Spanish Cumpleanos: Santiago Bernabeu

Every weekday celebrates the birthday of past and present La Liga-related figures. Today includes all those born on June 8.
1895: Santiago Bernabeu (1978): Credited with transforming Real Madrid into a European powerhouse, Santiago Bernabeu began his lifelong association with los Merengues as a player, initially as a youth before making his first team debut at the age of 17. In 15 years as a player he scored over 200 goals for the club and was also captain for a spell. Following the Spanish Civil War, he became president in 1943 and stayed in that role until his death in 1978. During his presidency los Blancos won 6 European Cups, 16 Primera Liga titles and six Copa del Rey crowns. The club's current stadium, constructed in 1947, was re-named in honour of Bernabeu in 1955.

1955: Jose Antonio Camacho: Signed by Real Madrid at 18-years-old, Camacho immediately established himself as a first team player for los Merengues. With Madrid the reliable left back won 19 titles including nine Primera Liga crowns in 15 highly successful years. He was also capped 81 times by Spain before retiring in 1989. Camacho then turned is hand to coaching enjoying spells at Espanyol, Sevilla, the Spain national side and a spell at Real Madrid sandwiched between two stints at Benfica. He is currently the coach of Osasuna.

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