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Luis Suárez Miramontes

Luis Suarez Miramontes
Luis Suárez, former player of Spain national team in 1962
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Full nameLuis Suárez Miramontes
Height1.75 m (5 ft 8.9 in)
Playing positionInside-left

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Luis Suárez Miramontes (-esˈlwis ˈswaɾeθ miɾaˈmontes; born May 2, 1935), also known by the diminutive Luisito, is a Spanish former footballer and manager. He played as a midfielder for Deportivo de La Coruña, CD España Industrial, CF Barcelona, Internazionale, Sampdoria and Spain. Suárez, who usually played as an inside left or central midfielder, is regarded as one of Spain's greatest players; as a player he was noted for his elegant, graceful style of play. Nicknamed El Arquitecto (The Architect) he was noted for his perceptive passing and explosive shot and in 1960 he became the first Spanish-born player to be voted European Footballer of the Year. In 1964 he helped Spain win the European Championship. He was also a prominent member of the successful CF Barcelona team of the 1950s before he joined Inter where he was an equally prominent member of the legendary Grande Inter team of the 1960s. He retired as a player in 1973, after three seasons at Sampdoria.

Suárez subsequently began a career as a coach and has managed Internazionale on three separate occasions, the last two on a caretaker basis. Suárez has also coached both Spain U21s and the senior Spain team. He was in charge of the latter for 27 games and led them to the second round of the 1990 World Cup. He has also coached several Italian and Spanish club sides. He is currently a scout for Inter.

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