Sabino Barinaga Alberdi (15 August 1922 – 19 March 1988) was a Spanish football forward and manager.

Sabino Barinaga
Personal information
Full name Sabino Barinaga Alberdi
Date of birth (1922-08-15)15 August 1922
Place of birth Durango, Spain
Date of death 19 March 1988(1988-03-19) (aged 65)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1936–1938 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1939 Southampton 0 (0)
1939–1950 Real Madrid 149 (70)
1941–1943Valladolid (loan) 13 (5)
1950–1954 Real Sociedad 56 (22)
1954–1955 Betis 21 (6)
Total 239 (103)
Teams managed
1955 Betis
1957–1959 Osasuna
1959–1960 Betis
1960–1961 Oviedo
1961–1963 Málaga
1963–1964 Atlético Madrid
1965–1966 Valencia
1966 Sevilla
1968 Betis
1968 Club América
1968–1969 Nigeria
1969–1970 Mallorca
1970–1971 ASFAR
1971–1972 Morocco
1973–1974 ASFAR
1973–1974 Oviedo
1974–1975 Cádiz
1978 Oviedo
1980–1982 ASFAR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He appeared in 205 La Liga matches and scored 92 goals over 13 seasons, almost exclusively for Real Madrid. He later embarked on a managerial career, which lasted nearly 25 years.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Durango, Biscay, Barinaga moved to England in his teens at the start of the Spanish Civil War, accompanied by two of his three siblings. Some of the other refugees who made the same journey in 1937 also became footballers, including Emilio Aldecoa, José Gallego and Raimundo Lezama;[1][2][3] whilst playing for his local high school he was discovered by Southampton and went on to spend one season with its reserve team, scoring 62 goals.[4]

Returning to his country at the end of the conflict and as another begun, Barinaga rejected an offer from Basque giants Athletic Bilbao, moving to Real Madrid instead. An inside forward on the right flank, he made his La Liga debut on 28 April 1940 in a 1–3 away loss against Athletic,[5] his only appearance of the season.

From 1943 to 1945, after nearly two years on loan in Segunda División with Real Valladolid, Barinaga scored 38 league goals in 48 games, but the Merengues won no silverware in the period. He netted the first ever goal at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in a 3–1 win over Portugal's C.F. Os Belenenses on 14 December 1947,[4][5] and won three major trophies during his nine-year spell at the club, notably two Copa del Generalísimo, with the player scoring in the 1946 final against Valencia CF (3–1);[6] on 13 June 1943, he contributed with four in only 13 minutes as Real trounced FC Barcelona 11–1 at home in the domestic cup semi-finals, following a 0–3 loss at Camp de Les Corts.[5]

Barinaga left Real Madrid in 1950 as a free agent – having appeared in his final season mostly as a central defender[5]– then played a further three top level seasons with Real Sociedad in his native region. In the summer of 1954, at his own request, he was released and joined Real Betis where he retired as a player.[7]

Coaching careerEdit

Barinaga started coaching precisely with his last club. For the 1957–58 campaign he moved to the top division with CA Osasuna, remaining in that tier for most of the following decade. In 1962 he also led CD Málaga to promotion from division two, only to be relegated back, a fate which also befell him with in Betis in 1968 and RCD Mallorca in 1970.[4]

Abroad, Barinaga worked for a few months with Club América in Mexico, later managing the national teams of Nigeria and Morocco. His last job was with Real Oviedo – which he had already coached in the top flight a few years before – not being able to prevent relegation from the second division in 1978.[7]


Barinaga died on 19 March 1988 in Madrid at the age of 65, from a heart disease. He was interred at the cemetery of Almudena in the city.[4]



Real Madrid


  1. ^ Herbert, Ian (6 September 2015). "A Spanish refugee boy 78 years ago blazed the trail for David Silva and Cesc Fabregas". The Independent. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "First foreign footballers: Spain's Emilio Aldecoa". Football365. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ Westland, Naomi (26 April 2017). "When football welcomed refugees". Amnesty International. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Sabino Barinaga, autor del primer gol en el Bernabéu (Sabino Barinaga, scorer of first goal at the Bernabéu); El País, 21 May 1988 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ a b c d El momento histórico (The historical moment); Algo Más que Fútbol, 6 February 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ a b Spain – Cup 1946; at RSSSF
  7. ^ a b "Sabino Barinaga, un nómada del fútbol" [Sabino Barinaga, football's nomad] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Madrid, 2 – Español, 0" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 23 June 1947. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Spain – List of Super Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 March 2016.

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