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José Luis Aragonés Suárez (born July 28, 1938 in Hortaleza, Madridmarker), usually referred to as Luis Aragonés and sometimes simply as Luis, is a former Spanishmarker footballer and national coach.

Aragonés has spent the majority of his career as a player and coach at Atlético Madrid. He was a prominent player and then coach of the successful Atlético team of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The team won La Liga four times, reached the final of the European Cup and won the Intercontinental Cup. Between 1964 and 1974 he played 265 La Liga games for Atlético and scored 123 goals. Aragonés has coached the club on four separate occasions. He has also played with several other clubs, most notably Real Betis, and played 11 times for Spain, scoring three goals. Apart from Atlético he has also coached seven other La Liga clubs as well as the Spanish national football team who he led to their 2nd European Championship title in 2008. He became the head coach of the Turkish football team Fenerbahçemarker after Euro 2008, and this is the first time that Aragonés has coached outside of his native Spain.

Early career

Aragonés began his playing career with CD Getafe in 1957 and that was also where he picked up his nickname "the elf". In 1958 he signed for Real Madrid but never made it into the senior team. He spent most of his time at Real Madrid on loan to other clubs, including Recreativo de Huelva and Hércules CF and Úbeda CF and playing for AD Plus Ultra, the Real Madrid reserve team. In 1960 he joined Real Oviedo and made his debut in the Primera Division. Between 1961 and 1964 he played for Real Betis, making 86 league appearances and scoring 33 goals. He was part of the team champion of Euro 1964, being reserve in the quarterfinals against Ireland

Atlético de Madrid

While at Atlético, Aragonés acquired the nickname Zapatones, meaning big boots and he was known as a free kick specialist. He was a regular goalscorer and in 1970 he shared the Pichichi with his fellow Atlético forward José Eulogio Gárate and Amancio. In 1974 he scored in the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich as Atlético held the German team in the European Cup final before losing 4-0 in the replay. After retiring as a player Aragonés was appointed Atlético coach for the first time in 1974. He soon earned himself a new nickname, El Sabio de Hortaleza (The Wise Man from Hortaleza). But after Aragones started going to the gym he changed it to the "Ogre" because of his appearence and maximum trained muscles.

Spanish national football team

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Spain won all three group games before facing France in the Second Round. After taking the lead through David Villa, they lost 3-1 following goals from Franck Ribéry, Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane. At Euro 2008, Spain also won all three group games, beat 2006 World Cup champion Italy on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, beat Russia 3-0 in the semifinal, and in the final defeated Germany 1-0 through a Fernando Torres goal, giving Aragonés his first trophy as Spain's manager, and the first for the country in 44 years.

Aragonés, apparently a superstitious person, made known his dislike for Spain's away kit which they had to wear during the crucial semifinal match against Russia. He insisted that the jerseys were "mustard" and not "yellow".

Thierry Henry incident

In 2004 Aragonés was appointed coach of Spain. During a training session in the same year, a Spanish TV crew filmed Aragonés trying to motivate José Antonio Reyes by making offensive references to Reyes' Arsenal F.C. black team-mate, Thierry Henry, saying:

The incident caused uproar in the Britishmarker media with calls for Aragonés to be sacked. After an investigation into the events during the match, UEFA fined the RFEF 100,000 Swiss francs/87,000 USD and warned that any future incidents would be punished more severely. UEFA noted that possible punishments could include suspension from major international tournaments or the closure of Spain's home international matches to supporters.

In response to this, Aragones has said in public that he is not a racist, and claimed that he had black friends. Brazilianmarker-born black midfielder Marcos Senna stated:

Managerial statistics

Performance by club

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Atlético Madrid 1974 1980

Real Betis 1981 1982

Atlético Madrid 1982 1987

Barcelona 1987 1988

Espanyol 1990 1991

Atlético Madrid 1991 1993

Sevilla 1993 1995

Valencia 1995 1997

Real Betis 1997 1998

Real Oviedo 1999 2000

Mallorca 2000 2001

Atlético Madrid 2001 2003

Mallorca 2003 2004

Spain 2004 2008

Fenerbahcemarker 2008 2009

Total 1048 486 254 308







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