Emilio Sagi Linan
Emilio Sagi Linan , was a former footballer who played as a left-winger for FC Barcelona, the Catalan XI and Spain during the 1920s and 1930s. He was the son of, Emilio Sagi Barba, the Catalan baritone singer, and as a result, was widely referred to as Sagibarba. During his playing career he played 455 games and scored 134 goals for FC Barcelona and is best remembered for forming a successful partnership with Paulino Alcantara. Together with Josep Samitier, Ricardo Zamora, Felix Sesumaga and, later, Franz Platko they were prominent members of the successful FC Barcelona team coached by Jack Greenwell. His younger brother, Luis Sagi Vela, followed in his fathers footsteps and also became a successful baritone singer. His son, Victor Sagi, later ran one of the biggest advertising agencies in Spain and in 1978 announced his candidacy for the presidency of FC Barcelona. He withdrew before the election was held.
In 1917, as a 17 year old, Emilio made his senior debut with FC Barcelona and during the 191819 season he helped the team win the Championat de Catalunya. In 1919 he left FC Barcelona to study in Terrassa and after getting married he briefly retired from the game. However in 1922 he rejoined FC Barcelona and embarked on a successful career which saw him win ten Championats de Catalunya, four Copa del Rey and the inaugural La Liga.
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