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Luis Suárez Miramontes (born May 2, 1935) is a Spanish former footballer and manager. He played as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, CD España Industrial, CF Barcelona, Inter Milan, Sampdoria and Spain. Suárez who usually played as an inside left, is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players. He was noted for his perceptive passing and explosive shot and in 1960 he became the only Spanish-born player to date to be voted the European Footballer of the Year. In 1964 he helped Spain win the European Championship. He was also a prominent member of the successful CF Barcelona team of the 1950s before he joined Inter Milan where he was an equally prominent member of the legendary Great Inter side of the 1960s. 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 separate 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.

Biography

Early career

Suárez was born in A Coruñamarker, Galiciamarker. He lived on the Avenida de Hércules in the barrio of La Torre .

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

CF Barcelona

Between 1955 and 1961 Suárez was a regular in a CF Barcelona team that also included Ladislao Kubala, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, Ramallets and Evaristo. With Helenio Herrera as coach, the club and Suárez won a La Liga/Copa del Generalísimo double in 1959 and a La Liga/Fairs Cup double in 1960. Suárez was also voted European Footballer of the Year in 1960. One of his last games for FC Barcelona was the final of the European Cup in 1961 which they lost 3-2 to S.L. Benfica.

Inter Milan

In 1961 Suárez became the world's most expensive footballer when FC Barcelona sold him to Inter Milan for 250 million Italian liras (£142,000). The move saw him follow his mentor Helenio Herrera.

Suárez became a regular in the Great 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.

Spain

Suárez also played 32 games for Spain and scored 14 goals. He made his debut on December 6, 1957 in a 6-1 victory over Holland and represented Spain at both the 1962 and 1966 World Cups. However his greatest achievement with Spain came in 1964 when, together with Josep Fusté, Amancio Amaro, José Ángel Iribar and Jesus María Pereda, he helped them win the European Championship. He played his final game for Spain in 1972.

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1952-53 Deportivo La Coruña La Liga 17 3 - - 17 3
1953-54 España Industrial Segunda División
1953-54 Barcelona La Liga 0 0 6 0 1 1 7 1
1954-55 6 3 1 1 3 4 10 8
1955-56 17 6 2 0 3 4 22 10
1956-57 21 13 2 0 4 3 27 16
1957-58 12 2 2 2 14 4
1958-59 26 14 9 6 11 7 46 27
1959-60 23 13 11 7 6 1 40 21
1960-61 17 10 5 5 9 4 31 19

1961-62 Internazionale Milano Serie A 27 11 - 5 4 32 15
1962-63 29 8 1 0 - 30 8
1963-64 27 3 - 9 1 36 4
1964-65 29 8 3 1 9 2 41 11
1965-66 27 5 2 0 7 0 36 5
1966-67 32 3 2 1 9 1 43 5
1967-68 29 2 9 1 - 38 3
1968-69 29 1 - - 29 1
1969-70 28 1 5 1 10 1 43 3
1970-71 Sampdoria Serie A 28 5
1971-72 27 4
1972-73 8 0
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