Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga

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Andoni Goikoetxea
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Personal information
Full name Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga
Date of birth (1956-05-23) 23 May 1956 (age 59)
Place of birth Alonsotegi, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Arbuyo
1973–1974 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Bilbao Athletic 25 (8)
1975–1987 Athletic Bilbao 277 (35)
1987–1990 Atlético Madrid 35 (0)
Total 337 (43)
National team
1975 Spain U18 1 (0)
1977 Spain U21 3 (0)
1983 Spain amateur 1 (0)
1983–1988 Spain 39 (4)
Teams managed
1992–1996 Spain U21
1995 Spain U20
1996–1998 Salamanca
1998–1999 Compostela
1999–2000 Numancia
2000–2001 Racing Santander
2001 Rayo Vallecano
2004–2005 Salamanca
2005–2007 Numancia
2007–2008 Hércules
2010–2011 Ceuta
2013–2015 Equatorial Guinea

* 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 Goikoetxea and the second or maternal family name is Olaskoaga.

Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga (born 23 May 1956), Goiko for short, is a Spanish retired footballer, and a current manager.

During his career, the aggressive central defender (dubbed "The butcher from Bilbao") played mainly for Athletic Bilbao, also having been a Spain and Euskadi XI international. Among the followers of his main club, he was also known as El Gigante de Alonsotegui (Alonsotegui's giant).

Having gained nearly 40 caps for Spain in the 1980s, Goikoetxea represented the country in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Born in Alonsotegi, Biscay, Goikoetxea began playing football with local Arbuyo before joining Athletic Bilbao in 1973 where, after starting out at the reserve side, he soon established himself in the senior team squad. He scored four La Liga goals in 27 games in his debut season, but played a lesser role in the following three years with only 24 appearances combined.[1][2]

During the 1980s, along with Dani, José Ramón Gallego, José Núñez, Manuel Sarabia and Andoni Zubizarreta, Goiko was a prominent member of the successful Bilbao side coached by Javier Clemente. In 1984 the Basque club renewed its league title, also achieving the double (league and Copa del Rey) in that year.

Maradona foul[edit]

On 24 September 1983, Goikoetxea achieved notoriety for a foul on Diego Maradona described as "one of the most brutal fouls ever delivered in the history of Spanish football"[3] in a league match at the Camp Nou, ferociously tackling the Argentine from behind and leaving him severely injured. Maradona compared the sound he heard to that of wood breaking[4] and, in the aftermath, English journalist Edward Owen coined the phrase "Butcher of Bilbao" to describe Goikotxea,[3][4] a nickname which remained attached him for the rest of his career. Maradona's compatriot César Luis Menotti, who was the coach of Barcelona at the time, accused the Spaniard of "belonging to a 'race of anti-footballers'" and called for a life-long ban;[3] he was served a ten-match ban by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.[3] It was later reported he kept "the boot he had used to destroy...(Maradona's) ankle ligaments" at home in a glass case.[5]

Two seasons previous to this incident, Goikoetxea had also severely injured Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster when the latter played with the Catalans, leaving him with a serious right knee injury from which the German never fully recovered. When the two teams met in the 1984 Cup final in May, the match ended 1–0 for Athletic and with a mass brawl on the pitch, and Goikoetxea connected with a high kick to Maradona's chest;[6][7] he was initially banned for 18 games for his actions, but the suspension was later reduced to seven.[8]

Later years[edit]

After three years with Atlético Madrid[9] where he featured sparingly, Goikoetxea retired at almost 34 after appearing in 369 official matches for Athletic, netting 44 goals.[10]

International[edit]

Goikoetxea played 39 times for Spain, making his debut against Holland on 16 February 1983.[11] He represented the nation at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup; during the latter competition he scored one of his four international goals in the game against Denmark, in a round-of-16 5–1 triumph – all remaining four were scored by Emilio Butragueño.[12]

Goikoetxea also played two games for the Basque Country national football team, in 1979 and 1988.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 1984 Charmilles, Geneva, Switzerland   Switzerland 0–4 0–4 Friendly
2. 14 November 1984 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 2–1 3–1 1986 World Cup qualification
3. 18 June 1986 La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico  Denmark 1–3 1–5 1986 FIFA World Cup
4. 15 October 1986 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany  West Germany 2–2 2–2 Friendly

Managerial career[edit]

Goikoetxea became a coach two years after retiring, starting to work at club level in 1996 and going on to be in charge of UD Salamanca (twice),[13][14] SD Compostela, CD Numancia (two spells),[15][16] Racing de Santander[17] and Rayo Vallecano.[18] In 1996–97 he guided Salamanca to a top flight promotion, after finishing second; he was also assistant of the Spanish national team to former club boss Clemente, during the World Cup held in the United States in 1994.[19]

In the 2007 summer Goikoetxea joined Alicante-based Hércules CF in the second division,[20] being released at the season's end after being suspended by the club for implying its internal structures "stank".[21] In late February 2013 he was appointed coach of Equatorial Guinea,[22] being sacked in January 2015 just three weeks before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to poor performance in friendlies, which included a loss to a lower league club in Portugal.[23]

