Santiago Urquiaga

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Santiago Urquiaga
Personal information
Full name Santiago Urquiaga Pérez
Date of birth (1958-04-18) 18 April 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1973–1976 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Bilbao Athletic 90 (1)
1979–1987 Athletic Bilbao 255 (3)
1987–1989 Español 46 (0)
Total 391 (4)
National team
1975–1976 Spain U18 5 (2)
1977 Spain U20 3 (0)
1978 Spain U21 2 (0)
1979–1980 Spain amateur 9 (0)
1980 Spain B 3 (0)
1980–1984 Spain 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Santiago Urquiaga Pérez (born 18 April 1958) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barakaldo, Biscay, Urquiaga played nine professional seasons with local powerhouse Athletic Bilbao, being an instrumental defensive fixture in the club's back-to-back La Liga conquests (1983–84)[1][2] and starting in all the 67 games he appeared in during that timeframe. He made his debut in the competition on 13 May 1979, playing 26 minutes in a 0–4 away loss against Atlético Madrid.

Urquiaga's final two seasons were spent with RCD Español, helping the Catalans reach the final of the UEFA Cup in his first year, a penalty shootout loss to Germany's Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He retired in June 1989, at the age of 31.

International career[edit]

Urquiaga earned 14 caps for the Spanish national team during four years, and was selected to the squad for the 1982 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1984, being first-choice at the latter tournament as the nation eventually finished runner-up, to hosts France.[3] His first match occurred on 26 March 1980, in a 0–2 friendly defeat to England in Barcelona.

Urquiaga also competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics.



Athletic Bilbao




  1. ^ "Clemente, o la maestría del 'patadón y tente tieso'" [Clemente, or how to be a master of the ‘long ball and grab your balls’] (in Spanish). Medio Centro. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Clemente, 25 años después" [Clemente, 25 years after] (in Spanish). Canarias Ahora. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. ^ "1984: Los 'bleus' se coronan tras el error de Arconada" [1984: ‘Bleus’ crowned after Arconada's mistake]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 April 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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