José Luis Panizo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Panizo.

José Luis López Panizo (6 February 1922 – 14 February 1990) was a Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder.

During 17 seasons he played for Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 412 official games (179 goals) and winning seven major titles.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sestao, Biscay, Panizo arrived at Athletic Bilbao's youth system at the age of 16 from Basque neighbours Sestao Sport Club, being immediately promoted to the first team. During 16 professional seasons he would play in 325 La Liga matches, scoring 136 goals (seven years in double digits); in the 1942–43 campaign, as Athletic won the double, he netted 12 in 24 games.

At the age of 33 Panizo moved to another Basque club, modest SD Indautxu, closing out his career after one year. He died eight days after his 68th birthday, in Portugalete.

International career[edit]

Panizo made his debut for Spain on 23 June 1946, in a 0–1 friendly loss with Republic of Ireland in Madrid.

In the following seven years he gained a further 13 caps, scoring twice. He was selected for the squad present at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, playing in four games as the national side reached the second group stage of the competition.


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