The official website for European football

Guerrero says goodbye at Athletic

Published: Tuesday 11 July 2006, 18.54CET
Former Spain midfielder Julen Guerrero has retired from football after 14 seasons with Athletic Club Bilbao that yielded nearly 400 league appearances.

UEFA.com features

Talents out to shine in UEFA Champions League
  • Talents out to shine in UEFA Champions League
  • Bulgarian keepers' best European displays
  • Jelić soaring after five-star debut for Rad
  • Newcomers Eibar make coach Garitano proud
  • Balzan ambition helping Malta
  • Shaw's Spanish journey aids Perth
  • Bundesliga preview ... are Bayern beatable?
  • Who are  FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk?
  • Kazakh clubs' greatest European nights
  • See your favourite Steaua moments
1 of 10
Published: Tuesday 11 July 2006, 18.54CET

Guerrero says goodbye at Athletic

Former Spain midfielder Julen Guerrero has retired from football after 14 seasons with Athletic Club Bilbao that yielded nearly 400 league appearances.

Julen Guerrero has called time on his long career with Athletic Club Bilbao at an emotional press conference in the Basque city.

Long-term commitment
The midfielder retires from the game after 14 seasons in the Athletic first team which harvested 101 goals in 372 Primera División appearances. The 32-year-old was captain of the club he joined at the age of eight and for whom he made his debut in September 1992. In 1995, as an in-demand Spanish international, Guerrero signed a long-term contract with Athletic which was due to expire next summer.

'Tough decision'
However, after managing only four league starts last term, he said today: "I have thought about it during the holidays and I think it is the right time to go. Given the circumstances – and I think the situation is improving at Athletic – I think it is in the club's interests. But it has been a tough decision to make." Guerrero will now work as a coach in the Athletic youth system. The elegant playmaker scored 13 goals in 41 matches for Spain, including at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. He was last capped in October 2000.

Last updated: 11/07/06 18.55CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/news/newsid=435946.html#guerrero+says+goodbye+athletic

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.