Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team. Regarded as one of the best players in the world, Suárez has won 17 trophies in his career, including five league titles and a UEFA Champions League title at club level, a Copa América with Uruguay. A prolific goalscorer, Suárez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, as well as ending the six-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning La Liga's Pichichi Trophy in 2016, he has scored over 400 senior career goals for country. Suárez began his career as a youth player for Nacional in 2003. At age 19, he relocated to the Netherlands to play for Groningen, before transferring to Ajax in 2007, he won his first trophy in 2010, the KNVB Cup, finishing the season as the league's top scorer and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. A year he helped Ajax secure the Eredivisie title, scored his 100th Ajax goal.
In January 2011, Suárez transferred to Liverpool, won the League Cup in his first full season. In 2014, he was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot, sharing the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo before moving to Barcelona in a transfer worth €82.3 million, making him one of the most expensive players in football history. In his first season at Barcelona, Suárez starred in an attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, helping the club win a historic second continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. Messi, Suárez, scored a total of 122 goals that season, the most for an attacking front three in Spanish football history. In his second season at the club, Suárez won his first Pichichi Trophy as well as his second European Golden Shoe, for which he became the first player since 2009 to win both awards other than Messi or Ronaldo, he ended the season with a total of 40 league goals, 14 of which came in his last five matches, 16 assists, becoming the first player in history to top La Liga in both goals and assists.
Suárez is Uruguay's all-time leading goalscorer. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup he played an important role in Uruguay's fourth-place finish, scoring three goals, as well as controversially blocking a goal-bound extra time header with his hands during the quarter-final against Ghana. At the 2011 Copa América, Suárez scored four goals as Uruguay won a record fifteenth Copa América, he was named Player of the Tournament. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Suárez scored his 40th international goal before he was suspended from the tournament after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suárez has been a source of controversy throughout his career; as well as his goal-line handball in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Ghana, he has bitten opponents on three separate occasions. He has been accused of and admitted to diving, in 2011, the FA found him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, a decision Suárez disputes. Suárez lived his early years at the Cerro neighbourhood in Salto, where he played youth football at Sportivo Artigas.
At age seven, he moved with his family to Montevideo, where he played youth football at Urreta FC. Suárez joined local side Nacional's youth team at age 14. At age 16, Suárez headbutted a referee following a red card. One night, he was caught drinking and partying, prompting his coach to threaten he would never play unless he started playing football more seriously. In May 2005, at age 18, Suárez made his first-team debut against Junior de Barranquilla in the Copa Libertadores, he scored his first goal in September 2005 and helped Nacional win the 2005–06 Uruguayan league with 10 goals in 27 matches. Suárez was found by a group of scouts from the Dutch club Groningen when they were in Uruguay to scout another player; as they watched, he scored a "wonder goal" against Defensor. After watching only that match, the scouts approached Suárez and said they wanted to buy him, after the season, Groningen paid Nacional €800,000 for him. Suárez was thrilled to go to Europe because his girlfriend, now wife, Sofía Balbi, had moved to Barcelona.
Suárez was 19 years old. Suárez struggled because he could not speak Dutch or English, he played on the second team to adjust to the Dutch game, his teammate and fellow Uruguayan, Bruno Silva, helped him settle into living in the Netherlands and playing for a new team. He worked hard to learn Dutch and his teammates respected him for his efforts with the language. Suárez scored goals for Groningen, but he had disciplinary problems. Suárez made his mark in a 4–3 home win over Vitesse, when with ten minutes to go he subsequently won a penalty and scored two goals. Suárez ended with 10 goals in 29 league appearances to help Groningen finish eighth in the 2006–07 Eredivisie, he scored in a 4–2 loss to Serbian club Partizan in his European debut. Ajax saw potential in Suárez and offered Groningen €3.5 million for him, but Groningen rejected the offer. Suárez was upset and brought his case to the Royal Dutch Football Association's arbitration committee to try to facilitate the sale; the arbitration committee ruled against him on 9 August 2007, but that same day, Ajax increased their offer to €7.5 million and Groningen accepted.
