José María Belauste
Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Belauste played with Athletic Bilbao from ages 15–36. His game was based on a physical display, as he stood at 1.93 meters and weighed 95 kilograms. He made his debut for his only club on 4 April 1909 in a 2–4 loss against Club Ciclista de San Sebastián, and won six Copa del Rey trophies during his tenure.
Belauste gained three caps for Spain, representing the nation at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium and helping it win silver, as captain. His debut came during the tournament in a 1–0 win against Denmark, and in the second game, against Sweden, he was immortalized in the annals of Spanish football: in the play that led to the 1–1 equalizer, he reportedly shouted to teammate Sabino Bilbao: "¡A mí el pelotón, Sabino, que los arrollo!" ("Send me that ball, Sabino, i'll crush them!" in Spanish). This was subsequently viewed as the reason why the national team was dubbed Furia Roja (Spanish Fury).
- Copa del Rey: 1911, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1921, 1923
- Campeonato Norte: 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16
- Campeonato de Vicaya: 1919–20, 1920–21
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Personal life / Death
Belauste was also active in politics, being affiliated to the Basque Nationalist Party and responsible for its sports section. During a meeting in 1922, he shouted "Death to Spain!"; additionally, he almost did not receive his Olympic medal, due to the fact he refused to carry the Spanish flag in the parade.
After his voluntary exile, first to France, then Algeria, Argentina and Brazil, Belauste returned home, but left for Mexico after the start of the Spanish Civil War. He died on 4 September 1964 in Mexico City at the age of 75, from lung cancer.
- El inspirador de la "furia española" fue un vasco (The inspirer of the "Spanish fury" was a Basque); El Mundo, 15 June 2008 (Spanish)
- Algo más que un grito (More than a cry); El País, 23 December 2005 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- José María Belauste at National-Football-Teams.com
- José María Belauste – FIFA competition record