Andoni Goikoetxea Olaskoaga

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

During his career, the aggressive central defender (dubbed "The butcher from Bilbao"[1]) 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).

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Club career

Goikoetxea began his playing career as a youth with Arbuyo, before joining Athletic Bilbao in 1974. Before establishing himself in the senior team, he played for the reserve side. In his debut season in La Liga, 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 Gallego and Andoni Zubizarreta, Goikoetxea was a prominent member of the successful Bilbao team coached by Javier Clemente. In 1984, the Basque 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 Nou, ferociously tackling the Argentine 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.[1] 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 German Bernd Schuster when the latter played with the Catalans, leaving him with a serious right knee injury, from which Schuster never fully recovered to his level of earlier seasons.

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