Sabino Barinaga Alberdi (15 August 1922 – 19 March 1988) was a Spanish football forward and manager.
Over the course of 13 seasons he appeared in 205
La Liga games and scored 90 goals, almost exclusively for Real Madrid. He later embarked on a managerial career, which lasted nearly 25 years.
Durango, Biscay, Barinaga moved to England in his teens at the start of the Spanish Civil War, accompanied by two of his three siblings. Whilst playing for his local high school he was discovered by Southampton, and went on to play one season with its reserve team, scoring 62 goals. 1
Returning to his country at the end of the conflict and as
another begun, Barinaga rejected an offer from Basque giants Athletic Bilbao, moving to Real Madrid instead. An inside forward on the right flank, he made his La Liga debut on 28 April 1940 in a 1–3 away loss against precisely Athletic, his only appearance of 2 the season.
From 1943 to 1945, after nearly two full seasons on loan in
Segunda División with Real Valladolid, Barinaga scored 38 league goals in 48 games, but the Merengues came out empty on silverware. He netted the first ever goal at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in a 3–1 win over Portugal's C.F. Os Belenenses on 14 December 1947, 1 and won three major trophies during his nine-year spell at the club, notably two 2 Copa del Generalísimo, with the player scoring in the 1946 edition final against Valencia CF (3–1); on 13 June 1943, he contributed with four in only 13 minutes as Real trounced 3 FC Barcelona 11–1 at home in the domestic cup semifinals, following a 0–3 loss at . Camp de Les Corts 2
Barinaga left Real Madrid in 1950 as a
free agent – having appeared in his final season mostly as a central defender - then played a further three top level seasons with 2 Real Sociedad in his native region. In October 1953, at his own request, he was released and joined Real Betis where he retired as a player.
Barinaga started coaching precisely with his last club. For the
1957–58 campaign, he moved to the top division with CA Osasuna, remaining in the category for most of the following decade. In 1962, he also led CD Málaga to promotion from division two, only to be relegated back, a fate which also befell him with in Betis in 1968 and RCD Mallorca in 1970. 1
Abroad, Barinaga worked for a few months with
Club América in Mexico he then managed the Nigerian national football team and Morocco national team. His last job was with 4 Real Oviedo – which he had already coached in the top flight a few years before – not being able to prevent relegation from the second division in 1978.
Barinaga died on 19 March 1988 in
Madrid at the age of 65, from a heart disease. He was interred at the cemetery of Almudena in the city. 1