Carlos Ruiz Herrero

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Carlos Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Carlos Ruiz Herrero
Date of birth (1948-06-07) 7 June 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 Getxo
1969–1970 Bilbao Athletic 24 (7)
1970–1981 Athletic Bilbao 212 (81)
1981–1982 Español 21 (2)
National team
1977 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ruiz and the second or maternal family name is Herrero.

Carlos Ruiz Herrero (born 7 June 1948 in Bilbao, Biscay) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Ruiz played during 11 seasons with Athletic Bilbao (plus one in the reserve team), having been signed in 1969 from Basque neighbours CD Getxo. On 12 September 1970 he made his debut for the first team, playing the dying minutes of the 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona.

In the following years Ruiz continued to be used regularly by Athletic, although he was not always an undisputed starter. In the 1974–75 season, however, he scored a career-best 19 goals in 32 games (winning the Pichichi Trophy in the process), for a tenth place in La Liga; on 18 May 1977 he netted the 2–1 at home against Juventus FC in the campaign's UEFA Cup final (scoring a total of five during the side's continental run), but the Italians won it on the away goals rule.

Ruiz still enjoyed two seasons in double digits until he left Athletic (namely 1977–78, with 16 goals), but also dealt with several injuries. He eventually retired from the game in the 1982 summer at the age of 34, after one season with RCD Español, amassing league totals of 233 matches and 83 goals always in the top division – the 1969–70 season with Bilbao's B-side notwithstanding.

International career[edit]

Ruiz was never capped by Spain at senior level, but did play for the U-21s once. It was in a match against Yugoslavia played in Elche, at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero.




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