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José María Maguregui

José María Maguregui
Personal information
Full name José María Maguregui Ibarguchi
Date of birth (1934-03-16)16 March 1934
Place of birth Miravalles, Spain
Date of death 30 December 2013(2013-12-30) (aged 79)
Place of death Bilbao, Spain
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1951–1952 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1961 Athletic Bilbao 198 (36)
1952 Getxo (loan)
1961–1963 Sevilla 19 (0)
1963–1964 Español 14 (3)
1964–1965 Recreativo 8 (3)
National team
1952 Spain U18 2 (0)
1955 Spain B 1 (1)
1955–1957 Spain 7 (1)
Teams managed
1967–1969 Miravalles
1969–1972 Sestao
1972–1977 Racing Santander
1977–1978 Celta
1978–1980 Almería
1980–1983 Español
1983–1987 Racing Santander
1987–1988 Celta
1988 Atlético Madrid
1988–1989 Murcia
1990–1991 Celta
1992–1993 Poli Almería
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José María Maguregui Ibarguchi (16 March 1934 – 30 December 2013) was a Spanish football midfielder and coach.

Playing career

Born in Ugao-Miraballes, Biscay, Maguregui made his professional debuts in 1952 at the age of 18, with Basque Country giants Athletic Bilbao. After a poor first season in La Liga – 12 games, no goals – he became a very important first-team unit, helping it to the 1956 national championship and three Copa del Rey trophies in four years.[1]

In 1963, after amassing official totals of and 235 matches and 42 goals, 29-year-old Maguregui left Athletic, retiring after spells with Sevilla FC (two years), RCD Español and Recreativo de Huelva. He gained seven caps for Spain in slightly less than two years, scoring in his debut on 19 June 1955, a 3–0 friendly win in Switzerland.[2]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 June 1955 Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland  Switzerland 0–3 0–3 Friendly[3]

Coaching career

After managing his hometown club in amateur football, Maguregui moved to Sestao Sport, also in his native region. In 1972 he was appointed at Racing de Santander, achieving two top flight promotions with the Cantabrians and remaining five years with the team.[4]

Maguregui then managed to lead two more teams to division one promotions, Celta de Vigo in 1978[5] and lowly AD Almería in 1979,[6] overachieving with the latter in the following season (ninth-place finish),[7] which prompted his signing with a club he had represented as a player, Español.[8]

After three average seasons in Catalonia, ranking between positions 9–13,[9] Maguregui returned to Racing, helping it to top flight promotion in his first year and going on to remain with the club a total of nine years, being the manager with more games at its service.[4] He worked with Celta in the 1987–88 season, also in the first division, being dismissed in round 30 due to the surmounting pressure after his agreement with Atlético Madrid for the following campaign.[10]

Maguregui was fired by the Colchoneros in early October 1988 in spite of two consecutive home wins, 3–0 against Cádiz CF for the league and 2–1 over FC Groningen for the UEFA Cup (away goals rule elimination), being one of four coaches used by the club during the season (elusive Jesús Gil was the chairman) which saw the team finish in fourth place.[11] He concluded the campaign with fellow first-divisioner Real Murcia,[12] which suffered relegation.[13]

Maguregui's last job at the professional level was with Celta, with the coach arriving in Galicia late into 1989–90 – which ended in top flight relegation – and leaving 18 games into the following season.[5]



Athletic Bilbao
Spain U18




Maguregui died on 30 December 2013 at the age of 79 in Bilbao, after a long battle with illness. In his last public appearance, in June, he attended the inauguration of the new San Mamés.[1][16]


  1. ^ a b c Fallece Maguregui, exjugador y exentrenador del Athletic (Maguregui, former Athletic player and manager, dies); Marca, 30 December 2013 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Suiza, 0 – España, 3 (Switzerland, 0 – Spain, 3); El Mundo Deportivo, 20 June 1955 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Datos de Maguregui (Maguregui data); at Sigue a La Roja (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b with torn heart)racinguistasMaguregui y Aitor Aguirre, ex racinguistas con el corazón dividido (Maguregui and Aitor Aguirre, former ; El Diario Montañés, 24 January 2008 (Spanish)
  5. ^ a b José María Maguregui; Yo Entrené al Celta, 2 December 2010 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Maguregui ha sido lo más grande que ha tenido el fútbol de Almería" ("Maguregui was the greatest thing that ever happened to football in Almería"); La Voz de Almería, 30 December 2013 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Maguregui: "Debimos aprovechar la ausencia de Migueli" (Maguregui: "We should have taken advantage of Migueli's absence"); El Mundo Deportivo, 19 May 1980 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Contactos a "go-go" (Contacts a "go-go"); El Mundo Deportivo, 19 July 1980 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Cuando el telón ha caído (When the curtain calls); El Mundo Deportivo, 11 June 1983 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Gil echa a Ufarte del Atlético de Madrid por no aceptar las decisiones de Maguregui (Gil sacks Ufarte from Atlético de Madrid for not complying with Maguregui's decisions); El País, 13 April 1988 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Maguregui presentó la dimisión (Maguregui presented resignation); El Mundo Deportivo, 7 October 1988 (Spanish)
  12. ^ El Murcia cesa a Dunai y le sustituye Maguregui (Murcia fires Dunai and replaces him with Maguregui); El Mundo Deportivo, 26 October 1988 (Spanish)
  13. ^ El Zaragoza vence, y Maguregui, destituido (Zaragoza wins, and Maguregui, fired); El Mundo Deportivo, 17 April 1989 (Spanish)
  14. ^ La Cantera del Talento, cuarenta programas descubriendo a los más jóvenes (La Cantera del Talento, forty shows spotting the youngest); RFEF, 25 December 2011 (Spanish)
  15. ^ AD Almería 1978/1979; at Footballdatabase
  16. ^ Gracias, viejo (Thanks, old man); El País, 5 June 2013 (Spanish)

External links

  • BDFutbol player profile
  • BDFutbol coach profile
  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • National team data
  • José María Maguregui at
  • José María Maguregui – FIFA competition record
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