Lolo Sainz
Personal information
Born (1940-08-28) August 28, 1940 (age 81)
Tetuan, Spain (now Morocco)
Listed height6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 m)
Career information
Playing career1961–1968
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Coaching career1969–2001
Career history
As player:
1961–1968Real Madrid
As coach:
1969–1972Real Madrid (juniors)
1971–1972Real Madrid (assistant)
1972–1973Club Vallehermoso Madrid
1973–1975Real Madrid (assistant)
1975–1989Real Madrid
1989–1990Real Madrid (GM)
1990–1993Joventut Badalona
2001–2002Spain (GM)
2002–2005Real Madrid (GM)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Men's basketball Head coach
Representing  Spain
Silver medal – second place 1999 France

Manuel "Lolo" Sainz Márquez (born August 28, 1940) is a Spanish retired professional basketball player and coach. Sainz spent most of his career with Real Madrid, either as a player, or a head coach. He did however, also coach the senior Spain national team, between 1993 and 2001. On 3 February 2008, he was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors, over the previous half-century, by the EuroLeague Basketball Experts Committee.[1]

Playing career


As a player with Real Madrid, Sainz won 4 FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague) titles (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968).

Spanish senior national team

As a player, Sainz was a member of the senior Spain national basketball team. With Spain, he played at the EuroBasket 1961, the 1963 EuroBasket, and the 1965 EuroBasket.

Coaching career


As a head coach with Real Madrid, Sainz won 2 FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague) titles (1978, 1980). He was the AEEB Spanish Coach of the Year in 1977, 1985, and 1991.

National team career

Sainz was also the head coach of the senior Spanish national team, between 1993 and 2001. He led Spain to a silver medal at the 1999 EuroBasket.

See also


  1. ^ "EuroLeague official website, Experts decide European Club Basketball's 50 greatest contributors".