Daniel Ruiz

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Dani (left) in 1978
Personal information
Full name Daniel Ruiz-Bazán Justa
Date of birth (1951-06-28) 28 June 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth Sopuerta, Spain
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1968–1969 Sodupe
1969–1970 Getxo
1970–1971 Villosa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1972 Bilbao Athletic 33 (8)
1972–1986 Athletic Bilbao 302 (147)
1972–1974 Barakaldo (loan) 65 (9)
Total 400 (164)
National team
1977 Spain U21 1 (3)
1976 Spain amateur 1 (1)
1981 Spain B 2 (1)
1977–1981 Spain 25 (10)
* 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-Bazán and the second or maternal family name is Justa.

Daniel Ruiz-Bazán Justa (born 28 June 1951), commonly known as Dani, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

During his career he played almost exclusively for Athletic Bilbao, scoring nearly 200 official goals (exactly 199) in more than one decade with the first team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sopuerta, Biscay, Dani played his youth football in various clubs in the Basque Country, arriving in Athletic Bilbao in 1971 at the age of 20 and playing one full season with the reserve side in the third division.

After two years loaned at neighbouring Barakaldo CF in the second level he returned to his alma mater, scoring in double digits for nine of the following ten years. Dani's first La Liga match occurred on 29 September 1974 in a 0–3 away loss against Valencia CF and, in the 1976–77 season, as the Lions reached the final of the UEFA Cup and won the Copa del Rey, also finishing third in the league, he netted a total of 29 goals in 46 official games; in the latter competition, during his 12-year stint with the club, he reached the 20-goal mark twice.

Dani helped Athletic to back-to-back league titles in his later years (1983–84), although he was only a fringe player in the latter campaign – ten matches, three goals – due to the emergence of another youth product of the club, Manuel Sarabia. He would be further pushed down the pecking order after the first-team promotion of Julio Salinas, and eventually retired in June 1986 at the age of 35, having scored 147 league goals in 302 appearances.

International career[edit]

Dani played 25 matches and scored ten goals for Spain, during four years and two days. His debut came on 21 September 1977 in a 2–1 friendly win in Switzerland.[1]

Dani represented his country in both the 1978 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1980, respectively scoring against Austria and England (1–2 defeats and group stage exit in both cases).

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 January 1978 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Italy 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 29 March 1978 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Norway 3–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 26 April 1978 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Mexico 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4. 3 June 1978 José Almafitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Austria 1–1 2–1 1978 FIFA World Cup
5. 4 April 1979 Stadionul Central, Craiova, Romania  Romania 1–1 2–2 Euro 1980 qualifying
6. 4 April 1979 Stadionul Central, Craiova, Romania  Romania 2–2 2–2 Euro 1980 qualifying
7. 26 September 1979 Balaídos, Vigo, Spain  Portugal 1–0 1–1 Friendly
8. 23 January 1980 Balaídos, Vigo, Spain  Netherlands 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9. 18 June 1980 San Paolo, Naples, Italy  England 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 1980
10. 12 November 1980 Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain  Poland 1–1 1–2 Friendly


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