Biography of José Samitier (1902-1972)

Spanish footballer, born in Barcelona (Spain) on February 1, 1902 and died in the same city on May 4, 1972. He/She started playing football in the playground equipment at Barcelona, but from 1916 to 1919 played internationally, to join the team of the Apartmentsel on June 1, 1919, where he/she stayed until 1932. With this team he/she was eleven times champion of Catalonia and Cup champion five times (1929, 1922, 1925, 1926 and 1928). In 1932 he/she was transferred to Real Madrid that was champion of that year League and Cup the following year. In 1935 he/she said goodbye to the Madrid club with a tribute party and in 1936 joined the team of the Nice, France, where he/she played until 1939. He/She abandoned the practice of soccer to become a coach and, after a brief time at Atlético de Madrid, in 1944 was responsible for the preparation of the Barcelona, which won the League Championship in 1945, until 1948. He/She left the soccer activity for a few years, but he/she returned as technical Secretary of the club blaugrana, since it developed also in the Real Madrid starting from 1959. In 1962 he/she returned to Barcelona, where he/she remained as technical advisor until his death on May 5, 1972. International got the silver medal in the Olympic Games of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1920, and played twenty-one games with the national shirt.