Antonio Ruiz (footballer)
|Full name||Antonio Ruiz Cervilla|
|Date of birth||31 July 1937|
|Place of birth||Guadalupe, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1962–1963||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||23||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Guadalupe de Maciascoque, Region of Murcia, Ruiz played five years for Real Madrid, making his La Liga debut on 21 April 1957 in a 4–1 home win against Celta de Vigo. He appeared in only 15 games in his first three seasons combined, adding five complete matches in the club's 1958–59 campaign in the European Cup, including the 2–0 final win against Stade de Reims.
In 1962, Ruiz signed for Deportivo de La Coruña on loan, being an undisputed starter during his only season but suffering relegation. Released by the Merengues, he spent five of the following seven seasons in Segunda División, one of the two exceptions being 1964–65 with Real Murcia – top level relegation. He retired in 1970 at the age of 33, with Spanish first division totals of 103 games and five goals.
Immediately after retiring, Ruiz started coaching, his first stop being Murcia's B-team. In the following three decades he managed another eight clubs, interspersed with several periods of inactivity.
From 1979 to 1981, Ruiz was in charge of UD Las Palmas in the top flight, being sacked early into his second season, which ended in a narrow escape from relegation. In 1984–85 and 1994–95, in the same division, he amassed 30 games for Elche CF and CD Logroñés combined as both teams eventually dropped down a level; the La Rioja side had no fewer than five coaches throughout the campaign, finishing with an all-time low 13 points.
- La Liga: 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62
- Copa del Generalísimo: 1961–62; Runner-up 1958, 1959–60, 1960–61
- European Cup: 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60; Runner-up 1961–62
- Intercontinental Cup: 1960
- Latin Cup: 1956
- "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 April 2015.