Carlos Ruiz Herrero

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Carlos in 1977
Personal information
Full name Carlos Ruiz Herrero
Date of birth (1948-06-07) 7 June 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 Getxo
1969–1970 Bilbao Athletic 25 (8)
1970–1981 Athletic Bilbao 213 (81)
1981–1982 Español 21 (2)
Total 259 (91)
National team
1977 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Ruiz Herrero (born 7 June 1948), commonly known simply as Carlos, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

He spent 11 seasons in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 275 competitive games and scoring 115 goals.[1]

Playing career[edit]


Born in Bilbao, Biscay, the third of ten sons in a large family,[2] Carlos played for eleven seasons with Athletic Bilbao,[3] plus one with their the reserves, having been signed in 1969 from Basque neighbours CD Getxo.[2] On 12 September 1970 he made his debut for the first team, playing the dying minutes of the 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona.

In the following years Carlos continued to be used regularly by the club, although he was not always an undisputed starter. In the 1974–75 season, however, he scored a career-best 19 goals in 32 games (winning the Pichichi Trophy in the process),[4][2] for a tenth place in La Liga; on 18 May 1977 he netted the goal to put Athletic 2–1 up at home against Juventus FC in the campaign's final of the UEFA Cup – his last of five during the side's continental run – but the Italians won the trophy on the away goals rule.

Carlos still enjoyed two seasons in double digits until he left Athletic (including 1977–78, with 16 goals), but also had to deal with several injuries. He eventually retired from the game in the 1982 summer at the age of 34, after a spell with RCD Español,[2] amassing top flight totals of 234 matches and 83 goals.


Carlos was never capped by Spain at senior level, but did play for the under-21 side once, in a match against Yugoslavia played in Elche, at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero.

Later life[edit]

Having studied medicine at the University of Bilbao at Leioa (now part of the University of the Basque Country during his playing career, Ruiz subsequently went into practice as a doctor specialising in the treatment of athletes.[2] He performed roles assisting various sports teams, including basketball club CB Cajabilbao and the Spanish national squads in handball and women's football.[2]

In 2011, he was part of the team behind the unsuccessful campaign of Fernando García Macua to be re-elected as club president of Athletic Bilbao.[2]





  1. ^ "Los discípulos de Pichichi" [Pichichi's disciples]. El Correo (in Spanish). 9 October 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g ""Sentí un hormigueo cuando me ofrecieron regresar al club"" ["I felt a tingling when I was offered to return to the club"]. El Correo (in Spanish). 14 June 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Los cachorros son casi leones" [The pups are almost lions] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 23 May 1975. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Spain – List of Topscorers ("Pichichi") 1929–2015". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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