Luis del Sol

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Luis del Sol
Luis del Sol 1962.jpg
Del Sol in 1962
Personal information
Full name Luis del Sol Cascajares
Date of birth (1935-04-06) 6 April 1935 (age 83)
Place of birth Arcos de Jalón, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
San Gerónimo
Retiro San Miguel
1951–1953 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1959 Betis 101 (27)
1953–1954 Utrera (loan)
1960–1962 Real Madrid 55 (22)
1962–1970 Juventus 228 (20)
1970–1972 Roma 50 (4)
1972–1973 Betis 17 (0)
National team
1959 Spain U21 1 (0)
1957–1959 Spain B 3 (0)
1960–1966 Spain 16 (3)
Teams managed
Jerez Industrial
Betis (youth)
1986–1987 Betis
1990 Recreativo
2001 Betis

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Luis del Sol Cascajares (born 6 April 1935) is a Spanish retired football midfielder and manager.

He played in 112 La Liga games for Betis and Real Madrid combined (28 goals scored), winning five major titles with the latter. He later had brief spells as manager with the former club.

Del Sol represented Spain in two World Cups in the 1960s.

Club career

Del Sol was born in Arcos de Jalón, Soria, relocating with his family to Andalusia at age two months. In his country, he played for Real Betis and Real Madrid; with the former he was part of the squads that promoted to Segunda División (1954) and La Liga (1958), appearing in 40 games with the club in the latter category over the course of one 1/2 seasons and scoring six goals.

Signing with the Merengues in January 1960 for 6.5 million pesetas, del Sol netted a career-best 17 goals in his first full season, while not missing one single minute of action in his 29 appearances as his team won the national championship, after starting the season with the Intercontinental Cup triumph against C.A. Peñarol.

In the 1962 summer, aged 27, del Sol moved abroad and signed for Juventus FC. He remained one full decade in Italy, also playing two years with A.S. Roma, which he would captain as compatriot Joaquín Peiró before him.

Del Sol returned to Betis for the 1972–73 season. After the Verdiblancos' top flight relegation the 38-year-old decided to retire from football, going on to later coach Betis on several spells, starting with its youth sides and being in charge for 13 games as the club returned to division one in 2001.

International career

Del Sol won 16 caps for the Spanish national team, scoring three goals. His debut came on 15 May 1960 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, playing the second half of a 3–0 friendly win with England.

Del Sol represented the country at the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups (playing four matches in total), and was also part of the championship-winning squad at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, although he did not appear in the final stages.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 October 1960 Wembley, London, England  England 1–1 4–2 Friendly
2. 11 June 1961 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Argentina 1–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 12 November 1961 Marcel Cerdan, Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco 0–1 0–1 1962 World Cup qualification


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Spain Joaquín Peiró
AS Roma Captain
Succeeded by
Italy Franco Cordova