Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga
|Full name||Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga|
|Date of birth||23 May 1956|
|Place of birth||Alonsotegi, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
During his career, the aggressive central defender (dubbed "The butcher from Bilbao") played mainly for Athletic Bilbao, also having been a Spain and Euskadi XI international. Among the followers of his main club, he was also known as El Gigante de Alonsotegui (Alonsotegui's giant).
Born in Alonsotegi, Biscay, Goikoetxea began his playing career as a youth with Arbuyo, before joining Athletic Bilbao in 1974 – before establishing himself in the senior team, he played for the reserve side. In his debut season in La Liga he scored four goals in 27 games, being somewhat absent in the following years with only 26 appearances combined from 1976 to 1979.
During the 1980s, along with Dani, Manuel Sarabia, José María Nuñez, José Ramón Gallego and Andoni Zubizarreta, Goikoetxea was a prominent member of the successful Bilbao side coached by Javier Clemente. In 1984 the Basque renewed its league title, also achieving the double (league and Copa del Rey) in that year.
On 24 September 1983, Goiko achieved notoriety for an infamous action on Diego Maradona in a league match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, ferociously tackling the Argentine from behind and leaving him severely injured, and reportedly later keeping "the boot he had used to destroy...(Maradona's) ankle ligaments" at home in a glass case. Two seasons previous to this incident, Goikoetxea had also severely injured Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster when the latter played with the Catalans, leaving him with a serious right knee injury from which the German never fully recovered to his level of earlier seasons. When the two teams met in the 1984 Cup final in May, the match ended 1–0 for Athletic and with a mass brawl on the pitch; Goikoetxea connected with a high kick to Maradona's chest.
After three years with Atlético Madrid where he featured sparingly, Goikoetxea retired at almost 34 after appearing in 369 official matches for Athletic, netting 44 goals.
Goikoetxea played 39 times for Spain, making his debut against Holland on 16 February 1983. He represented the nation at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup; during the latter competition he scored one of his four international goals in the game against Denmark, in a round-of-16 5–1 triumph – all remaining four were scored by Emilio Butragueño.
Goikoetxea also played two games for the Basque Country national football team, in 1979 and 1988.
|1.||26 May 1984||Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland||Switzerland||0–4||0–4||Friendly|
|2.||14 November 1984||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||2–1||3–1||1986 World Cup qualification|
|3.||18 June 1986||La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico||Denmark||1–3||1–5||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|4.||15 October 1986||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany||West Germany||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
Goicoechea became a coach two years after retiring, starting to work at club level in 1996 and going on to be in charge of UD Salamanca (twice), SD Compostela, CD Numancia (two spells), Racing de Santander and Rayo Vallecano. In 1996–97 he guided Salamanca to a top flight promotion, after finishing second; he was also assistant of the Spanish national team to former club boss Clemente, during the World Cup held in the United States in 1994.
In the 2007 summer Goikoetxea joined Alicante-based Hércules CF in the second division, being released at the season's end after being suspended by the club for implying its internal structures "stank". In late February 2013 he was appointed coach of Equatorial Guinea, being sacked in January 2015 just three weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to poor performance in friendlies, which included a loss to a lower league club in Portugal.
- Athletic Bilbao
- Spain U21
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|1974–75||Athletic Bilbao||La Liga||0||0||2||0||-||-||-||-||2||0|
|1987–88||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||13||0||4||0||-||-||-||-||17||0|
- "Top 50 hardest footballers". Empire. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Football's 50 greatest hard men
- Goikoetxea: "Me crucificaron por lo de Maradona, pero de Figo nadie dice nada" (Goikoetxea: "I was crucified for the Maradona bit, but no one says anything about Figo"); Marca, 13 August 2007 (Spanish)
- Andoni Goikoetxea, el segundo futbolista más duro de la historia según ‘The Sun’ (Andoni Goikoetxea, second hardest footballer in history for ‘The Sun’); 20 Minutos, 10 January 2008 (Spanish)
- Jimmy Burns. (2011). "Maradona: The Hand of God". pp.121-122. A&C Black
- "Diego Maradona gives hot, hot heat to The Butcher of Bilbao". The Guardian. 24 April 2015.
- Andoni Goicoechea Olascoaga – International Appearances; at RSSSF
- "5–1: ¡Buitre, que grande eres!" [5–1: Vulture, you're so great!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 19 June 1986. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- Andoni Goikoetxea entrenará al Hércules en la próxima temporada (Andoni Goikoetxea to manage Hércules next season); Super Deporte, 11 June 2007 (Spanish)
- El Hércules CF abre proceso disciplinario a Andoni Goikoetxea (Hércules CF starts disciplinary proceedings against Andoni Goikoetxea); Diario Información, 11 April 2008 (Spanish)
- Goikoetxea, seleccionador de la Nzalang Nacional (Goikoetxea, Nzalang national team coach); Iratzar Blogspot, 27 February 2013 (Spanish)
- "Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea sack Andoni Goikoetxea". The Guardian. January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- BDFutbol player profile
- BDFutbol coach profile
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- Andoni Goikoetxea at National-Football-Teams.com
- Andoni Goikoetxea – FIFA competition record