Isacio Calleja, '64 EURO hero, turns 81

Ciudad del Fútbol 06 Dic 2017
The footballer, born in Valle de Cerrato in Palencia, was capped 13 times from 1961 and 1972

"The greatest sacrifice ever asked of me in my footballer career was to leave it," that is the statement which perfectly sums up the personality  of Isacio Calleja García, a legend in the Spanish side and for Atlético de Madrid. 

Isacio Callejo García combined football with Law studies, working for the courts after retiring from the sport

Isacio Calleja García (06/12/1936) born in Valle del Cerrato, Palencia celebrates his 81st birthday today. He does so as one of the names which made history in the Spanish side in the first European Cup conquered by the Spanish side on June 21st June 1964 at the Santiago Bernabéu. 

Calleja played 13 matches  with the Spanish National Team, being called up by three national team managers and led by Pedro Escartín in 1961, he concluded his time with Spain in a triumphant win against the USSR, which served as the first EURO for Spain. He would later return to the squad in a match against Uruguay in 1972, his last match with the Spanish side. 
 
Calleja was a reference for Atlético Madrid in the seventies, club with whom he won two leagues and the Recopa de Europa in 1962. From SeFutbol we would like to wish Isacio Calleja a very Happy 81st Birthday!