Andoni Zubizarreta

Andoni Zubizarreta

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Andoni Zubizarreta

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Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta (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, he played with individual and team success for Athletic Bilbao and FC 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.

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 trade. After a brief passage at another Basque side, Deportivo Alavés, he joined Athletic Bilbao, where he would spend the following six seasons.

Zubizarreta debut in La Liga 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, quickly removing established Urruti from the starting post and rarely missing a match onwards – for example, only four in the Catalan's four consecutive...
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