Julio Santamaria Mirones


August 15, 2022

Julio Santamaría Mirones[1] (Santander, Cantabria, January 6, 1938-Santander, August 3, 2022)[2] was a Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder.[3] He developed his career at Real Racing Club de Santander, where he was also technical secretary of the club in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s.


Julio was born in Santander. His older brother Paco was also a soccer player.[4] He began his football career when he was thirteen years old, participating in the Beach Championship of the Cantabrian capital, and the following year he was signed by Racing de Santander. On January 22, 1956 he debuted with the Santander club in the Second Division, playing in the fields of Sport del Sardinero against Sestao. He scored one of the two goals that gave the victory to the locals (2-0) that formed with Lobera, Campón, Barrenechea, Santín, Pardo, Maristany, Arsuaga, Julio Santamaría, Tarro, San Emeterio and Urdiales. Some time later he played with his brother in several official matches as racing fans.[4] He continued his career with Rayo Cantabria (1959), Real Jaén Club de Fútbol and Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, with which he was promoted to the First Division (1963).[5] Later he was part of the Algeciras Football Club (1964) and the Popular Union of Langreo (1965-1969) before concluding his career at Racing (1971), with which he had previously promoted to the Second Division in the 1969/ 70. In the Cantabrian team he scored 37 goals in 86 games. In the 1970s, he joined the club as a scout and later as technical secretary, from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. [6] Julio was married to Inmaculada Fleitas Sánchez. The couple had four children: Ruth, Inmaculada, Mar and Julio.[2]