GETTING STARTED IN DEPORTIVO
Born in A Coruna (Spain) to a family that owns a butcher shop in the Monte Alto neighborhood, Suarez had the opportunity to get acquainted with football quite early. In fact, both his older brothers Jose (11 years older than Suarez) and Agustin (2 years older) have followed the path of playing professional football.
Both Jose and Agustin have generally had fairly normal careers. However, they are still the ideal role model for Suarez to be charming with football. From a young age, Suarez showed his talent through street football.
Realizing Suarez’s potential, Deportivo scout Alejandro Scopelli immediately understood that this was a gem he had to grab quickly. He asked the host team to sign a contract with Suarez and thanks to that, Jose’s brother followed in the footsteps of his senior when he was 18 years old.
Led by coach Iturraspe and working with teammates who later became famous like Otero or Zubieta, Suarez improved significantly. As a player of not too modest height, but quite light, Suarez was once considered difficult to progress.
However, he forced those who underestimated him to change their opinion thanks to his extremely effective dribbling and long passing ability. On December 6, 1953, Suarez made his Deportivo debut in the 12th round of La Liga.
Despite Deportivo’s crushing defeat 1-6 at the hands of Barcelona, Suarez still left a good impression. There is an anecdote that, at halftime of the above match, Deportivo’s president, who does not know much about football, Antonio Martinez Rumbo entered the dressing room to “dry” the player’s hair.
Mr. Rumbo pressured coach Iturraspe not to use Suarez. However, coach Iturraspe and huge goalkeeper Otero both stood up to protect Suarez. Before the fierceness of this couple, the Deportivo president finally had to go into the water and let go of the young midfielder who had just entered the profession.
GO TO BARCA, WIN THE GOLDEN BALL AND FLY HIGH WITH INTER
In 1955, Suarez’s career turned a new page when he earned a passport to Barca with teammate Dagoberto Moll. In fact, Barca’s main target is Moll, but President Rumbo only agrees to “release” Moll if the Catalan giants receive Suarez.
The interesting thing here is that while Moll has only played 16 games for Barca in La Liga, Suarez has been much more successful. In 6 years with the Camp Nou team, he won 6 titles, most notably 2 consecutive La Liga championships (1958/59 and 1959/60).
On Christmas 1960, Suarez received the most valuable individual award of his career, the Golden Ball. In that year’s poll, he received 54 points, much higher than the following people including all good players such as Ferenc Puskas (37 points), Uwe Seeler (33), Alfredo Di Stefano (32) and Lev Yashin ( 28).
Excluding Di Stefano, who is an Argentinian, Suarez is the first and only Spanish player to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
In the 1960/61 season, Barca could not successfully defend the La Liga title but reached the final of the C1 Cup. Despite his best efforts in the championship match, in the end, Suarez could not help Barca avoid a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Benfica.
At the end of that season, Suarez moved to Italy to play for Inter for a fee of 25 million Pesetas (equivalent to 150,000 euros). The deal helped him go down in history as the most expensive player in the world at that time.
In his early days with Inter, Suarez had to receive derision from extremist fans who said that the blue and black striped team was too generous to buy him at a high price. However, Suarez still shines brightly when he is arranged to kick back compared to the position he usually takes at Barca.
With Inter, Suarez won 7 big and small titles, including 3 Scudetto in the seasons 1962/63, 1964/65 and 1965/66. At the national team level, he and Spain won the European Championship in 1964.
After retiring in 1973, Suarez switched to being a coach and did not retire until 1995. His best achievement as a manager was to help Spain U21 win the European Youth Championship in 1986.
Called by the Italians with a nickname
When news of Suarez’s death, many Italians expressed their deep grief even though the former Barca midfielder was not a citizen of the country of pasta. The reason the Italians keep such a strong memory of Suarez is because he spent many years working in the boot-shaped country as both a player and a coach. They even gave Suarez the intimate name Luisito to show respect to the former star who led Inter to three terms (1974 to 1975, 1992 and 1995).
About luis suarez
Full name: Luis Suarez Miramontes Nationality: Spain Date of birth: May 2, 1935 Date of death: July 9, 2023 Place of birth: A Coruna, Galicia (Spain) Place of death: Milan (Italy) Height : 1m75 Position: Midfielder right, attacking Clubs: Deportivo, Condal, Barca, Inter, Sampdoria Teams led: Genoa Primavera, Inter, Cagliari, SPAL, Como, Spain U21, national team Spain, Albacete Spain National Team Achievements: Played 32 matches, scored 14 goals Major Honors: 2 La Liga 1958/59, 1959/60; 3 Scudetto 1962/63, 1964/65 and 1965/66; European Champion 1963/64; 1964/65; Golden Ball 1960