Antón Arieta

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Antón Arieta
Personal information
Full name Antón Arieta-Araunabeña Piedra
Date of birth (1946-01-06)6 January 1946
Place of birth Durango, Spain
Date of death 7 May 2022(2022-05-07) (aged 76)
Place of death Durango, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Youth career
1960–1964 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1974 Athletic Bilbao 261 (61)
1974–1976 Hércules 44 (7)
Total 305 (68)
International career
1964 Spain B 1 (1)
1970–1972 Spain 7 (4)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Antón Arieta-Araunabeña Piedra (6 January 1946 – 7 May 2022), known as Arieta, was a Spanish


Club career

Born in Durango, Biscay, Arieta played youth football with local Athletic Bilbao. At the age of 18, he was immediately promoted from Lezama into the first team, scoring a career-best 12 goals in the 1964–65 season to help his team to the seventh position in La Liga.

During his ten-year stint at the San Mamés Stadium, Arieta appeared in 358 games in all competitions, netting 83 times.[1] He won two Copa del Rey trophies with his main club, scoring in the 1972–73 edition, won 2–0 against CD Castellón.[2]

In summer 1974, Arieta signed with Hércules CF also of the top division. After only one goal in 12 matches in his second year, he retired at the age of 30.[3]

International career

Arieta earned seven caps for Spain in 23 months.[1] His debut came on 11 February 1970, and he scored two of his four goals for his country in a 2–0 friendly win over West Germany in Seville.[4]

Personal life

Arieta's older brother, Eneko, was also a footballer and a forward. He too played for Athletic, and as the pair shared teams for two years, they were known as Arieta I and Arieta II.[5]

Arieta died on 7 May 2022, aged 76.[6]


Athletic Bilbao


  1. ^ a b "El histórico Antón Arieta fallece a los 76 años de edad" [Death of historic Antón Arieta at the age of 76]. Marca (in Spanish). 7 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  2. ^ Calvo, J. A. (30 June 1973). "2–0: No tuvo rival serio en el Castellón" [2–0: Castellón were no serious match]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ Cabot, Toni (7 May 2022). "El delantero que memorizaba el apodo de los números de la ONCE" [The forward who knew nicknames of ONCE numbers by heart]. Diario Información (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  4. ^ Pardo, Carlos (12 February 1970). "2–0: Volviendo por sus fueros España venció a Alemania" [2–0: Back-on-track Spain beat Germany]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ Artetxe, José L. (29 December 2004). "Falleció Eneko Arieta" [Eneko Arieta died]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Fallece Anton Arieta, gran goleador rojiblanco" [Death of Anton Arieta, great red-and-white scorer] (in Spanish). Athletic Club. 7 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.

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