Suárez signed a five-year contract with Ajax and made his club deb
Albacete Balompié is a Spanish football team based in Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. Founded on 2 August 1940, it plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, with a capacity of 18,000, it is owned by Andres Iniesta. It has been reported in to be contrasted papers that football was first taught in Albacete by John Hulse, an English Engineer of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways Company, establishing the foundation of Locomotoras Albacete, after the same-named steam locomotive factory in the city, owned by the Goicoechea family, owners of Talgo. Thus, like in Manchester, football in Albacete is linked to the railway industry. After years of amateur and regional development of football, it would not appear formally in the shape we know until the end of the Spanish Civil War; the club was founded in 1940 under the name Albacete Fútbol Asociación, being changed in an attempt to make it sound "more Spanish". After years playing in the lower leagues, Albacete first played in the second division in 1985–86, repeating the feat five seasons later.
In 1989, Benito Floro consecutively promoted the club from the third division to La Liga, overachieving for a seventh place in the first season in the top level. Floro would coach Real Madrid, returning to Alba two seasons as the club was relegated in 1995–96. After years in the second division facing serious economic and sporting difficulties, Albacete returned to the top flight in the 2002–03 campaign, led by César Ferrando. However, Albacete dropped in 2004–05 after posting just 6 wins from 38 matches, going on to stabilize in the subsequent seasons in the second level; the 2010–11 season brought two coaching changes, with both Antonio Calderón and David Vidal being fired, as Albacete returned to the third division after 21 years. On 6 December 2011, Andrés Iniesta – who played for the club in his youth before joining Barcelona – became the club's major shareholder, donating €420,000 to the cash-strapped club; the club managed to reach the round of 16 of the 2011–12 Copa del Rey, notably beating Atlético Madrid 3–1 on aggregate.
In March 2013, Agustín Lázaro, chief executive officer of Andrés Iniesta's winery enterprise, was appointed as Albacete's chairman. In June, Iniesta loaned the club a further €240,000 to cover unpaid wages, thus preventing its administrative relegation to the fourth tier. In 2014, Albacete returned to the Segunda División, but was relegated two seasons after finishing the season in the 21st position; the club again returned to the Segunda División in the 2016–17 season after winning against Valencia Mestalla in the last round of the promotion play-offs. 7 seasons in La Liga 22 seasons in Segunda División 11 seasons in Segunda División B 29 seasons in Tercera División 10 seasons in Categorías Regionales The numbers are established according to the official website: www.albacete-bp.es and www.lfp.es As of 24 March 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Segunda División: 1990–91 Segunda División B: 1989–90, 2013–14, 2016–17 Tercera División: 1945–46, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1981–82 La Liga promotion: 1990–91, 2002–03 Segunda División promotion: 1984–85, 1989–90 The club plays its home matches at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte, which has an all-seated capacity of 18,000. Built in 1960, the stadium underwent two major redevelopments, the last being in 1998. Albacete Balompié B Fundación Albacete, Albacete Balompié's women's team. Albacete FS, a futsal club from the same city. Official website Futbolme team profile
Helenio Herrera Gavilán was an Argentine, naturalized French, football player and manager. He is best remembered for his success with the Inter Milan team known as Grande Inter in the 1960s. During his managerial career, Herrera won four La Liga titles in Spain and three Serie A titles in Italy with Inter, he guided Inter to European glory, winning two consecutive European Cups, among several other honours. He is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. Herrera was arguably the first manager to collect credit for his teams' performances, in the process becoming a superstar in the world of football. Up to that time, managers were more marginal figures in a team. All teams throughout Europe were known for their headline-grabbing individual players, e.g. Di Stéfano's Real Madrid, whereas Inter during the 1960s is still referred to as Herrera's Inter. Herrera was born in Argentina, to Spanish parents, his father Francisco, who worked as a carpenter, was an exiled anarchist from Andalusia.
His mother, Maria Gavilán Martínez, was a cleaner. In 1920, Herrera’s family left Argentina for Casablanca a French colonial city, in search of a better life. In Casablanca Herrera started his career as a footballer. Playing as a central defender, in 1932 he earned a transfer from RC Casablanca to mainland France – CASG Paris. Before World War II, Herrera played in FCO Charleville and Excelsior Roubaix. During the war, he played for five years more in Red Star Paris, Stade Français, EF Paris-Capitale and Puteaux, where he started his managing career in 1944 as a player-manager, he retired in 1945, while his playing career was short of notable successes, his managing career, coinciding with the early beginnings of UEFA competitions, had a marked effect on the game's tactical definitions. After his first season in Puteaux, Herrera rejoined Stade Français for a third time now as manager. After three seasons with no trophies collected, the club's president opted to sell the club. Herrera moved to Spain, where he spent the next six years with Real Valladolid, Atlético Madrid, CD Málaga, Deportivo de La Coruña and Sevilla, before moving to Portugal and entering a two-year tenure with Lisbon side Os Belenenses.
