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 (age 74)
Place of birth Durango, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing 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)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Antón Arieta-Araunabeña Piedra (born 6 January 1946), known as Arieta, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

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 across all competitions, netting 83 times. He won two Copa del Rey trophies with his main club, scoring in the 1972–73 edition, won 2–0 against CD Castellón.[1]

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

International career[edit]

Arieta earned seven caps for Spain, during 23 months. 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[3]


  1. ^ "2–0: No tuvo rival serio en el Castellón" [2–0: Castellón was no serious match]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 June 1973. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ "2–0: Volviendo por sus fueros España venció a Alemania" [2–0: Back on track Spain beat Germany]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 12 February 1970. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Falleció Eneko Arieta" [Eneko Arieta died]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 December 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2016.

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