Luis Aragonés would have turned 82 today

The 'Sabio de Hortaleza', who left us on February 1, 2014, is one of the great legends of the club and remains in the memory of all athletes.


Luis Aragonés (July 28, 1938) was a person whose name will be associated forever with Atlético de Madrid (and the Spanish National Team, of course). He was an institution as a footballer and as a coach at the mattress club. As a player, the story began in 1964, when Luis came to the entity from Betis after separating from Real Madrid. He was a midfielder with an exceptional touch (he would not have clashed in the Spain of the tiqui-taca) and was characterized by having a high-level kick shot and a lot of goal. He was on the staff for 10 seasons (until 1974) and at that time he won several titles: three Leagues (1965-66, 1969-70 and 1972-73), two Cups of the Generalissimo (1964-65 and 1971-72) and one Intercontinental Cup (1974-75), competition in which the rojiblancos participated after the resignation of Bayern, winner in the tiebreaker match of the sadly remembered final of the European Cup that season. In addition, he was top scorer in the league championship in the 1969-70 campaign with 16 goals, tied with his teammate Gárate and Amancio. In total he played 370 games in which he scored 171 goals and gave 40 assists. That allowed him to be the top scorer in the history of the club to this day.

After hanging his boots in the middle of the 1974-1975 season, he decided to start his career on the bench in the team of his loves. He managed his Atleti for six seasons (with some intermittency in the final seasons) until his departure in the 1979-80 academic year. In this first stage he won the Copa del Rey in 1976 and his only league as a coach in 1977. His Atletico heart prevented him from being away from the club for a long time and in the 1982-83 campaign he took the reins of the mattresses again to stay another five seasons on the Atletico bench (until 1987) .

It would not be the last time that Luis would sit on the bench of Vicente Calderón. In 1991 he decided to return and in his premiere he gave the mattress makers a well-remembered triumph, the Copa del Rey won against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. He only stayed two seasons before making a long journey through different clubs in our country. The final chapter of the history of Luis and Atlético took place in 2001 and is proof that, whatever happens, Luis's affection for Atlético was unconditional.

A year earlier the club had consummated the saddest episode of its recent era (the relegation to the Second Division) and, after a first attempt to ascend in which he remained at the gates, Gil offered to return to his home to take his Athletics to its rightful place. Luis fulfilled the objective, winning the League in the silver category and moving up to First. The following year he continued on the rojiblanco bench and managed to keep him in the elite of our football, after which he decided to close his stage in the club by signing for Mallorca as a step prior to his arrival in the National Team in 2004. As coach he developed the model of the tiqui-taca and led La Roja to win the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.

Unfortunately, on February 1, 2014, the sad news came that 'El Sabio de Hortaleza' died of leukemia, leaving a huge void not only in the hearts of athletes, but in those of all Spaniards, to those who gave back the illusion for a Selection that we had resigned ourselves to not seeing win anything. Without a doubt, Luis put the seed for the future successes of La Roja, a team that made history in the world of soccer between 2008 and 2012 with a World Cup and two Euro Cups.

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