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 Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Striker
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)
National team
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 footballer who played as a striker.

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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