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Ignacio Zoco

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Zoco in 1971
Personal information
Full nameIgnacio Zoco Esparza
Date of birth(1939-07-31)31 July 1939
Place of birth Garde, Spain
Date of death 28 September 2015(2015-09-28) (aged 76)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
1957–1959 Oberena
1959–1962 Osasuna 69 (4)
1959Iruña (loan)
1962–1974 Real Madrid 318 (8)
National team
1961 Spain B 1 (0)
1961–1969 Spain 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ignacio Zoco Esparza (31 July 1939 – 28 September 2015) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Association football Team field sport

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He played 12 years of his professional career with Real Madrid, appearing in more than 400 official games and winning ten major titles.

Zoco played more than 20 times with Spain, winning the 1964 European Nations' Cup and also representing the nation at the 1966 World Cup.

Spain national football team National association football team representing Spain

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1964 European Nations Cup 1964 edition of the UEFA 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.

1966 FIFA World Cup 1966 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup and was held in England from 11 to 30 July 1966. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the Jules Rimet Trophy. It is England's only FIFA World Cup title. They were the fifth nation to win and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.

Club career

Born in Garde, Navarre, Zoco joined CA Osasuna from another side in the region, amateurs CD Oberena. After spending the first months on loan to CD Iruña, he made his La Liga debut on 10 January 1960 in a 1–2 away loss against Real Oviedo, and eventually started in all the games he appeared in as the season ended in relegation.

Garde, Spain Municipality in Navarre, Spain

Garde is a town and municipality located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain.

Navarre Autonomous community and province of Spain

Navarre ; officially the Chartered Community of Navarre, is an autonomous community and province in northern Spain, bordering the Basque Autonomous Community, La Rioja, and Aragon in Spain and Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France. The capital city is Pamplona.

CA Osasuna Spanish association football team

Club Atlético Osasuna or simply Osasuna, is a Spanish football team based in Pamplona, Navarre.

In the 1962 summer, Zoco signed for powerhouse Real Madrid, playing in only 13 matches in his first year, which ended with league conquest, but becoming a starter from there onwards. In 1965–66, apart from appearing in every minute in the domestic competition, he added nine complete games in the campaign's European Cup, including the final against FK Partizan (2–1 win). [1]

The 1962-63 La Liga was the 32nd season since its establishment. The season started on September 16, 1962, and finished on April 21, 1963.

The 1965–66 La Liga was the 35th season since its establishment. The season started on September 4, 1965, and finished on April 3, 1966.

1965–66 European Cup football tournament held in 1966

The 1965–66 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won by Real Madrid, winners of the first five European Cups from 1956 to 1960, for the sixth time in a close final against Partizan. Real Madrid eliminated title-holders Internazionale in the semi-finals.

Apart from those two accolades, Zoco won a further six national championships and two Copa del Rey trophies with Real Madrid, playing in a total of 64 games in European competition with the Merengues (six goals scored). He retired in June 1974 at the age of 35 and, 20 years later, was appointed the club's match delegate in replacement of Miguel Ángel González, [2] retaining the position until 1998.

Copa del Rey Spanish association football tournament

The Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey, commonly known as Copa del Rey or simply La Copa, is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

UEFA international sport governing body

The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

International career

Zoco earned 25 caps for Spain, making his debut on 19 April 1961 in a 2–1 away win against Wales for the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was selected for the squads at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, helping the national team win the tournament, and the 1966 World Cup.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 December 1963 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1–1 1–2 Friendly [3]

Personal life and death

Zoco married singer/songwriter María Ostiz (born 1944) in 1974, with the couple fathering three children and going on to remain married 41 years. He succeeded Alfredo Di Stéfano at the helm of Real Madrid's Veterans Association, after the latter's death.

Zoco died in Madrid on 28 September 2015, after a long illness. He was 76 years old. [4] [5]



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