Ex-Malaga coach Joaquín Peiró dies, aged 84

Peiró on the SUR terrace, overlooking La Rosaleda stadium.
Peiró on the SUR terrace, overlooking La Rosaleda stadium. / S. Salas
  • The coach, who had a successful playing career with Atlético Madrid and in Italy, took the side from Segunda to Europe

Joaquín Peiró, one of the most outstanding Spanish footballers of his generation and a charismatic coach who made a name for himself at Malaga, died on Wednesday at the age of 84.

Peiró coached the Malaga first team for five seasons from 1998 to 2003, taking over during one of the lowest points in the club's history.

Following promotion back to Segunda at the end of the 1997-98 campaign, Peiró led the side to the top flight by winning the division in his first season in charge.

Under his leadership, the side subsequently won the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup (beating Villarreal 2-1 on aggregate) and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup the following year (knocked out by Portuguese side Boavista on penalties).

They went on to seal a club record seven consecutive seasons in the top flight.

Playing career

Born in Madrid on 29 January 1936, Peiró progressed through the Atlético Madrid youth system before making his debut for the first team in 1954.

He won the 1961-62 European Cup Winners' Cup, scoring in both the final proper and the replay.

After a long stint with the Colchoneros (95 goals in 166 games over eight seasons), the attacking midfielder continued his professional career for a decade more on Italian soil, playing for Torino, Inter Milan and Roma.

He was one of the standout players of the period and represented Spain at two World Cups.

As a coach, Peiró managed the Atlético reserve team, Granada, Figueras, Atlético's first team, Murcia, Badajoz, Malaga and, finally, he ended his managerial career with Real Murcia.