Returning to Spain, he managed giants Barcelona, where he won various titles, but several problems, including disagreements between him and star player Ladislao Kubala, forced him to leave the club in 1960. He emigrated to Italy and signed with Internazionale, winning three Serie A titles and two European Cups during his stay with the club, where he modified a 5–3–2 tactic known as the Verrou to include larger flexibility for counter-attacks – and the Catenaccio was born; the side was nicknamed Grande Inter, due to the club's successes under Herrera. During this time he was coaching Spain and Italy. In 1968, Herrera moved to Roma, where he became the highest paid manager in the world, with a contract worth an estimated £150,000 per year, he won the Coppa Italia in his first season but relations with club president Alvaro Marchini had soured over the tragic death of his centre-forward Giuliano Taccola in the team dressing room at an away game against Cagliari. The following season, 1969–70, erratic results in the League gave Marchini the excuse to sack him.
He returned to management for a one-year stint with Inter for the 1973–74 season. Herrera suffered a heart attack, did not want to coach full-time any more and retired in Venice where he lived the rest of his life. While inactive between 1974 and 1978, Herrera returned during the end of the decade, managing Rimini Calcio and ending his career with a return to FC Barcelona for one-and-a-half seasons in 1980 and 1981, he pioneered the use of psychological motivating skills – his pep-talk phrases are still quoted today, e.g. "he who doesn't give it all, gives nothing", "with 10 our team plays better than with 11" and "Class + Preparation + Intelligence + Athleticism = Championships". These slogans were plastered on billboards around the ground and chanted by players during training sessions, he enforced a strict discipline code, for the first time forbidding players to drink or smoke and controlling their diet – once at Inter he suspended a player after telling the press "we came to play in Rome" instead of "we came to win in Rome".
He sent club personnel to players' homes during the week to perform'"bed-checks." He introduced the ritiro, a pre-match remote country hotel retreat that started with the collection of players on Thursday to prepare for a Sunday game. He was one of the first managers to call on the support of the "12th player" – the spectators. While indirectly, this led to the appearance of the first Ultras movements in the late 60s. While defensive in nature, his understanding of the Catenaccio was different from that practised by other Italian teams and the original Verrou, as he used the full backs as halfbacks to launch faster counter-attacks, a staple of Italian tactics – yet, he never denied the heart of his team relied on defence. In 2004 Herrera's widow Fiora Gandolfi released. In it was collected sayings and notes from Herrera's notebooks and journals. Herrera's standard formation at Inter was the 5–3–2 system, which always i
Antoni Ramallets Simón was a Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper, a manager. He spent most of his career at FC Barcelona during the 1950s and early 1960s, winning the Zamora Trophy as the best goalkeeper in La Liga on five occasions, 18 major club honours. Ramallets represented Spain in the 1950 World Cup and, in the 1960s, managed several clubs in his country, notably winning two major trophies with Zaragoza. Born in Barcelona, Ramallets signed for FC Barcelona in 1947 at the age of 23, from Real Valladolid, where he spent his first season after being purchased, on loan, he returned to the club to play second-fiddle to Juan Velasco, making his La Liga debut in a 2–1 win against Sevilla FC on 28 November 1948. Although this was his only appearance during the season he became the starter, being an essential defensive unit as his team – named Club de Fútbol Barcelona – went on to win six leagues and five domestic cups. During the 1950s, Ramallets was a prominent member of the successful Barcelona team that included Joan Segarra, Marià Gonzalvo, László Kubala, Sándor Kocsis, Luis Suárez and Zoltán Czibor.
