Julen Guerrero

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Julen Guerrero
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Personal information
Full name Julen Guerrero López
Date of birth (1974-01-07) 7 January 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Portugalete, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1982–1992 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Bilbao Athletic 12 (6)
1992–2006 Athletic Bilbao 372 (101)
Total 384 (107)
National team
1989–1990 Spain U16 9 (7)
1990–1991 Spain U17 8 (3)
1990–1991 Spain U18 14 (2)
1992–1994 Spain U21 12 (8)
1993–2000 Spain 41 (13)
* 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 Guerrero and the second or maternal family name is López.

Julen Guerrero López (born 7 January 1974) is a Spanish retired footballer who played solely for Athletic Club de Bilbao.

Ambidextrous, the attacking midfielder was mainly known for his skills and shooting ability. A Spanish international since the age of 19, he represented the nation at two World Cups, gaining more than 40 caps and appearing in more than 400 official games for his only team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Portugalete, Biscay, Guerrero joined Athletic Bilbao as an eight-year old, and subsequently progressed through the junior ranks of the club. In the 1991–92 season he appeared for the reserves in the second division, being as Aitor Karanka a member of the U-19 team that won a national cup and league double in 1992.

In September 1992, aged 18, Guerrero made his senior debut for Athletic Bilbao, under Jupp Heynckes.[1] He quickly made an impact and, although a midfielder, scored 28 La Liga goals in his first two seasons combined (65 in his first six). He was awarded the New Spanish Player of the Year by El País in 1993, and won the Spanish Footballer of the Year by both Don Balón and El País the following year.[2] During the 1993–94 campaign, he scored a hat-trick against Albacete Balompié (4–1, home), adding four against Sporting de Gijón (7–0 also at the San Mamés Stadium).

The early promise Guerrero showed attracted interest from, among others, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Juventus FC, S.S. Lazio and Manchester United. However, he remained loyal to Athletic and, in 1997, signed a ten-year contract[1] which was the longest in the club's history, and also made him the side's highest-paid player.

In 1997–98, Guerrero netted eight times in 29 contests as the Basque finished second, leading to direct qualification for the UEFA Champions League. However, in the following years, his career went into decline and, in 2002, he was dropped by coach Luis Fernández, while still only 28;[1] in his last four seasons combined he could only manage 57 games with just four goals but, despite his poor form, remained a firm favourite among fans, and the decision to drop him caused some controversy.

On 11 July 2006, Guerrero announced his retirement as a player at an emotional press conference.[3] In 14 seasons as a player he scored 101 goals in 372 top flight matches, adding in various European competitions a further five in 15 appearances, including two in the Champions League.

Immediately after retiring, Guerrero took charge of the Lezama youth ranks, leaving the post after two years.

International career[edit]

On 27 January 1993, when still only 19, Guerrero made his debut for Spain in a friendly game with Mexico, in Las Palmas. He went on to play 41 games and score 13 goals, including one at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and also represented the nation at the 1998 World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996.

Among Guerrero's personal international highlights were hat-tricks against Malta (3–0 in Attard, on 18 December 1996) and Cyprus (8–0, 8 September 1999).[4] He played his last game for Spain in October 2000.[5]

Between 1993 and 2006 Guerrero also played 11 times for the Basque Country national football team, scoring six goals. This included another hat-trick in 1997, against Yugoslavia.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 1993 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Lithuania 0–1 0–2 1994 World Cup qualification
2. 2 June 1993 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Lithuania 0–2 0–2 1994 World Cup qualification
3. 8 September 1993 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Chile 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4. 8 September 1993 Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Chile 2–0 2–0 Friendly
5. 29 March 1995 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Belgium 1–0 1–1 Euro 1996 qualifying
6. 6 September 1995 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 1–0 6–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
7. 20 September 1995 Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain  Argentina 2–0 2–1 Friendly
8. 18 December 1996 Ta' Qali, Attard, Malta  Malta 0–1 0–3 1998 World Cup qualification
9. 18 December 1996 Ta' Qali, Attard, Malta  Malta 0–2 0–3 1998 World Cup qualification
10. 18 December 1996 Ta' Qali, Attard, Malta  Malta 0–3 0–3 1998 World Cup qualification
11. 8 September 1999 Vivero, Badajoz, Spain  Cyprus 3–0 8–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
12. 8 September 1999 Vivero, Badajoz, Spain  Cyprus 5–0 8–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
13. 8 September 1999 Vivero, Badajoz, Spain  Cyprus 6–0 8–0 Euro 2000 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other[6] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bilbao Athletic 1991–92 12 6 - - - - - - 12 6
Total 12 6 - - - - - - 12 6
Athletic Bilbao 1992–93 37 10 0 0 - - - - 37 10
1993–94 36 18 4 3 - - - - 40 21
1994–95 27 13 2 1 4 2 - - 33 16
1995–96 33 9 6 1 - - - - 39 10
1996–97 38 15 5 1 - - - - 43 16
1997–98 29 8 3 0 1 0 - - 33 8
1998–99 36 9 2 1 8 2 - - 46 12
1999–00 32 6 3 0 - - - - 35 6
2000–01 27 4 2 0 - - - - 29 4
2001–02 20 5 6 2 - - - - 26 7
2002–03 14 0 2 2 - - - - 16 2
2003–04 14 1 0 0 - - - - 14 1
2004–05 12 3 4 0 2 0 - - 18 3
2005–06 17 0 2 0 2 0 - - 21 0
Total 372 101 41 11 17 4 - - 430 116
Career totals 384 107 41 11 17 4 - - 442 122

Personal life[edit]

Guerrero's younger brother, José Félix, was also a footballer and a midfielder. He amassed 160 matches as a professional (58 with two goals in the topflight), also representing Athletic Bilbao, but only the reserves.

Julen also opened the Restaurante Julen Guerrero in Bilbao,[7] and worked as an on-line columnist for Eurosport.

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