It has always boasted the Basque Country land of good goalkeepers. Over there, They have come Andoni Zubizarreta, Carmelo and Andoni Cedrún, Artola, Ochotorena or the very Arconada. But nevertheless, possibly the greatest of them all is another classic goal Athletic: José Ángel Iribar, the “Txopo”. A myth for bilbaino box, thanks among other things, their 18 seasons at Atletico and 614 official matches.
Born in Zarauz, neighboring town of Guipúzcoa in 1943, this man who was going to turner represents today and almost certainly the pride of the Basque goalkeeper. Why Iribar It was the prototype of what would come next: an archer insurance, sober, no concessions to the supporters but with very few glitches and had a virtue that made him stand out from the rest: its ability to draw by hand beyond the center line divides the field. A gun over 50 meters that made him able to assist their peers in advantageous positions in front of goal.
Hated by many, who said he was a goalkeeper lucky that the ball was, the truth is that nobody gets to what reached Txopo If you do not have the quality that treasured in his day Iribar. Because beyond their stops are data, these figures are inexcusable that serve to objectify his career. 446 League matches, 93 the Generalissimo Cup (who won twice) Y 49 with the selection. A selection which get win Euro of 1964 (of goalkeeper) and you come to play World 1966 and Euro 1968. Anecdotal taking into account that Iribar It has been one of the few Basque sportsmen who has been in favor of Basque independence and has even reached military in political parties as HB clear trend independence.
Always black, Iribar was the goalkeeper million pesetas, that was what the Athletic paid for his transfer to Baskonia in 1962, and which he replaced the goalkeeper Carmelo Cedrún in front of the posts of San Mamés. But, especially, was the goalkeeper who marked an era with its stretched, his way of being and 17 years showing an irreproachable conduct in their favorite team, Athletic. And it is not in vain “Iribar, Iribar is cojonudo…there is none like Iribar”.