|Full name||Francisco Javier González Urruticoechea|
|Date of birth||17 November 1952|
|Place of birth||San Sebastián, Spain|
|Date of death||24 May 2001(aged 48)|
|Place of death||Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
At FC Barcelona, a club known for goalkeepers like Franz Platko, Antoni Ramallets, Juan Velasco and Ricardo Zamora, he became a legend, playing 307 La Liga games over the course of 16 seasons and also representing in the competition Real Sociedad and Español.
Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Urruti played as a junior with Lengokoak before joining Real Sociedad in 1969, spending three full years with the reserve team. For the next La Liga seasons, he maintained an interesting battle for first-choice status with legendary Luis Arconada.
After Arconada finally settled Urruti moved to RCD Español, where he won the Don Balón award in 1981 (Spanish Footballer of the Year), moving across the city after that campaign to join FC Barcelona.
In his third year Urruti won the Zamora Trophy, while playing in all the matches safe one. Alongside the likes of Steve Archibald and Bernd Schuster, he was a prominent member of the Catalonia team coached by Terry Venables that won the league in 1985 and then reached the final of the European Cup in the following year; on 25 March 1985, in a game against Real Valladolid, his penalty save against Mágico González effectively clinched the title.
During the second leg of the European Cup semi-final against IFK Göteborg, Urruti successfully protested to the referee about a conceded goal after he spotted the ball had gone out of play – Barcelona were trailing 0–3 from the first-leg and the decision kept them in the game. They eventually drew level and in the subsequent penalty shootout, he saved a crucial penalty and then scored one; the final against FC Steaua Bucureşti, however, was a major disappointment as, although he saved two shots in the shootout (after 0–0 in regulation), his Romanian counterpart, Helmuth Duckadam, stopped all four.
After Andoni Zubizarreta, another Basque, arrived from Athletic Bilbao in 1986, Urruti was pushed to the bench and only appeared in one league match in his final two seasons combined, later being the club's goalkeeper coach. On 24 May 2001, he died after his car hit the central barrier of a ring road in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, at just 48.
Urruti played five times for Spain in a two-year span, and was a member of the Spanish squads for the 1978, 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, also being picked for UEFA Euro 1980. His debut came in a friendly with Norway on 29 March 1978, in Gijón; however, his struggles at the club level translated to the international front, as he was never able to replace fellow Basques Arconada and Zubizarreta.
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1981–82
- Spanish League: 1984–85
- Spanish Cup: 1982–83, 1987–88
- Spanish Supercup: 1983
- Spanish League Cup: 1982–83, 1985–86
- European Cup: Runner-up 1985–86
- Fallece el ex jugador del FC Barcelona Javier Urruticoechea, 'Urruti' (Javier Urruticoechea, 'Urruti', former FC Barcelona player, dies); El País, 24 May 2001 (Spanish)
- Urruti, ex portero de Barça y Espanyol, fallece en un accidente de tráfico (Urruti, ex Barça and Espanyol goalkeeper, dies in road accident); El Mundo, 25 May 2001 (Spanish)
- Spain – Footballer of the Year, at RSSSF
- Urruti killed in car crash; BBC Sport, 24 May 2001
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- Javier Urruticoechea at National-Football-Teams.com
- FC Barcelona web profile
- FC Barcelona profile
- FC Barcelona archives (Spanish)
- Porteros vascos de leyenda (Spanish)