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Miguel Muñoz Mozún (born January 19, 1922 - died July 16, 1990 in Madridmarker) was a Spanishmarker football player and manager.

A midfielder, he spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid, where he also coached with great success, then went on to have a six-year coaching spell with the Spanish national team.

Playing career

Muñoz played for various junior teams in the Madridmarker area, but initially failed to attract the attention of Real. He subsequently played for CD Logroñés, Racing de Santander and Celta de Vigo. In 1948 Muñoz, together with teammate Pahiño, helped Celta finish fourth in the first division and reach the Copa del Generalísimo final, where he scored in the 1-4 defeat to Sevilla CF.

The following season, both players signed for Real Madrid, and Muñoz went on to appear in 347 official matches with the club from the capital. Additionally, he gained seven caps for Spain, but never appeared in any major tournament.

Muñoz scored the club's first ever goal in the European Cup against Servette FC; subsequently, he captained Real in two consecutive competition wins, in 1956/57, and retired from football the following year, at nearly 36.

Coaching career

Muñoz served a brief apprenticeship as coach of Real's reserve team, then named Plus Ultra CF, before been appointed coach of the senior team in 1959. His time in charge was one of the clubs most successful eras as, under his guidance, the club won the league nine times. This included a five in a row sequence (1961-1965) and another three consecutive.

In the European front, Muñoz led Real Madrid to two more won the European Cup, in 1960 and 1966. As a result, he became the first person to win the competition both as a player and a coach, which was later matched by Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard and Josep Guardiola. He left in 1974 after 16 seasons, as the side's longest-serving and most successful coach.

After seven more club seasons (Granada CF, Hércules CF, UD Las Palmas and Sevilla), Muñoz took the reins of the national side, after its group stage exit in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, on home soil.

Previously, he had had a four-game interim spell in the late 60's, and eventually led Spain to the UEFA Euro 1984 runner-up place, as well as the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup.

Death

Muñoz died in Madrid aged 68, from esophagus bleedings due to varicose veins.

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References

  1. Miguel Muñoz muere a los 68 años de edad (Miguel Muñoz dies at 68); El País, 17 July 1990


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