Zubizarreta (Vitoria, 1961) was one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history not only of FC Barcelona, but of Spanish football in general
Portrait of Zubizarreta
- Seasons with the club: 1986-94 - Matches played: 490 - Goals conceded: 435 - Titles: 1 European Cup (1991/92) 1 Cup Winners Cup (1988/89) 1 European Super Cup (1992) 4 Leagues (1990/91, 91/92, 92/93 and 93/94) 2 Copa del Rey (1987/88 and 89/90) 2 Spanish Super Cups (1991 and 1992) 2 Copa Catalunya (1990/91 and 92/93)
He had an amazing career, winning 126 international caps and playing at 4 World Cups and 2 European Championships, and he holds the record for the most games played in the Spanish first division in his time at Athletic Bilbao, Barça and Valencia (588).
He had many qualities, including his level-headedness and superb positioning between the sticks. In 1986 he joined FC Barcelona as a replacement for the legendary Urruti. He was the mainstay of the famous 'Dream Team' and was, along with Koeman, the hero of the Wembley final with a series of miraculous, decisive interventions. Known as 'Zubi', he was also captain of the club for several seasons, and was noted both on and off the pitch for his serenity and psychological balance, which he was constantly able to transmit to the other players in order to get through the most difficult of match situations.
He has been the FC Barcelona technical director of professional football since 2010.