Bust of Moreno at the San Mamés Stadium
Rafael Moreno Aranzadi
Date of birth
23 May 1892
Place of birth
Date of death
1 March 1922
Place of death
1.54 m (5 ft 1 in)
Athletic Bilbao 17
) [1 ]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rafael Moreno Aranzadi (23 May 1892 – 1 March 1922), commonly known as Pichichi (Little Duck), was a Spanish footballer who played as a striker.
He played for
Athletic Bilbao during the 1910s and 1920s. [2 ]
Club career [ edit ]
Bilbao, Biscay, Pichichi played in his first Copa del Rey final in March 1913. Athletic Bilbao, his sole club, lost 0–1 against Racing Club de Irún. Later the same year, on 21 August, the same opponents, now renamed Real Unión, were invited to play the inaugural game at San Mamés Stadium, and he scored the very first goal at the new ground.
Pichichi subsequently played in five other domestic cup finals, winning four. He netted a
hat-trick in the 1915 final as Athletic beat RCD Español 5–0. He died on 2 March 1922 at the age of only 29, victim of a sudden attack of typhus; he scored
International career [ edit ]
In 1920, Pichichi was a member of the very first
Spanish national team that played at the Olympic Games in Belgium.
He gained five senior
caps during one month, his debut coming on 28 August in a 1–0 win against Denmark.
Honours [ edit ]
Copa del Rey: 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1920–21 Northern Championship: 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16
Vizcayan Championship: 1919–20, 1920–21
Country [ edit ]
Personal [ edit ]
In 1926, a bust was erected in his honour outside the San Mamés Stadium. It was tradition for teams visiting the stadium for the first time pay homage by leaving a bouquet of flowers at its base.
Pichichi was easily identifiable on the pitch by his ever present white headgear. Both he and his future wife were immortalised in a painting by
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