Jose Angel, the “Txopo”, Iribar, one of the greats of the goal Athletic
For many, Iribar has been the best goalkeeper in the history of Athletic Bilbao. 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 from the Athletic goal: José Ángel Iribar, the “Txopo”. A myth for bilbaino box, thanks among other things, their 18 seasons at Atletico and 614 official matches.
El Txopo Iribar, one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Spain
Born in Zarauz, town in neighboring Guipúzcoa a 1 March 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 the selection. A team with which he would win the Euro of 1964 (of goalkeeper) and you come to play World 1966 and Euro 1968. Something anecdotal if one takes 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.
The man who wore black
Always black, Iribar was the goalkeeper million pesetas, that was what the Athletic paid for his transfer to Baskonia in 1962, and also the goalkeeper who replaced Carmelo Cedrún in front of the three sticks 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”.