During his spell with the club he made 538 appearances, including 288 in the domestic league. Ramallets coached several clubs including old acquaintance Valladolid. In the 1963–64 campaign he led Real Zaragoza to the fourth place in the league, the Spanish Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – a competition he had won twice as a player with Barcelona – winning over fellow league team Valencia CF in the latter. Ramallets played 35 games for Spain during 11 years, making his debut against Chile on 29 June 1950, during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. During the tournament he earned the nickname The Cat of Maracaná, helping the nation to the second group stage. Ramallets played seven games for the unofficial Catalan national side. Ramallets died in his Vilafranca del Penedès home near Barcelona, on 31 July 2013, he was 89 years old. BarcelonaLa Liga: 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1958–59, 1959–60 Copa del Generalísimo: 1951, 1952, 1952–53, 1957, 1958–59 Copa Eva Duarte: 1948, 1952, 1953 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1955–58, 1958–60 Latin Cup: 1949, 1952 Zamora Trophy: 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60 ZaragozaCopa del Generalísimo: 1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1963–64 Antoni Ramallets at BDFutbol Antoni Ramallets manager profile at BDFutbol FC Barcelona profile at the Wayback Machine Antoni Ramallets at National-Football-Teams.com Antoni Ramallets – FIFA competition record Spain stats at Eu-Football
S. P. A. L. An acronym for Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor, is a professional Italian football club, based in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna; the team plays in the highest level of the Italian football league system. Founded in 1907, since 1928 they have played their home matches at Stadio Paolo Mazza, named after Paolo Mazza. In total, SPAL have participated in 23 top-tier, 26 second-tier, 41 third-tier, 7 fourth-tier and 1 fifth-tier league seasons; the club's best finish was when they came fifth in the 1959–60 Serie A. The club is owned by Vetroresina S.p. A. and chaired by Walter Mattioli. The current manager is Leonardo Semplici; the club was founded in March 1907 as Circolo Labor by the Salesian priest Pietro Acerbis. In the early stages, it was a cultural and religious association in 1913 it became a multi-sports company, taking the name of Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor; the team began its professional activity under the aegis of the Italian Football Federation in 1919, competing in the second-tier tournament.
SPAL played in the top flight league from 1920 to 1925, reaching the qualification playoff for the National Finals in 1921–22. From 1925 until the Second World War, they played in Serie B and Serie C: in this period, the club's all-time top striker Mario Romani scored 130 goals in 189 games during two different periods with the white-blues. Between 1939 and 1943 the club temporarily changed its name to A. C. Ferrara, wearing the black and white colours of the city. After the suspension of the championships due to war, in 1945 the club returned to the name SPAL and to the light blue and white kits. In 1946 Paolo Mazza became chairman of the club. After five consecutive seasons in Serie B, SPAL won promotion to Serie A after finishing the championship first in 1950–51; the white-blues subsequently stayed in the top division for most of the 1950s and 1960s, competing in 16 out of 17 Serie A seasons from 1951 to 1968. SPAL finished fifth in 1959–60, thus obtaining the best finish in its history. In 1961–62 they played in the Coppa Italia final, losing against Napoli.
In the early stages of 1962–63 season, in which the club finished in eighth place, the white and blues managed to reach the top of the league table. During those years, the club was a launchpad for many young players who became stars, among them Fabio Capello. In 1963–64 they were relegated to Serie B, but they came back to Serie A after only one year, remained in the top division until 1968. At the end of the last season in the top flight, SPAL won the Cup of Italian-Swiss Friendship. During 1970s, 1980s and 1990s SPAL played in Serie B and Serie C/C1. Paolo Mazza was replaced by Primo Mazzanti; the former chairman died in December 1981 and three months Ferrara's Stadio Comunale was named after him. In 1990, Giovanni Donigaglia became chairman of the club: between 1990 and 1992 SPAL obtained back-to-back promotions from Serie C2 to Serie B, under the management of Giovan Battista Fabbri. Donigaglia left the presidency in 2002 with the squad in Serie C1, he was replaced by Lino di Nardo. The club went bankrupt in 2005, were reformed as SPAL 1907 S.r.l. under the terms of Article 52 of N.
O. I. F.. In the summer of 2012, after suffering a second bankruptcy, the club was refounded for the second time as Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Real SPAL and would begin life in Serie D again under Article 52 of N. O. I. F.. At the end of the 2012–13 season the club took back its original denomination. Giacomense, a club founded in 1967 at Masi San Giacomo, a frazione of Masi Torello, had moved to the city of Ferrara; the club changed its name to S. P. A. L. 2013, in order to continue the football history of SPAL. They finished the 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season in sixth place, thus qualifying for the inaugural unified 2014–15 Lega Pro season. In 2015–16, the squad won promotion to Serie B for the first time since the 1992–93 season, after finishing first in group B of the Lega Pro; the following year they came first in Serie B, thus obtaining promotion to Serie A after a 49-year absence. The team's colours are light white, which derive from the Salesians' emblem; the home kit, since 1962, has been composed of a vertical striped light blue-white shirt, white trainers and white socks.
