The memory of Suarez from a historical Rai journalist: Franco Zuccalà

That Inter, led by Spaniard Luis Suarez Miramontes, “the architect” won it all, is something white-haired won’t soon forget, regardless of support. He was a Barcelona star when the ‘magician’ Helenio Herrera, hired by the Nerazzurri club to improve their fortunes, ‘forced’ Angelo Moratti to buy him in 1961. It cost 300 million, a huge sum for the time. Herrera had had him at the Azulgrana club and knew his value: he was an ‘ace’ who could make the difference, a champion who ‘moved’ a lot in a team’s game. Suarez had just won the Ballon d’Or, the only true Spaniard (Alfredo Di Stefano, who also won it, was born in Barracas in Argentina) and two Fairs Cups. The “magician” was right: “Luisito” made Inter great with his vision of the game, with his shots, with his authority on the field: he directed the game and his team-mates followed him. He immediately slipped into the role of leader of the Nerazzurri, despite being surrounded by many aces (Mazzola, Facchetti, Corso, to name a few). Born in La Coruña on May 2, 1935 (aged 88 at the time), he had won the European Championship with Spain in 1964 and participated in two World Cups in 1962 and 1966 (32 appearances, 14 goals). He was a midfielder who had given up his position over the years to become a playmaker. Suarez guided Inter to a victorious European Cup final against Real Madrid in Vienna. He won a lot and then became a coach. As a technician, he wasn’t very lucky. His stories about the mythological football accompanied us for years and then he was also appreciated as a TV commentator. His style made him a great gentleman who decided to stay in Milan and became a legend, like his companions in the Nerazzurri’s “nursery rhyme”: Sarti, Burgnich, Facchetti; Tagnin, Guarneri, Picchi; Jair, Mazzola, Milani, Suarez. Corso. , one of the most successful teams in our football. Unfortunately, many of his generation are no longer there. When he arrived in Italy he had already won two titles in Spain, an Iberian Cup and two Fairs Cups. With Inter he won three championships, two European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. It is said that he was very superstitious and deliberately poured wine at the table. He ended his football career in Sampdoria. He then became coach of Genoa and later Inter (ninth place). In Spain he led the U21 team to European success. In 1970 he took over the leadership of the “Red Furies” at the World Cup. He had a somewhat smoky character. A dispute with Desideri, which ridiculed him, upset his management at the Nerazzurri (he was on the Inter bench three times in different situations). We young reporters hung on his every word as Luisito spoke competently about football and reminisced about his legendary exploits. But from his “lessons” we understood that even as a coach, a great former champion wasn’t sure of becoming a winner. The variants of football are too varied and the results often depend on luck and circumstances. Wise reflections of a great one.

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