Amancio Amaro

Amancio Amaro

Spanish football player
Date of Birth: 16.10.1939
Country: Spain

Biography of Amanzio Amaro

Amanzio Amaro was a Spanish football player who stood out among the young players called to strengthen the Real Madrid team. One of the criteria that distinguished him was the requested fee, which almost broke the contract negotiation. However, the team's management agreed to the contract and never regretted it.

Amancio Amaro

Amanzio began his sports career at the age of 15, making his debut in the local club Victoria Club de Futbol in Santa Lucia. Later, in the 1958-1959 season, he moved to Deportivo de La Coruña, which was playing in the second Spanish division at the time. As Deportivo reached the first division, agents from major Spanish teams, including Real Madrid, started paying attention to Amanzio.

Amancio Amaro

The signing of Amanzio's contract with Real Madrid almost fell through due to the high sum requested by the player. However, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste intervened, and the contract was successfully signed in June 1962. Amanzio was joined by Ignacio Zoco, Lucien Muller, and Yanko Daucik in the team.

Amancio Amaro

The team was in a transitional state, having had successful performances, but struggling to meet the high expectations. Amanzio made his debut at the European level against Anderlecht, and his first opponents in the League were Real Betis.

In the 1963-1964 season, Amanzio and Real Madrid reached the final of the European Cup but were defeated 3-1 by Inter Milan. The following season was even more challenging, with Benfica eliminating the young Madrid team in the quarterfinals. However, the situation began to improve over time with the arrival of new talented young players like Pirri, Velázquez, Manuel Sanchís Martínez, and Ramón Grosso. With a strong defense and almost unbeatable attackers, Real Madrid made its way to the final once again.

On May 11, 1966, they faced FK Partizan in the game. Partizan scored the first goal, but Amanzio managed to equalize the score brilliantly by outsmarting the defender and the Yugoslavian goalkeeper. Five minutes later, Amanzio's teammate Fernando Serena launched an impressive attack from 30 meters, securing the victory for Real Madrid. This victory was Amanzio's first and only European Cup win, as he never reached the final again.

In the League, Amanzio also demonstrated impressive results. He won six championships in his first six seasons with Real Madrid and added nine more throughout his career. His performance as a Real Madrid player made him highly respected internationally, and he earned the right to play for the FIFA international team. Amanzio represented the Spanish national team in 42 matches, including the legendary victory over the USSR in 1964.

Amanzio retired from professional football in 1976 but remained involved in the sport, becoming a coach for Real Madrid shortly after. He only stayed for one season before venturing into business. However, in 1982, he returned to coaching. Amanzio had the opportunity to work with several teams, but fate always brought him back to Real Madrid. In July 2000, he even ran for the position of the club's president.

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