Urrutia in 2014
|Full name||Josu Urrutia Tellería|
|Date of birth||10 April 1968|
|Place of birth||Bilbao, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Urrutia was born in Bilbao, Biscay, and was a product of the youth academy of Athletic Bilbao based at Lezama. He made his first appearance with the club's B-side on 9 September 1984, aged only 16, due to a strike by the professional players, and lasted 67 minutes in a 3–1 home win against UD Salamanca in the second division.
Urrutia appeared once for the first team during the 1987–88 season, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Sporting de Gijón, then amassed a further five La Liga games in the next while also experiencing a relegation followed by a promotion with the reserves. He began 1989–90 still registered with the latter but eventually broke into the former, scoring his first goal for them on 1 April 1990 to help to a 2–2 home draw to Real Valladolid which was played at neighbouring Real Sociedad's ground, Atotxa Stadium.
From the 1990–91 campaign onwards, Urrutia became a very important first-team member, being a valuable midfield element with tackling and stamina skills and a perfect complement for the more attacking Julen Guerrero. He appeared in 30 matches during 1997–98 as the Basques qualified for the UEFA Champions League, as runners-up.
After just 25 overall appearances from 2001 to 2003 combined – he only played in one Copa del Rey contest in the latter season – Urrutia retired from the game at the age of 35 due to recurrent problems in his right knee, having appeared in 401 official games.
On 7 July 2011, Urrutia won the presidential elections at his only club (54,36% of the votes), becoming only the fourth former player to be chosen for the post. He promised to bring in Marcelo Bielsa as head coach if he was elected, and this eventually came to fruition.
In March 2015, Urrutia was re-elected to serve another four-year term after being the only candidate to stand. In the early days of his tenure he had appointed former teammate José Ángel Ziganda to become the coach of the reserves, and six years later, still under the former's presidency, the latter was promoted to first-team duties; he replaced another playing colleague of both men, Ernesto Valverde.
- 300 rugidos (300 roars); Mundo Deportivo, 9 March 2000 (in Spanish)
- 3–1: La juventud se impuso en San Mamés (3–1: Youth won at San Mamés); Mundo Deportivo, 10 September 1984 (in Spanish)
- 1–1: Athletic y Sporting, plagados de bajas y de... errores (1–1: Athletic and Sporting, galore of absentees and... mistakes); Mundo Deportivo, 21 March 1988 (in Spanish)
- El Athletic pinchó en el exilio (Athletic fumbled in exile); Mundo Deportivo, 2 April 1990 (in Spanish)
- Historia de San Mamés: Exhibición de Julen Guerrero bajo la nieve (Story of San Mamés: Julen Guerrero show under the snow); Vavel, 22 January 2017 (in Spanish)
- “Mi trayectoria es más que un título” (“My career means more than an honour”); Mundo Deportivo, 13 June 2003 (in Spanish)
- Josu Urrutia, new president; Athletic Bilbao, 7 July 2011
- Josu Urrutia confirma a Marcelo Bielsa como su entrenador si es presidente (Josu Urrutia confirms Marcelo Bielsa as his manager if he is president); Cadena SER, 30 June 2011 (in Spanish)
- Bielsa: "Hay una proporción adecuada entre esfuerzo y creatividad" (Bielsa: "The proportion between effort and creativity is just right"); Marca, 7 July 2011 (in Spanish)
- "Urrutia será proclamado presidente el próximo 20 de marzo" [Urrutia to be proclaimed president the next 20 March] (in Spanish). El Correo. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- "'Cuco' Ziganda quiere imprimir en el filial el estilo 'comprometido' de Bielsa" ['Cuco' Ziganda wants to imprint Bielsa's 'committed' style on the reserves] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- "José Ángel Ziganda, Athletic Club's new manager". Athletic Bilbao. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- "Urrutia: "Ya lo dijo Valverde, de momento no hay noticias sobre su futuro"" [Urrutia: "Valverde has said, no news on his future for the moment"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.