Andoni Zubizarreta

Andoni Zubizarreta

Zubizarreta training for Spain in 1994
Personal information
Full name Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta
Date of birth (1961-10-23) 23 October 1961
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1976–1978 Aretxabaleta
1978–1979 Alavés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Alavés B
1980–1981 Alavés 0 (0)
1981 Bilbao Athletic 7 (0)
1981–1986 Athletic Bilbao 169 (0)
1986–1994 Barcelona 301 (0)
1994–1998 Valencia 152 (0)
Total 629 (0)
National team
1979–1980 Spain U18 12 (0)
1981 Spain U19 1 (0)
1979–1984 Spain U21 17 (0)
1984 Spain amateur 1 (0)
1985–1998 Spain 126 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zubizarreta and the second or maternal family name is Urreta.

Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta (Basque pronunciation: [andoni s̻uβis̻areta ureta], Spanish: [anˈdoni θuβiˈθareta uˈreta]; born 23 October 1961) is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

The all-time most capped player for the Spanish national team for several years, he played with individual and team success for Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona (eight years with the latter, he would later work with the club in directorial capacities), appearing in more than 950 official professional matches during his club career.[1][2]

Zubizarreta represented Spain in seven major international tournaments, four World Cups and three European Championships, starting in six of those.

Club career

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Zubizarreta spent his childhood in Aretxabaleta in Gipuzkoa, where he began his football career. After a brief passage at another Basque club, Deportivo Alavés, he joined Athletic Bilbao,[3] where he would spend the following six seasons.

Zubizarreta's debut in La Liga occurred on 19 September 1981 as manager Javier Clemente handed him a start in a 0–2 away loss against Atlético Madrid, one month shy of his 20th birthday. He went on to be an undisputed starter for the remainder of his spell, being an instrumental part in the team's conquests, most notably the back-to-back national championships.[4][5][6]

In 1986, Zubi signed with FC Barcelona for a record for a player in the position 1.7 million,[7] quickly removing established Urruti from the starting lineup and rarely missing a match afterwards – for example, only four in the Catalan's four consecutive league wins combined. He added their first ever European Cup in 1992, a 1–0 win over U.C. Sampdoria.[8]

After the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, where Barça lost 0–4 to A.C. Milan in the final, Zubizarreta was deemed surplus to requirements[9] and finished his career at Valencia CF, still playing at a high level. He retired after the 1997–98 campaign at nearly 37, having played in nearly 1,000 competitive games (622 in the league alone – all-time best – conceding 626 goals[10]).

On 2 July 2010, Zubizarreta was named Barcelona's director of football by incumbent president Sandro Rosell, taking over from former club and national teammate Txiki Begiristain.[11] Over the previous decade, he had served in the same capacity at Athletic Bilbao,[12][13] while also working as a radio and television commentator.

On 5 January 2015, Zubizarreta was sacked as Barcelona director of football by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.[14] On October 27, 2016, he was appointed as director of sport at French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille.[15]

International career

Zubizarreta made his debut for Spain on 23 January 1985, in a 3–1 friendly victory with Finland. He went on to collect a further 125 caps in the following 13 years.[16]

Zubizarreta 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[17]– also appearing, always as a starter, at UEFA Euro 1988 and 1996. He and his deputy Francisco 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;[18] he was also surpassed by the former in total of caps on 15 November 2011.[19]




Club Season League Cup Europe Other[21] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 1981–82 340110----450
1982–83 340802040480
1983–84 340904020490
1984–85 3301202040510
1985–86 340606000460
Total 16904601401002390
Barcelona 1986–87 4402080--540
1987–88 3809080--550
1988–89 360209020490
1989–90 3507060--480
1990–91 380608020540
1991–92 3800011020510
1992–93 380606030530
1993–94 3400012000460
Total 3010320680904100
Valencia 1994–95 380100----480
1995–96 39080----470
1996–97 4102060--490
1997–98 34060----400
Total 152026060001840
Career totals 622010408801908330






Athletic Bilbao



  1. "Leyendas del Athletic Club de Bilbao – 'Zubi'" [Athletic Club de Bilbao legends – 'Zubi'] (in Spanish). El Correo. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. "El 'Dream Team' de Cruyff" [Cruyff's 'Dream Team'] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. "Zubizarreta, del Alavés, al Athletic" [Zubizarreta, from Alavés, to Athletic] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 August 1980. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. "Clemente, o la maestría del 'patadón y tente tieso'" [Clemente, or how to be a master of ‘long ball and grab your balls’] (in Spanish). Medio Centro. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  5. "Clemente, 25 años después" [Clemente, 25 years after] (in Spanish). Canarias Ahora. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. "Supercampeones" [Superchampions] (in Spanish). El Correo. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta;, 10 July 2003
  8. "Zubizarreta, Zamora en su primer año en el FC Barcelona" [Zubizarreta, Zamora in his first year in FC Barcelona] (in Spanish). Sport. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  9. "Barcelona v Milan revisited: The night in 1994 the Dream died". The Guardian. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  10. "Raúl, todos los récords del hombre récord" [Raúl, every record from the recordman] (in Spanish). RTVE. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  11. "Zubizarreta, new technical director". FC Barcelona. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  12. "Zubizarreta defiende la actual filosofía del Bilbao" [Zubizarreta defends Bilbao's current philosophy] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 23 May 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  13. "El Athletic despide a Zubizarreta" [Athletic fires Zubizarreta] (in Spanish). El País. 11 November 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  14. "Barcelona sack Andoni Zubizarreta as director of football". BBC Sport. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  15. "Andoni Zubizarreta nommé directeur sportif de l'OM". 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  16. 1 2 Andoni Zubizarreta – Century of International Appearances Archived 6 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; at RSSSF
  17. Bizarre own goals; BBC Sport, 17 September 2002
  18. "Casillas y Reina sufrieron para batir el récord de Zubizarreta y Buyo" [Casillas and Reina suffered to brake Zubizarreta and Buyo's record] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  19. "Iker Casillas supera a Zubizarreta" [Iker Casillas surpasses Zubizarreta] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  20. "Andoni Zubizarreta". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  21. Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, Copa de la Liga and Intercontinental Cup

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