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Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga (born 23 May 1956 in Alonsotegimarker, Biscay), Goiko for short, is a former Spanishmarker footballer and a current coach.

During his career, the aggressive central defender (dubbed "The butcher from Bilbaomarker")played mainly for Athletic Club de Bilbao, also having been a Spain and Euskadi XI international. Among the followers of Athletic Club, he was also known as El Gigante de Alonsotegui (Alonsotegui's Giant).

Club career

Goikoetxea began his playing career as a youth with Arbuyo, before joining Athletic de Bilbao in 1974. Before establishing himself in the senior team, he played for the reserve side. In his debut season in the first division, he netted four goals in 27 contests, being somewhat absent (only 26 matches from 1976–79 combined) in the following years.

During the 1980s, along with Dani, Manuel Sarabia, José María "Chato" Nuñez, José Ramón "Txetxu" Gallego and Andoni Zubizarreta, Goikoetxea was a prominent member of the successful Bilbao team coached by Javier Clemente. In 1984, the Basquemarker renewed its league title, also achieving the double (league and cup) in that year.

Earlier, on 24 September 1983, Goiko achieved notoriety for an infamous tackle on Diego Maradona in a league match at the Camp Noumarker, ferociously tackling the Argentinemarker from behind and leaving him severely injured, and reportedly later keeping "the boot he had used to destroy...(Maradona’s) ankle ligaments" at home in a glass case. When the two teams met in that year's Cup final (1–0 for Athletic), the match ended with several players fighting in the field.

Goikoetxea also severely injured Germanmarker Bernd Schuster when the latter played with the Catalansmarker, producing him a serious right knee injury, and Schuster never fully recovered the level of earlier seasons.

After three years with Atlético de Madrid where he appeared sparingly (with a best output of 14 matches), Goikoetxea retired at almost 34, with 369 overall matches for Athletic, scoring 44 goals.

Subsequently, he became a manager, coaching UD Salamanca (twice), SD Compostela, CD Numancia (twice), Racing de Santander and Rayo Vallecano. In 1996–97, he guided Salamanca to a top flight promotion, after finishing second. He was also assistant of the Spanish national team to former club boss Clemente, during the World Cup held in the United Statesmarker in 1994.

In 2007, Goikoetxea joined Hércules CF in Alicantemarker, in the second division, being released at the season's end.

International career

Goikoetxea played 39 times for Spain, making his debut against Holland, on February 16, 1983. He represented Spain at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. During the latter competition he scored one of his four international goals in the game against Denmark, in a round of 16 5–1 triumph (all remaining four were scored by Emilio Butragueño).

Goikoetxea also played two games for the Basque Country national football team, in 1979 and 1988.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 1984 Charmillesmarker, Genevamarker, Switzerlandmarker 0–4 0–4 International Friendly
2. 14 November 1984 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker 2–1 3–1 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 18 June 1986 La Corregidoramarker, Querétaromarker, Mexicomarker 1–3 1–5 1986 FIFA World Cup
4. 15 October 1986 Niedersachsenstadionmarker, Hanovermarker, Germanymarker 2–2 2–2 International Friendly


Club statistics



Honours

Athletic Bilbao


References

  1. Football's 50 greatest hard men


External links



1974–75 Athletic Bilbao Spanish League 0 0 2 0 - - - - 2 0
1975–76 27 4 1 0 - - - - 28 4
1976–77 10 0 2 0 - - 4 0 16 0
1977–78 6 1 0 0 - - 3 0 9 1
1978–79 10 1 3 0 - - 0 0 13 1
1979–80 30 3 12 4 - - - - 42 7
1980–81 27 4 9 1 - - - - 36 5
1981–82 31 6 7 0 2 0 - - 40 6
1982–83 24 4 5 0 0 0 1 0 30 4
1983–84 28 2 7 0 2 0 4 1 41 3
1984–85 31 3 6 2 0 0 2 0 39 5
1985–86 31 5 6 1 - - 6 0 43 6
1986–87 24 2 5 0 - - 3 0 32 2
1987–88 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 13 0 4 0 - - - - 17 0
1988–89 14 0 8 0 - - 0 0 22 0
1989–90 8 0 0 0 - - 2 0 10 0
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