Obituary: Ramón Cobo Antoranz
24 August 2009 – Ramón Cobo was going to be awarded an Honorary Membership of the European coach associations’ body AEFCA at the 30th AEFCA Symposium scheduled to be held in Minsk (Belarus) in late October. Sadly and unexpectedly, he died in his native Madrid on 13 August 2009.
Born on 5 July 1928, Ramón Cobo Antoranz had been President of the Spanish AEFCA member organisation Comité Nacional de Entrenadores de la RFEF since 1993 and was co-opted as a Vice-President of the UEFT (now known as the AEFCA) in 1995, to become a “full” Vice-President only three years later. Finally in 2004, he received the unanimous vote of the AEFCA delegates who elected him the Alliance’s 2nd Vice-President.
Throughout his coaching career, Ramón Cobo was a committed, competent and universally respected advocate for the interests of European coaches. He hosted the XIX UEFT Symposium 1998 in Seville, as well as the Executive Committee meeting in Madrid in April 2003 – two outstanding events that have remained in peoples’ minds to this day.
A tall and versatile defender, his spent eight successful years as a Primera División player at Atlético de Madrid. He then accepted offers from Elche CF and Sporting Gijón before finally hanging up his boots after three seasons with Rayo Vallecano.
As a coach, he enjoyed considerable success at Rayo Vallecano, RC Recreativo de Huelva, Real Racing de Santander, CD Tenerife, Real Oviedo, and Real Murcia CF. At the closing stages of his coaching career he returned to the roots, as it were, taking care of the reserves team of his beloved Atlético.
Ramón is survived by his wife Manuela Arroyo, son Ramón Cobo Arroyo, and daughter Belén. We join them and all other members of the family in their grief and will always remember him fondly and respectfully as a dedicated colleague and great friend.