The only exception to light blue and white was when the club adopted a black and white kit between 1939 and 1943, in honour of Ferrara's civic colours. The badge features an oval-shaped light blue escutcheon, with a white band in the upper section, on, written the acronym S. P. A. L. in golden characters. In the lower section, the black and white emblem of the city is featured. From 1980 until mid-1990s the official badge featured another symbol of the club. SPAL's most common nicknames are Estensi. Campo di Piazza d'Armi Stadio Paolo Mazza The current home ground of SPAL is the 16,134 seater Stadio Paolo Mazza; the stadium was opened in September 1928 as Stadio Comunale took on its current name in February 1982, in honour of the former president of the club Paolo Mazza, who died two months earlier. It had a capacity of 4,000. In concomitance with the promotion of SPAL to Serie A
The Ballon d'Or is an annual football award presented by France Football. It has been awarded since 1956, although between 2010 and 2015, an agreement was made with FIFA and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year, known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or. However, the partnership ended in 2016 and the award was reversed back to Ballon d'Or, while FIFA reverted to its own separate annual award. Conceived by sports writer Gabriel Hanot, the Ballon d'Or award honours the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on voting by football journalists, it was an award for players from Europe. In 1995 the Ballon d'Or was expanded to include all players from any origin that have been active at European clubs; the award became a global prize in 2007 with all professional footballers from around the world being eligible. Stanley Matthews of Blackpool was the inaugural winner of the Ballon d'Or. Prior to 1995, the award was known in English language media as the European Footballer of the Year award.
Milan's George Weah, the only African recipient, became the first non-European to win the award in the year that rules of eligibility were changed. Ronaldo of Internazionale became the first South American winner two years later. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the award a record five times each. Three players have won the award three times each: Johan Cruyff of Ajax and Barcelona, Michel Platini of Juventus and Marco van Basten of Milan. With seven awards each, Dutch and Portuguese players won the most Ballons d'Or. Only Germany and the Netherlands took all three top spots in one year. Two Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid share the top for employing the most winners, with eleven wins each. Between 2010 and 2015 inclusive, the award was merged with a similar one, the FIFA World Player of the Year award, to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or, awarded to the world's best male player before FIFA and France Football broke the merging agreement. After 2011, UEFA created the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award to maintain the format of the original Ballon d'Or.
Eight players have won the FIFA World Cup, the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or during their careers. One-time winners are only included if they have finished second or third in another year. An honorary award, under the name Super Ballon d'Or, was awarded to Alfredo Di Stéfano in 1989, after he surpassed Johan Cruyff and Michel Platini in France Football's voting. A decade France Football elected Pelé the Football Player of the Century after consulting their former Ballon d'Or recipients. Among the 34 previous winners, 30 cast their votes; each voter was allotted five votes worth up to five points. Pelé was named the greatest by 17 voters, receiving double the number of points earned by the runner-up, Diego Maradona. To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Ballon d'Or in 2016, France Football published a reevaluation of the awards presented before 1995, when only European players were eligible to win the award. 12 out of the 39 Ballons d'Or presented during this time period would have been awarded to South American players.
The original recipients, remain unchanged. Maradona and Pelé received honorary Ballons d'Ors for their services to football in 1996 and 2013, respectively. FIFA World Player of the Year FIFA Ballon d'Or The Best FIFA Football Awards FIFPro World XI Ballon d'Or Féminin "European Footballer of the Year". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. "La liste complête des lauréats du Ballon d'or, de 1956 à nos jours". France Football. Retrieved 24 March 2015
1964 European Nations' Cup
The 1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the second European Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain, it was won by the hosts 2–1 over defending champions Soviet Union. The tournament was a knockout competition; the Soviet Union and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. The teams played. Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union and Hungary. In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated the Danes 3–0 in Barcelona and Spain beat Hungary 2–1 in extra time in Madrid, the winning goal being scored by Amancio. Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino. In all matches but the final, extra time and a coin toss were used to decide the winner if necessary.
If the final remained level after extra time, a replay would be used to determine the winner. All times are local, CET. There were 13 goals scored for an average of 3.25 goals per match. 2 goals 1 goal UEFA Team of the Tournament 1964 European Nations' Cup at UEFA.com