Pedro María 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 67)
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 186 (0)
National team
1974–1975 Spain amateur 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Artola and the second or maternal family name is Urrutia.

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 216 La Liga games.

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 Basque he backedup Javier Urruticoechea, with 27 of his 30 La Liga appearances coming in the 1974–75 campaign, with the team finishing 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, adding the season's Copa del Rey with the Catalans, one of seven team honours with the club; he was also in goal in one of the two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals won by Barça, the 1982 2–1 win against Standard Liège on home soil.

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 the 1983–84 campaign, 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.





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