Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga

Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga (born 23 May 1956 Alonsotegi, Vizcaya Province ) is a former Spanish footballer and current coach. After a few stops as head coach at the RFEF, in 1994 he had reached the third place in 1996 and the final of the U- 21 Championship, he trained in eleven years, some Spanish clubs, where he could hardly achieve success with these. Since February 2013 he is coach of Equatorial Guinea.

  • 2.1 The beginnings
  • 2.2 Failure and pause
  • 2.3 New Goals
  • 3.1 As a player
  • 3.2 As a coach

Playing career


Goikoetxea began his playing career in the second team of Athletic Bilbao. From there, he made ​​the jump to the legendary team of the Basques in the 1980s. With Javier Clemente as coach and teammates as Andoni Zubizarreta he won in his time at Athletic (1975-1987) four national titles, including two championships 1982/83 and 1983 / 84th In the season 1983/84 the "Dream Team " also won the Cup, a year later, the Spanish Supercup.

At the end of his career as a player Goikoetxea went for three years to Atlético Madrid, before the football boots hung on a nail in 1990.

Goikoetxea was known for his extremely brutal style of play. Press and fans gave him the nickname " The Butcher of Bilbao ". The British newspaper Times put it in 2007 in a list of the 50 toughest players in football history in the first place, just like 2013, the German football magazine 11 Freunde. The defender injured Diego Maradona in his time at FC Barcelona with a challenge from behind so hard that this led to a long-running dispute between Athletic and FC Barcelona. Bernd Schuster also got to feel the hardness of the Basques in his time at FC Barcelona. At the age of 21, he was severely wounded in the knee.


Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga played an important role in the national team. For the Spanish national team, he ran in 39 games and scored four goals. His first game for the Basque Selección denied on February 16, 1983 against the Dutch national football team. At the European Football Championship 1984 in France and the Football World Cup 1986 in Mexico, he participated for Spain.

Coaching career

The beginnings

In his first coaching position Goikoetxea had success. With UD Salamanca he got 1996/1997 on the premier league. In the following season could hold as 14 sure the class. However, he left the club after only two years to hire the second division SD Compostela. With the Galicians he clearly failed to make the ascent, got after one year (1999-2000) but the chance CD Numancia in the Primera División to lead to relegation.

Failure and break

For the 2000/2001 season Goikoetxea hired at Racing Santander, could División relegation to the Segunda avoid not. Once again, he remained in the first division, where he could lead the Madrid suburb club Rayo Vallecano for sovereign relegation.

Completely surprisingly, Goikoetxea moved up to 2004/2005 season back from the football business. Then he took a second time UD Salamanca, where he began his coaching career. By now playing in the second division club he was at that season in the Segunda División B third class passed. Despite everything, he was relegated Premiership CD Numancia, he had also previously trained take over. After two failed attempts in the direction of revival he had the club in 2007 but left again.

New goals

In summer 2007, Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga came to Hércules CF with the long term goal is to build something and to do with the Alicantinern the jump to the first division. However, he was released after a year because of ascent was clearly missed. Previously the club had already initiated disciplinary proceedings against the coach for making critical remarks, which was later dropped again.


As a player

  • Spanish Champion: 1983, 1984
  • Copa del Rey: 1984
  • Spanish Supercup: 1984

As a coach