Luis Molowny

Luis Molowny Arbelo ( born May 12, 1925 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, † February 12, 2010 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) was a Spanish football player and coach.

  • 3.1 Players
  • 3.2 Coaches

Playing career

Luis Molowny began his football career in his hometown club CD Tenerife, in which his father Raúl had been active in the 1920s already. With only 17 years he moved to the neighboring island of Gran Canaria to Marino FC. The tech-savvy way of playing the Canary outer striker made ​​great Spanish football clubs such as Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona attention to him, but it was the Santiago Bernabéu presided by the Real Madrid Luis Molowny finally able to undertake in 1946. Here he experienced his greatest period as a football player, and twice won the League and the Copa del Rey and the Coupe Latine. He also conquered Real Madrid their first European Champion Clubs' Cup. In 1957 he returned to the Canary Islands, where he end his career at UD Las Palmas.


Luis Molowny played seven games for the Spanish national team, scoring two goals. He was part of the banns for the football World Cup in 1950, when Spain finally reached the fourth overall place.

Coaching career

After the then coach of UD Las Palmas José Urbieta was dismissed, changed Luis Molowny 1957 from the field to the bench. During this time, the club celebrated the greatest success of the club's history. In the 1967/68 season the club third in the league was, in fact even runner-up. In 1969 Molowny supervised briefly the Spanish national team.

1970 Luis moved Molowny in the coaching staff of Real Madrid, where he eventually 1974 Miguel Muñoz, for over a decade at the " Royal " during the season replaced. In the first year, he won the Spanish Cup, Copa del Rey. After this success, the humble Kanare returned to youth work, before 1977, as a replacement for Miljan Miljanić, again took over the position of the head coach. In his two years, he was also able to conquer many championship titles. After another retreat in the youth work, he was in 1982, this time brought back as a replacement for Vujadin Boškov as interim coach and promptly won back the Copa del Rey.

Between 1984 and 1986, Luis Molowny who never wanted the post of head coach, but has been used repeatedly in emergency situations, and developed a reputation as a good-luck charm, his most successful period. This time he took over from the Madrid veteran Amancio and won in two seasons as often the UEFA Cup. Recalling in particular remained the great comebacks against teams like Borussia Mönchengladbach, Inter Milan and RSC Anderlecht.

Under Molownys leadership came the legendary Quinta del Buitre, an outstanding talent transition year from their own youth, consisting of players like Emilio Butragueño, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel, Manolo Sanchis or Miguel Pardeza, in the first squad.

Between 1986 and 1990, Luis Molowny worked in the Management of Real Madrid, before he finally retired from football.



  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1956
  • Coupe Latine: 1955
  • Spanish Champion: 1954, 1955
  • Copa del Rey: 1947


  • UEFA Cup: 1985, 1986
  • Spanish Champion: 1978, 1979, 1986
  • Copa del Rey: 1974, 1982
  • Copa de la Liga: 1985