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Manuel Sanchís Sr: Real Madrid great dies aged 79

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The legendary defender, who was part of Real Madrid's European Cup-winning team in 1966, passed away in the Spanish capital on Saturday.

Born in Alberique, near Valencia, he spent four years at Condal, Barcelona's 'B' team at the time, before playing for Valladolid for three seasons. He then signed for Real Madrid.

He joined Real Madrid in 1964, at the age of 26.

Sanchís with his family.

Sanchís poses with his son, Manolo Sanchís Jr, who would also go on to win the European Cup as a Real Madrid player.


Sanchís in action for Real against Atlético Madrid.

Seen here posing with Real Madrid's 1966/67 league title, he won four Spanish championships with Los Blancos. From left to right: Betancort, Calpe, De Felipe, Sanchis, Miguel Muñoz, Pirri, Zoco, Araquistain (back row). Amancio, Felix, Grosso, Velázquez and Gento (front row).

He was part of the Real Madrid side dubbed the 'ye-ye' team, a nickname inspired by the chorus of the Beatles song 'She Loves You', after posing for this photopraph in wigs imitating the group's iconic hairstyle.

Sanchís (back row, fourth from left) and the rest of the Real Madrid team pose with the 1966 European Cup.

Sanchis (second from right) with Calpe, Zunzunegui and De Felipe.


He won 11 caps for Spain.

He appeared for Spain at the 1966 World Cup, scoring in a 2-1 group-stage win over Switzerland.

After leaving Real Madrid, Sanchís (right) spent two seasons with Córdoba.

Manuel Sanchís retired from playing at the age of 34.