The wise man of Hortaleza

Luis Aragones - El Sabio de Hortaleza

Luis Aragones – El Sabio de Hortaleza

He was known in the Spanish football community as El Sabio de Hortaleza.

Aragonés led the Spanish football team back to glory in the 2008 Euro Championship after decades of floundering on the world stage.

During his career he coached fifteen different clubs including the big names Real Madrid and Barcelona but was mainly identified with the red and white Atlético de Madrid where he spent most of his managing career.  Aragonés was the top man at Manzanares on four different occasions between 1974 and 2003. His last stint at the club was to lead them back from second division into La Liga.

Just hours after Luis Aragonés passed away this Saturday at the age of 75, Atlético de Madrid hijacked the top of la Liga for the first time since the 1995-96 season with a 4-0 defeat over Real Sociedad.

By Ben de Buen.

Photo by David Yerga.