Zubizarreta in 1996
|Full name||Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta|
|Date of birth||23 October 1961|
|Place of birth||Vitoria, Spain|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
The all-time most capped player for the Spanish national team for several years. He is the leader in appearances in La Liga with 622, for teams Athletic Bilbao, Valencia CF 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.
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 club, Deportivo Alavés, he joined Athletic Bilbao, 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 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 national championships.
In 1986 Zubizarreta signed with FC Barcelona, for a 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 league wins combined. He added the club's first ever European Cup in 1992, a 1–0 win over U.C. Sampdoria.
After the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, where Barça lost 0–4 to A.C. Milan in the final, Zubi was deemed surplus to requirements and finished his career at Valencia CF, again at a high level. He retired after the 1997–98 campaign at nearly 37, having played in more than 950 official games (622 in the league alone – all-time best – conceding 626 goals).
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. In the previous decade he had served in the same capacity at Athletic Bilbao, also working as a radio and television commentator.
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– 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; he was also surpassed by the former in total of caps on 15 November 2011.
- Athletic Bilbao
- La Liga: 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94
- Copa del Rey: 1987–88, 1989–90
- Supercopa de España: 1991, 1992
- European Cup: 1991–92
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1988–89
- UEFA Super Cup: 1992
- Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta; UEFA.com, 10 July 2003
- "Zubizarreta, new technical director". Barcelona's official website. 2 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Andoni Zubizarreta – Century of International Appearances; at RSSSF
- Bizarre own goals; BBC Sport, 17 September 2002
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, Copa de la Liga and Intercontinental Cup
- BDFutbol profile
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- CiberChe biography and stats (Spanish)
- National team data (Spanish)
- Andoni Zubizarreta at National-Football-Teams.com
- Andoni Zubizarreta – FIFA competition record