Joaquín Urquiaga

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Joaquín Urquiaga
Personal information
Full name Joaquín Urquiaga Legarburu
Date of birth (1910-03-29)29 March 1910
Place of birth Zorroza, Spain
Date of death 28 July 1965(1965-07-28) (aged 55)
Place of death Bilbao, Spain
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1937 Real Betis 72 (0)
1937–1944 Asturias
1944–1946 Veracruz
Teams managed
1947–1948 Veracruz
1952–1953 Tampico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joaquín Urquiaga (29 March 1910 – 28 July 1965) was a football player and manager who played professionally in Mexico and Spain.


Born in Zorroza, Urquiaga played as a goalkeeper for Real Betis. He made his La Liga debut on 25 December 1932, and would help Betis win the league in the 1934–35 season.[1] In four seasons, Urquiaga made 72 league appearances for Betis.[2]

Fleeing the Spanish Civil War in 1937, Urquiaga traveled to Mexico where he joined Asturias. He also played for Veracruz, where he won the Primera División de México title in 1945–46.[3]

After he retired from playing, Urquiaga became a football coach. He led Veracruz to the 1947–48 Copa México title.[4] Urquiaga also managed Tampico, leading the club to a league and cup double in 1952–53.[1]


Urquiaga died in Bilbao in July 1965.[5]


  1. ^ a b Calderón, Carlos (July 2011). "El 'Gordo' Urquiaga" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 
  2. ^ Statistics at BDFutbol
  3. ^ Báez-Jorge, Félix (15 September 2010). Personajes populares de Veracruz (PDF) (in Spanish). p. 152. ISBN 9786073300032. 
  4. ^ Franco, Eduardo (5 July 2012). "De Urquiaga a Bakero, los jugadores españoles del Veracruz" (in Spanish). Potencia Deportiva. 
  5. ^ "Funeral en Mejico por Urquiaga". El Mundo Deportivo. 6 August 1965. p. 3.