Fidel Uriarte

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Fidel Uriarte
Personal information
Full name Fidel Uriarte Macho
Date of birth (1945-03-01)1 March 1945
Place of birth Sestao, Spain
Date of death 19 December 2016(2016-12-19) (aged 71)
Place of death Castro Urdiales, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1960–1962 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1974 Athletic Bilbao 297 (90)
1974–1977 Málaga 46 (1)
Total 343 (91)
National team
1962–1963 Spain U18 5 (0)
1967–1970 Spain U23 4 (1)
1963–1964 Spain amateur 7 (5)
1968–1972 Spain 9 (1)
Teams managed
1978 Sestao
1990–1991 Athletic Bilbao (assistant)
1991 Bilbao Athletic
1991–1992 Athletic Bilbao (assistant)
1992–1993 Athletic Bilbao (youth)
1993–1994 Bilbao Athletic (youth)
1995 Villarreal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fidel Uriarte Macho (1 March 1945 – 19 December 2016) was a Spanish footballer who played as a striker.

Having spent most of his 15-year professional career with Athletic Bilbao, he was crowned La Liga's Pichichi in 1968, winning two Copa del Rey and scoring more than 100 official goals with his main team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sestao, Biscay, Uriarte was promoted to Basque giants Athletic Bilbao's first team at only 17, making his La Liga debut on 23 September 1962 in a 0–2 away loss against CD Málaga. At the end of his fourth season, aged 21, he had already appeared in 100 league matches and scored 14 goals.

In the 1967–68 campaign, Uriarte netted a career-best 22 goals in only 24 games (35/28 overall), helping Athletic to the seventh position in the league – on 31 December 1967, he contributed with five to an 8–0 home demolition of Real Betis.[1] In the following year he conquered the first of his two Copa del Rey with the club, and left in 1974 with 389 competitive appearances (121 goals).[2][3]

Subsequently, Uriarte joined Málaga, achieving one promotion and two relegations with the Andalusians and retiring in 1977 at the age of 32. He worked as a coach in the following decades, managing both Athletic's reserve and youth sides amongst others.

International career[edit]

Uriarte earned nine caps for Spain during four years, his debut coming on 28 February 1968 in a friendly with Sweden, in Seville. In another exhibition game, a 2–1 away win over Italy on 20 February 1971, he scored his only goal.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 February 1971 Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Italy  Italy 0–2 1–2 Friendly


Uriarte died on 19 December 2016 in Castro Urdiales, Bay of Biscay, after a long illness. He was 71 years old.[4][5]



Athletic Bilbao



  1. ^ "Uriarte ganó el pichichi en Nochevieja" [Uriarte won the pichichi on New Year's Eve]. El País (in Spanish). 3 January 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Urzaiz supera a Uriarte y se coloca como noveno goleador rojiblanco" [Urzaiz surpassed Uriarte and ranks ninth in red-and-white all-time scoring list]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 December 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Los discípulos de Pichichi" [Pichichi's disciples]. El Correo (in Spanish). 9 October 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Fidel Uriarte". Athletic Bilbao. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Fallece Fidel Uriarte, una leyenda del Athletic" [Fidel Uriarte, Athletic legend, dies]. El Correo (in Spanish). 19 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  6. ^ "2–0: No tuvo rival serio en el Castellón" [2–0: Castellón was no serious match]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 June 1973. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Spain – List of Topscorers ("Pichichi") 1929–2015". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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