A unique soccer champion, Barcelona and Inter legend dies
Spanish footballer Luis Suarez Miramontes has died at the age of 88, reports AS. Midfielder Luis Suarez was the first Spanish footballer who played for an Italian club (Inter). He was awarded the Ballon d'Or in 1960 becoming the first and only Spanish-born player to win the trophy.
According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, the legendary midfielder is ranked 50th among the best players in Europe in the 20th century and 5th among the best players in Spain in the 20th century.
Luis Suarez Miramontes is one of the greatest legends of Spanish soccer. The native of La Coruña started his career at the local Deportivo, but in 1954 he moved to Barcelona, becoming one of its leaders. In seven seasons in the "blue-red" uniform he won the national championship twice, two Fair Play Cups and two King's Cups.
His career reached a new level when he signed with Inter Milan in 1961.
With the Nerazzurri he won two European Cups, three Scudetto's and two Intercontinental Cups. In addition, he was part of the Spanish team that won the first European Championship in 1964. He played 32 games for the national team in total. In 1970 he moved to Sampdoria, where three years later finished his professional career.
In 1980-88, he served as coach of Spain's U-21 national team. In 1986, the team won the U-21 European Championship for the first time in history. In 1988 he became coach of the Spanish national team, leading it to the 1990 World Cup in Italy.