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Andoni Zubizarreta
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Personal information
Full name Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta
Date of birth 23 October 1961 (1961-10-23) (age 48)
Place of birth    Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1977–1979 Aretxabaleta
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1979–1980
1980–1981
1981–1986
1986–1994
1994–1998
1979–1998
Alavés
Bilbao Athletic
Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona
Valencia
Total
000 0(0)
007 0(0)
169 0(0)
301 0(0)
152 0(0)
629 0(0)   
National team
1979–1980
1981
1979–1984
1984
1985–1998
Spain U18
Spain U19
Spain U21
Spain amateur
Spain
012 0(0)
001 0(0)
017 0(0)
001 0(0)
126 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta (born 23 October 1961) is a former Spanish footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

The all-time most capped player for the Spanish national team, he is best known for his lengthy spells at Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona, having played more than 700 official professional matches during his club career.

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Club career

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Zubizarreta spent his childhood in Aretxabaleta in Guipúzcoa, where he began his football trade. After a brief passage at another Basque side, Deportivo Alavés, he joined Athletic Bilbao, where he would spend the following six seasons.

Zubizarreta's debut in the first division occurred on 19 September 1981, in a 0–2 loss at Atlético Madrid, courtesy of manager Javier Clemente, one month shy of his 20th birthday; he would be an undisputed starter for the remainder of his tenure, being an instrumental element in the club's conquests, most notably the back-to-back leagues.

In 1986, Zubizarreta signed with FC Barcelona for a then record for a player in the position, 1.7 million,[1] quickly removing established Urruti from the starting post and rarely missing a match onwards - for example, only four in the Catalan's four consecutive league wins combined. He added the club's first ever European Cup in 1992, a 1–0 triumph against U.C. Sampdoria.

After the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, where Barça lost heavily to A.C. Milan in the final (0–4), Zubi was deemed surplus to requirements and finished his career at Valencia CF, again at a high level. He retired after 1997–98 at nearly 37, having played in more than 700 official games (622 in the league alone - all-time best - conceding 626 goals).

International career

Zubizarreta made his debut for Spain on 23 January 1985, in a 3–1 friendly victory over Finland, going on to collect a further 125 caps in the following 13 years.

He represented the nation in four consecutive FIFA World Cups: 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 - his last competition, where he scored an own goal in a 2–3 group stage loss against Nigeria[2] - also appearing, always as a starter, at UEFA Euro 1988 and 1996. Zubizarreta and his deputy Paco Buyo once held the national team record for the longest unbeaten run in international games, until Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina broke that record in October 2008.

Post-retirement

After three years as sporting director of first professional club Athletic Bilbao, Zubizarreta went on to work as a radio and television commentator.

Honours

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Club

Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona
Valencia

Individual

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Other [3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 1981–82 34 0 11 0 - - - - 45 0
1982–83 34 0 8 0 2 0 4 0 48 0
1983–84 34 0 9 0 4 0 2 0 49 0
1984–85 33 0 12 0 2 0 4 0 51 0
1985–86 34 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 46 0
Total 169 0 46 0 14 0 10 0 239 0
Barcelona 1986–87 44 0 2 0 8 0 - - 54 0
1987–88 38 0 9 0 8 0 - - 55 0
1988–89 36 0 2 0 9 0 2 0 49 0
1989–90 35 0 7 0 6 0 - - 48 0
1990–91 38 0 6 0 8 0 2 0 54 0
1991–92 38 0 0 0 11 0 2 0 51 0
1992–93 38 0 6 0 6 0 3 0 53 0
1993–94 34 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 46 0
Total 301 0 32 0 68 0 9 0 410 0
Valencia 1994–95 38 0 10 0 - - - - 48 0
1995–96 39 0 8 0 - - - - 47 0
1996–97 41 0 2 0 6 0 - - 49 0
1997–98 34 0 6 0 - - - - 40 0
Total 152 0 26 0 6 0 0 0 184 0
Career totals 622 0 104 0 88 0 19 0 833 0

References

  1. ^ Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta; UEFA.com, 10 July 2003
  2. ^ Bizarre own goals; BBC Sport, 17 September 2002
  3. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, Copa de la Liga and Intercontinental Cup

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Spain Juan Carlos Ablanedo
Zamora Trophy
1986–87
Succeeded by
Spain Francisco Buyo

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Andoni Zubizarreta
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Personal information
Full name Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta
Date of birth 23 October 1961 (1961-10-23) (age 49)
Place of birth    Álava, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1979-1981
1981-1986
1986-1994
1994-1998
Deportivo Alavés
Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona
Valencia
National team
1985-1998 Spain

Andoni Zubizarreta (born 23 October 1961) is a former Spanish football player. He has played for Spain national team. He is one of a small group of footballers who have played in Four World Cup. He played as a goalkeeper. He bowed out of football in 1998 with Nigeria, after punching a ball into his own net.[1]

Club career statistics

[2]

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1979/80Deportivo AlavésSegunda División0000-00
1980/810000-00
1981/82Athletic BilbaoLa Liga340110-450
1982/833408020440
1983/843409040470
1984/8533012020470
1985/863406060460
1986/87BarcelonaLa Liga4402080540
1987/883809080550
1988/893602090470
1989/903507060480
1990/913806080520
1991/9238000110490
1992/933806060500
1993/9434000120460
1994/95ValenciaLa Liga380100-480
1995/9639080-470
1996/974102060490
1997/9834060-400
CountrySpain 622010408808140
Total 622010408808140

International career statistics

[3]

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
198560
1986120
198770
1988130
198980
1990110
199180
199290
199390
1994130
199590
1996100
199760
199850
Total1260

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