Manuel Velázquez

Manuel Velázquez Villaverde (24 January 1943 – 15 January 2016) was a Spanish footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Manuel Velázquez
Manuel Velázquez (1973).jpg
Velázquez in 1973
Personal information
Full name Manuel Velázquez Villaverde
Date of birth (1943-01-24)24 January 1943
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 15 January 2016(2016-01-15) (aged 72)
Place of death Fuengirola, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1958–1962 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1977 Real Madrid 301 (48)
1962–1963Rayo Vallecano (loan)
1963–1965Málaga (loan) 46 (14)
1978 Toronto Metros-Croatia 16 (1)
Total 363 (63)
National team
1967–1975 Spain 10 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Born in Madrid, Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid. After three seasons on loan, to Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, helping the latter promote from Segunda División in 1965,[1][2] he went on to appear in 402 competitive games for his main club whilst scoring 59 goals, winning six national championships, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup,[3] where he was featured in the final against FK Partizan.[4][5]

In the 1967–68 campaign, Velázquez netted a career-best ten goals from 28 appearances – including a hat-trick in a 9–1 home rout of Real Sociedad[6]– conquering the second of his domestic leagues. He ended his career at the age of 35, after six months in the North American Soccer League with Toronto Metros-Croatia.[7]

International careerEdit

Velázquez earned ten caps for the Spain national team in eight years. He made his debut on 1 February 1967, in a 0–0 away draw in Turkey for the UEFA Euro 1968 qualifiers.[8]

DeathEdit

Velázquez died on 15 January 2016 in Fuengirola, Andalusia. He was 72 years old.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Relaño, Alfredo (20 August 1977). "El próximo miércoles, homenaje a Velázquez" [Next Wednesday, Velázquez gets honoured]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  2. ^ "El Málaga expresa "más sentido pésame a familia y amigos de Velázquez"" [Málaga expresses "deepest condolences to family and friends of Velázquez"]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 15 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Intelligent football". Real Madrid CF. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Real Madrid 2–1 Partizan". UEFA. 11 May 1966. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ Pla Díaz, Emilio. "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ Pina, Nivardo (17 September 1967). "9–1: Los campeones golearon a un "Segunda División" – Velázquez máxima figura" [9–1: Champions routed Second Division side – Velázquez excelled]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Manuel Velazquez". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  8. ^ Lainz, Luis (2 February 1967). "Turquia, 0 – España, 0" [Turkey, 0 – Spain, 0]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ Toro, Carlos (15 January 2016). "Muere Manolo Velázquez, 'el Cerebro' del Real Madrid ye-yé" [Manolo Velázquez, 'the Brain' of ye-yé Real Madrid, dies]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Fallece Velázquez, leyenda del Madrid 'Yé-yé'" [Velázquez, legend of 'Yé-yé' Madrid, dies]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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