Zoco in 1971
|Full name||Ignacio Zoco Esparza|
|Date of birth||(1939-07-31)31 July 1939|
|Place of birth||Garde, Spain|
|Date of death||28 September 2015(2015-09-28) (aged 76)|
|Place of death||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1959||→ Iruña (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played 12 years of his professional career with Real Madrid, appearing in more than 400 official matches and winning ten major titles.
Born in Garde, Navarre, Zoco joined CA Osasuna from another side in the region, amateurs CD Oberena. After spending the first months on loan to CD Iruña, he made his La Liga debut on 10 January 1960 in a 1–2 away loss against Real Oviedo, and eventually started in all of his appearances as the season ended in relegation.
In the summer of 1962, Zoco signed for powerhouse Real Madrid, playing only 13 matches in his first year, which ended with league conquest, but becoming a starter from there onwards. In 1965–66, apart from appearing in every minute in the domestic competition, he added nine complete games in the campaign's European Cup, including the final against FK Partizan (2–1 win).
Apart from those two accolades, Zoco won a further six national championships and two Copa del Rey trophies with Real Madrid, playing in a total of 64 matches in European competition with the Merengues (six goals scored). He retired in June 1974 at the age of 35 and, 20 years later, was appointed the club's match delegate in replacement of Miguel Ángel González, retaining the position until 1998.
Zoco earned 25 caps for Spain, making his debut on 19 April 1961 in a 2–1 away win against Wales for the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was selected for the squads at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, helping the national team win the tournament, and the 1966 World Cup.
|1.||1 December 1963||Mestalla, Valencia, Spain||Belgium||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
Personal life and death
Zoco married singer/songwriter María Ostiz (born 1944) in 1974, with the couple fathering three children and going on to remain married 41 years. He succeeded Alfredo Di Stéfano at the helm of Real Madrid's Veterans Association, after the latter's death.
- La Liga: 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72
- Copa del Generalísimo: 1969–70, 1973–74; Runner-up 1967–68
- European Cup: 1965–66
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up 1970–71
- Intercontinental Cup: Runner-up 1966
- Ignacio Zoco Esparza – Matches in European Cups; at RSSSF
- Zoco nuevo delegado del equipo (Zoco new club delegate); El País, 13 January 1994 (in Spanish)
- España, 1 – Belgica, 2 (Spain, 1 – Belgium, 2); Mundo Deportivo, 2 December 1963 (in Spanish)
- Muere Ignacio Zoco, legendario jugador del Real Madrid (Ignacio Zoco, legendary Real Madrid player, dies); El Mundo, 28 September 2015 (in Spanish)
- Muere Ignacio Zoco, una leyenda del Real Madrid 'ye-yé' (Ignacio Zoco, legend of 'ye-yé' Real Madrid, dies); Diario AS, 28 September 2015 (in Spanish)