Ricardo Diéz

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Ricardo Díez
File:Ricardo Diez - 1940 - 1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Díez Santa Cruz
Date of birth (1900-02-11)February 11, 1900
Place of birth Rivera, Uruguay
Date of death April 27, 1971(1971-04-27) (aged 71)
Place of death Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Teams managed
Years Team
1936–1938 Grêmio Santanense
1939 América Mineiro
1940 America
1941 Sport
1941–1942 Internacional
1944 Santos
1946 América Mineiro
1947 Siderúrgica
1949 América Mineiro
1950–1951 Atlético Mineiro
1953 Cruzeiro
1954 Bahia
1954–1956 Atlético Mineiro
1957 Náutico
1958–1959 Atlético Mineiro
1959 Santa Cruz
1960 Atlético Mineiro
1962–1963 Valério
1964 Unión Magdalena
1965 Democrata FC

Ricardo Diéz, born as Emetério Seledônio Díez[1] (11 February 1900 – 27 April 1971), was a Uruguayan association football coach who mainly worked in Brazil.


In 1937 Diéz won with provincial Grêmio Foot-Ball Santanense from Santana do Livramento the Campeonato Gaúcho, the only major title in the club's history. In 1942 he also led Internacional, where he was the first foreign coach, to the state title. He is credited at the club for the discovery of the later national team player Nena. In 1941 he was Campeonato Pernambucano runner-up with Sport Recife, where he has been often attributed with the discovery of World Cup 1950 star striker Ademir de Menezes.[2]

Diez, who smoked filterless cigarettes of the Continental brand,[3] is best known for his times with Atlético Mineiro, which he coached on various stints between 1950 and 1960, winning the Campeonato Mineiro in 1949 and 1954. In 1950 he guided Atlético on its successful trip to Central Europe during the northern winter, which became part of the club's folklore and led to its nickname Campeões do Gelo, the "Ice Champions". In total he guided the club in 168 matches, a statistic only outdone by three other coaches, amongst them Telê Santana.

Back to Pernambuco, he became third in the State Championship of 1957 with Náutico, and in 1960 he led Santa Cruz FC to the second place behind Náutico.

Beyond this Diéz also coached other clubs from Minas Gerais: América Mineiro, in 1946, Cruzeiro in 1953, Democrata FC (Sete Lagoas, in 1965, EC Siderúrgica, in 1947, Valeriodoce in 1962 and 1963, and Paraense EC, as well as Santos in São Paulo and Bahia in the state of the same name.


Grêmio Santanense


Atlético Mineiro

External links


  1. "Emetério Seledônio Diéz". Galo Digital (in português). April 8, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. EBA!!! Futebol: "Ademir Menezes, o Queixada!"
  3. Santa Cruz – Jogos Inesquecíveis: "Jogo 1960"