16 January 2012

[Ex-player] Juan Carlos Pérez, Barça's captain in 1973/74, dies

Juan Carlos Pérez, Barça player from 1968 through 1975, died at the age of 66. His funeral will take place this Tuesday at the Iglesia del Barrio Pesquero in Santander.

Juan Carlos was born in Santander on February 14th, 1945. In his footballing years he was known by all, when he arrived to FC Barcelona from Racing in 1968 he was one of the best midfielders in Spain. His work in the middle was extremely valuable to the team, he was one of the few players that successfully united his technique with his sacrificial attitude
on the pitch.

In 1970 he was a key piece on the field for Barça and he was the captain of the championship winning side in 1973/74. In Barça’s title-winning season, Juan Carlos, didn’t miss a game. In fact, he was Barça’s captain in the historic 0-5 thrashing of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, he also scored in that game. In 1975 he returned to Racing de Santander after playing 280 games and scoring 23 goals in the Barça shirt.

With FC Barcelona he won the Liga title (1973/74) and a Copa de España (1970/71). (via FCBarcelona.cat)