Fernando Lamikiz Garai

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Fernando Lamikiz Garai (born 1959 in Guernica, Spain) is a lawyer, economist and former president of Athletic Bilbao.

Lamikiz studied economic law at the Deusto University. After further studying in Munich, he returned to Deusto as a lecturer in Civil Rights. He was member of the board of directors of Athletic from 1994 to 2001, heading the legal department.

He was president of Athletic from September 2004 until his resignation in September 2006. He stepped down following Athletic's poor performance in the 2005-2006 La Liga season, and the club's uninspired beginning of the 2006-2007 season, combined with prolonged negative press surrounding his involvement in the illegal attempt to sign defender Iban Zubiaurre from rivals Real Sociedad.[1] His resignation, widely believed to have come as the result of sustained protest by vocal supporters of Athletic, was effected on 27 September 2006.[2]


  1. ^ "The honest lawyer". ESPN Soccernet. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lamikiz quits as Bilbao president". CNN.com. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2009.