Style of play[edit]

Goikoetxea was notorious for his aggressive style of play,[24][25][26][27] not least because of the two heavy fouls (see Maradona foul) on Maradona and Schuster which earned him the nickname "Butcher of Bilbao". In 2007, English newspaper The Times named him the "hardest defender of all times".[5][4]

Club statistics[edit]

[28]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1974–75 Athletic Bilbao La Liga 0 0 2 0 - - - - 2 0
1975–76 27 4 1 0 - - - - 28 4
1976–77 10 0 2 0 - - 4 0 16 0
1977–78 4 1 0 0 - - 3 0 7 1
1978–79 10 1 3 0 - - 0 0 13 1
1979–80 30 3 12 4 - - - - 42 7
1980–81 27 4 9 1 - - - - 36 5
1981–82 31 6 7 0 0 0 - - 38 6
1982–83 24 4 5 0 2 0 1 0 32 4
1983–84 28 2 7 0 0 0 4 1 39 3
1984–85 31 3 6 2 2 0 2 0 41 5
1985–86 31 5 6 1 - - 6 0 43 6
1986–87 24 2 5 0 - - 3 0 32 2
1987–88 Atlético Madrid La Liga 13 0 4 0 - - - - 17 0
1988–89 14 0 8 0 - - 0 0 22 0
1989–90 8 0 0 0 - - 2 0 10 0
Total Spain 312 35 77 8 4 0 25 1 418 44
Career total 312 35 77 8 4 0 25 1 418 44

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Athletic Bilbao

Country[edit]

Manager[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goikoetxea". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Los cachorros son casi leones" [The pups are almost lions] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 23 May 1975. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jimmy Burns (5 December 2011). Maradona: The Hand of God. A&C Black. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-4088-2772-7. 
  4. ^ a b c Cáceres, Javier (17 May 2010). "Wie Holz, das bricht" [Like wood breaking]. Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Football's 50 greatest hard men
  6. ^ Jimmy Burns (5 December 2011). Maradona: The Hand of God. A&C Black. pp. 121–122. ISBN 978-1-4088-2772-7. 
  7. ^ "The Joy of Six: hot football funks". The Guardian. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "El tercer mayor castigo" [The third biggest punishment]. El País (in Spanish). 27 November 1999. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Goikoetxea y Parra firmaron ayer por tres años con el Atlético" [Goikoetxea and Parra signed with Atlético for three years yesterday]. El País (in Spanish). 10 July 1987. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "San Mamés despide hoy a Goikoetxea, prototipo genuino del 'león vasco'" [Today, San Mamés bids farewell to Goikoetxea, genuine epitome of the 'Basque' lion]. El País (in Spanish). 20 December 1990. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Andoni Goicoechea Olascoaga – International Appearances; at RSSSF
  12. ^ "5–1: ¡Buitre, que grande eres!" [5–1: Vulture, you're so great!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 19 June 1986. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Goiko, cesado como técnico del Salamanca" [Goiko, sacked as Salamanca coach]. El País (in Spanish). 22 October 1997. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Goikoetxea, al Salamanca" [Goikoetxea, to Salamanca] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 March 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Goikoetxea no seguirá en el Numancia la próxima temporada" [Goikoetxea will not continue with Numancia next season]. El País (in Spanish). 22 May 2000. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Goikoetxea regresa al banquillo soriano" [Goikoetxea returns to soriano bench] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 7 December 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Ratificado y destituido en 48 horas" [Confirmed and sacked in 48 hours]. El País (in Spanish). 5 December 2000. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "El vestuario se traga a 'Goiko'" [Locker room eats 'Goiko' up]. El País (in Spanish). 1 October 2001. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "Goikoetxea, con Clemente" [Goikoetxea, with Clemente]. El País (in Spanish). 24 September 1992. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  20. ^ Andoni Goikoetxea entrenará al Hércules en la próxima temporada (Andoni Goikoetxea to manage Hércules next season); Super Deporte, 11 June 2007 (Spanish)
  21. ^ El Hércules CF abre proceso disciplinario a Andoni Goikoetxea (Hércules CF starts disciplinary proceedings against Andoni Goikoetxea); Diario Información, 11 April 2008 (Spanish)
  22. ^ Goikoetxea, seleccionador de la Nzalang Nacional (Goikoetxea, Nzalang national team coach); Iratzar Blogspot, 27 February 2013 (Spanish)
  23. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea sack Andoni Goikoetxea". The Guardian. January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Top 50 hardest footballers". Empire. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  25. ^ Goikoetxea: "Me crucificaron por lo de Maradona, pero de Figo nadie dice nada" (Goikoetxea: "I was crucified for the Maradona bit, but no one says anything about Figo"); Marca, 13 August 2007 (Spanish)
  26. ^ Andoni Goikoetxea, el segundo futbolista más duro de la historia según ‘The Sun’ (Andoni Goikoetxea, second hardest footballer in history for ‘The Sun’); 20 Minutos, 10 January 2008 (Spanish)
  27. ^ Bossi, Dominic (12 December 2013). "Kevin Muscat named football's dirtiest player". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Andoni Goikoetxea". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 

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