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Condolences for the death of Loli

Málaga Club de Fútbol expresses deepest condolences to the family and friends of Manuel Gómez Domínguez ‘Loli’, a Malaguista player between 1949 and 1954, who passed away yesterday. Rest in Peace.

Born in Algeciras (Cádiz) on 15th June 1928, he began playing football with various modest teams of his home town, such as Betis de Algeciras and Español de Algeciras, occupying the position of midfielder.  In 1946, at 18 years of age, he made the leap to Algeciras CF, then in the Third Division, where he remained until 1949 when he signed to CD Málaga.

His signing coincided with the debut of Club Deportivo Málaga in the top flight of Spanish football, and his debut as a Malaguista player in an official match took place on 20th November 1949, in the 5-2 victory against Real Sociedad.  He was in the starting line-up in the historic 6-0 win over Real Madrid in the 1952/53 season, where he shared midfield with Uruguayan-born Rodríguez.  His were the passes that led to the first two goals of that unforgettable match.

In 1954, and following 102 official matches with CD Málaga, he left the Blue and Whites’ discipline to join Atlético de Tetuán, where he stayed until 1956 when the team stopped participating in the Spanish League due to the independence of Morocco.  From there he moved to Real Betis, and remained there for a couple of years, followed by Club Atlético Almería for another two seasons, always in the Second Division.

Loli, who retired at Balompédica Linense in the 1960/61 season, was the last living player of CD Málaga’s first team who competed in the First Division in 1949/50.