Biography of José Emilio Santamaría (1929-VVVV)

Hispano-uruguayo footballer, born in Montevideo (Uruguay) on July 31, 1929. It was formed in the lower teams of the Nacional de Montevideo, who became owner and that was until 1957, year in which left the team to join Spanish soccer. Signed by Real Madrid, in 1957, where he/she became the hub of the defense, became one of the best Central Europe. A year after his arrival at Real Madrid obtained Spanish nationality. The White Club he/she played for ten seasons and got six leagues, a Cup, four European cups and an Intercontinental Cup. It was international 25 times with the national team of Uruguay, with which he/she took part in the 1954 World Cup, held in Switzerland. With the Spanish team intervened on 16 occasions, between 1958 and 1966, and was present with the national team in the 1962 World Cup, held in Chile. In 1966 he/she retired from the practice of football and, two years later, joined the coaching staff of Real Madrid to take care of the lower categories.

In 1971 he/she was hired by the Espanyol of Barcelona and it remained for six seasons, during which the club lived brilliant moments, such as his third place in the League, in the season 1972-1973, and double participation in the UEFA Cup. In 1978 he/she was appointed coordinator of the selections by the Spanish Football Federation and two years later he/she was elected as national coach, replacing Ladislao Kubala, after the finals of the European Championship in Italy. In this role he/she took part in the Spain 1982 world, where the selection only managed to reach the second phase.

After this Championship left selection, which Miguel Muñoz took over. Since then he/she dissociated himself from the football and went on to run your business Ariete, S.A, destined to the manufacture and distribution of bread mold and pastries.