Pedro Artola

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Pedro Artola
Personal information
Full name Pedro María Artola Urrutia
Date of birth (1948-09-06) 6 September 1948 (age 70)
Place of birth Andoain, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1970 San Sebastián
1970–1975 Real Sociedad 30 (0)
1975–1984 Barcelona 187 (0)
Total 217 (0)
National team
1974–1975 Spain amateur 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pedro María Artola Urrutia (born 6 September 1948) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

During his 14-year professional career he represented Real Sociedad and Barcelona, appearing in 217 La Liga matches.

Club career[edit]

Born in Andoain, Gipuzkoa, Artola played three full seasons for Real Sociedad's reserves, San Sebastián CF, before joining the first team permanently in 1970. During most of his spell with the Basques he backed up Javier Urruticoechea, with 27 of his 30 La Liga appearances coming in 1974–75 as they finished in fourth position with the second-best defensive record (32 goals suffered, to UD Salamanca's 29).

In 1975, aged almost 27, Artola signed with FC Barcelona, appearing in only 25 league matches in his first two years combined but becoming the starter subsequently. He won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy as the best goalkeeper in 1977–78,[1] adding the campaign's Copa del Rey with the Catalans, one of seven major honours with the club – in this competition's round-of-16, in the last minutes of the 8–0 home routing of Getafe Deportivo following a 3–3 away draw, he took a penalty after petition from the Camp Nou faithful, and missed it;[2] he was also in goal in one of the two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals won by Barça, the 1979 4–3 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf in Basel.[3]

Former Real Sociedad teammate Urruti signed for Barcelona in 1981, and eventually again won the battle for first-choice with Artola, who only appeared in three games in 1983–84, retiring from football at the age of 35.

International career[edit]

Artola was selected by Spain for the UEFA Euro 1980 tournament in Italy, as Urruticoechea. He did not earn any caps for the national side, however.






  1. ^ "Claudio Bravo leaves record at 754 minutes". FC Barcelona. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Una humillación en el Camp Nou peor que lo de Halloween" [Camp Nou humiliation worse than the Halloween bit]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. ^ "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA. 1 June 1979. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

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