José Luis Panizo

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José Luis Panizo
Personal information
Full name José Luis López Panizo
Date of birth (1922-02-06)6 February 1922
Place of birth Sestao, Spain
Date of death 14 February 1990(1990-02-14) (aged 68)
Place of death Portugalete, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1938–1939 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1955 Athletic Bilbao 326 (136)
1955–1956 Indautxu 11 (1)
National team
1946–1953 Spain 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Luis López Panizo (6 February 1922 – 14 February 1990) was a Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder.

During 16 seasons he played for Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 413 official games (179 goals) and winning seven major titles.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sestao, Biscay, Panizo arrived at Athletic Bilbao's youth system at the age of 16 from Basque neighbours Sestao Sport Club, being almost immediately promoted to the first team. During 16 professional seasons he would play in 326 La Liga matches, scoring 136 goals (seven years in double digits); in the 1942–43 campaign, as Athletic won the double, he netted 12 in 24 games.

At the age of 33, Panizo moved to another Basque club, modest SD Indautxu, closing out his career after one year. He died eight days after his 68th birthday, in Portugalete.

International career[edit]

Panizo made his debut for Spain on 23 June 1946, in a 0–1 friendly loss with Republic of Ireland in Madrid. In the following seven years he earned a further 13 caps, scoring twice.

Panizo was selected for the squad present at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, playing in four games as the national side reached the second group stage of the competition.


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