Alberto Górriz

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Alberto Górriz
Personal information
Full name Alberto Górriz Echarte
Date of birth (1958-02-16) February 16, 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Irun, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
San Marcial
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 San Sebastián
1979–1993 Real Sociedad 461 (14)
National team
1988–1990 Spain 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alberto Górriz Echarte (born 16 February 1958) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender.

His main asset was his tremendous heading ability, and he often scored from set pieces. He spent his entire career with Real Sociedad, appearing in nearly 600 official games and winning four major titles.

Górriz represented Spain at the 1990 World Cup.

Football career[edit]

A Real Sociedad youth graduate, Górriz was born in Irun, Gipuzkoa, and played solely for the Basque outfit, making his first-team debuts during 1978–79 (on 8 April 1979, in a 4–0 away win against Rayo Vallecano). From his third season – where Real won the La Liga title – onwards, he was a defensive stalwart until 1991–92, with 31 matches as his minimum output, often being partnered by Agustín Gajate who also only played for one professional club, also during 15 years.

Górriz retired in June 1993 having appeared in 461 top flight matches (599 overall, club best) – his last season was also the old Atotxa Stadium's last. With the Spanish national team he received 12 caps, and made his debut on 16 November 1988 at already 30, in a decisive 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, in Seville (2–0 win).

Being subsequently picked for the final stages in Italy, Górriz scored his only national side goal, in the 2–1 group stage win over Belgium, heading home a free kick from Real Madrid's Míchel.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Belgium – Spain 1–2 (1–2); Planet World Cup, 21 June 1990

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