his teammates at Deportivo were Pahiño and Arsenio Iglesias. He played 17 games and scored 3 goals for Deportivo during the remaining season. In 1954, he was transferred to FC Barcelona but spent most of the 1954–55 season playing for their reserve side, España Industrial, in the second division.

FC BarcelonaEdit

Between 1955 and 1961 Suárez was a regular in a FC Barcelona team that also included the Hungarian trio Ladislao Kubala, Zoltán Czibor and Sándor Kocsis, alongside Ramallets and Evaristo. With Helenio Herrera as coach, the club and Suárez won a domestic leaguecup double in 1959 and a leagueFairs Cup double the subsequent year. As a result, Suárez was voted Ballon d'Or in 1960, beating Real Madrid's Ferenc Puskás. One of his last games for the club was the final of the European Cup in 1961 which they lost 3–2 to Benfica.

Inter MilanEdit

Suárez with Inter Milan at San Siro in the mid-1960s
Suárez playing for Sampdoria in the early 1970s

In 1961, Suárez became the world's most expensive footballer and the first £100,000 transfer when FC Barcelona sold him to Inter Milan for 250 million Italian lire (£142,000). The move saw him follow his mentor Helenio Herrera. Along with Juan Santisteban, he became the first Spanish player in the Serie A.[4]

Suárez was a regular in Herrera's Grande Inter team that won three Serie A titles, two consecutive European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Between 1961 and 1970 he made 328 appearances for Inter and scored 55 goals. On 10 March 1963, he scored three times in a 6–0 win over Genoa; this was the only hat-trick by a Spaniard in Serie A until Suso's for Genoa in 2016, to whom Suárez sent his congratulations.[5]

International careerEdit

Suárez also played 32 games for Spain and scored fourteen goals. He made his debut on 30 January 1957 in a 5–1 victory over the Netherlands and represented Spain at both the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups. However his greatest achievement with Spain came in 1964 when, together with Josep Maria Fusté, Amancio Amaro, José Ángel Iribar and Chus Pereda, he helped them win the European Championship. He played his final game for Spain in 1972.

Career statisticsEdit

Galician language plaque outside Suárez's birthplace: "In this house on 2 May 1935, the architect of football Luis Suárez was born".


Year Apps Goals
1957 6 4
1958 3 2
1959 5 5
1960 7 3
1961 1 0
1962 2 0
1963 1 0
1964 2 0
1965 2 0
1966 2 0
1967 0 0
1968 0 0
1969 0 0
1970 0 0
1971 0 0
1972 1 0
Total 32 14

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 March 1957 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   Switzerland 1–1 2–2 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 31 March 1957 Heysel, Brussels, Belgium   Belgium 0–2 0–5 Friendly
3. 31 March 1957 Heysel, Brussels, Belgium   Belgium 0–5 0–5 Friendly
4. 8 May 1957 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Scotland 2–2 4–2 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 13 March 1958 Parc des Princes, Paris, France   France 1–2 2–2 Friendly
6. 15 October 1958 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain   Northern Ireland 4–1 6–2 Friendly
7. 28 June 1959 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland   Poland 1–1 2–4 UEFA Euro 1960 qualifying
8. 28 June 1959 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland   Poland 1–3 2–4 UEFA Euro 1960 qualifying
9. 22 November 1959 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain   Austria 2–0 6–3 Friendly
10. 22 November 1959 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain   Austria 3–0 6–3 Friendly
11. 17 December 1959 Parc des Princes, Paris, France   France 0–1 4–3 Friendly
12. 10 July 1960 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru   Peru 0–2 1–3 Friendly
13. 10 July 1960 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru   Peru 0–3 1–3 Friendly
14. 26 October 1960 Wembley, London, England   England 2–2 4–2 Friendly



Suárez (foreground) celebrates the 1964–65 European Cup victory with his Nerazzurri teammates Facchetti, Peiró and Bedin

FC Barcelona

Inter Milan






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  2. ^ "Great Team Tactics: Breaking Down Helenio Herrera's 'La Grande Inter'". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Luis Suárez descubre una placa más "tocante" que el Balón de Oro".
  4. ^ Galasso, Vito (2019). La storia della grande Inter in 501 domande e risposte (in Italian). Newton Compton Editori. p. 157. ISBN 978-88-227-3910-0.
  5. ^ "Luis Suárez: "Enhorabuena Suso, ahora estamos dos en el club"" [Luis Suárez: "Congratulations Suso, now we are in a two-person club"] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  6. ^ Luis Suárez – Goals in International Matches
  7. ^ Rob Moore; Karel Stokkermans (21 January 2011). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  8. ^ McCracken, Craig (29 April 2013). "Eric Batty's World XI – The Sixties". Beyond The Last Man. Retrieved 1 March 2021."ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES". Retrieved 29 November 2015
  9. ^ "European Championships – UEFA Teams of Tournament". RSSSF. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Legends". Golden Foot. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  11. ^ Jiménez, Óscar; Milán (14 December 2016). "Luis Suárez recibió el MARCA Leyenda". (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 March 2021.

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