With Orizaola in charge, the team reached the final of the European Cup, which was played that year in Bern, Switzerland on 31 May. After the so-called 'Final of the Cursed Posts', which Barça lost to Benfica, 3-2, the re-building of the team began. Unpopular decisions were taken, such as letting Kubala go and new players like Pesudo and Pereda were signed. Lluís Miró was to become the new coach.
In 1983 Orizaola returned to FC Barcelona as a member of the coaching staff, coordinatiing the scouting network.