Portrait photo of Olivella

Olivella captained the Spanish national side to success in 1964 in the European Championships | FCB ARCHIVE

He was a defender on a grand scale; secure, simple and with excellent positioning.

He arrived as a young player in 1956, and in the following season he formed part of Doménec Balmanya’s team which also included Vergés, Gensana and Coll. It didn’t take him long to firmly establish himself as a first team regular (42 games in his first season) at full back. Later on, apart from the season of 1963-64, he took up the role of centre back and achieved the same success.

He was captain of the Spanish national team which won the European Championships in 1964. Years later, between 1989 and 1993, he was on the board of directors with Josep Lluis Nuñez.


Seasons at the club: 1956-69
Games played: 500
Goals: 1


3 Fairs Cups (1957/58, 59/60 and 65/66)
2 Leagues: (1958/59 and 59/60)
4 Copa del Rey (56/57, 58/59, 62/63 and 67/68)