Zubizarreta, new technical director
Andoni Zubizarreta, one of the finest goalkeepers in FC Barcelona history, will be the new technical director of the professional football department. His former team-mate, Guillermo Amor, will be the technical director of the youth teams.
FC Barcelona’s organigram is set to be restructured into professional and youth departments.
The former’s technical director will be Andoni Zubizarreta while Narcís Julià will be
technical secretary. The latter’s technical director will be Guillermo Amor and Albert Puig
will be technical secretary. Both Zubizarreta and Amor are former FCB players and have experience
in such positions at Athletic Bilbao and in the Barça offices.
Zubizarreta: 48 years old, ex-keeper and with experience at Bilbao
Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta, the new technical secretary, was born 48 years ago in Vitoria and
was one of the lynchpins of the Dream Team. He started out at Alaves, and then made the leap to the
top flight with Athletic Club.
Aged just 20 years, Zubizarreta took over as goalkeeper at Athletic Club from Javier
Clemente. In five seasons in Bilbao, he won two Leagues, one Copa del Rey and one Spanish Super
Cup. In summer 1986 he moved to Barcelona as the substitute for Urruti and won a Zamora title.
As FCB goalkeeper, he won the European Cup, four Ligas in a row, two Copas del Rey, one Cup
Winners Cup and three Super Cups in eight years. After the 4-0 defeat to Milan in the 1994
Champions League final, Johan Cruyff decided to offload the Basque stopper, who went on to spend
four years at Valencia. Zubizarreta is the most capped Spanish international ever, with 126
Three years after hanging up his boots, Andoni Zubizarreta moved into an office job at
Athletic Club. He was director of sport at the club for three seasons from 2001 to 2004.
Andoni Zubizarreta loves the game and has always been associated to it. In recent years he
has been working as a columnist for ‘El País’ and analyst for TVE. This means he has
stayed well in touch with Barça and attended such occasions as the finals in Rome and Abu Dhabi. It
is clear from these trips that Zubizarreta has an excellent relationship with Guardiola.
Amor: 42 years, ex-player and experience with Barça youth teams
Guillermo Amor (4 December,
1967, Benidorm) is the man who has won the most honours as an FC Barcelona player. He was a
first-choice midfielder at the Camp Nou and for Spain. Amor was in the FCB first team for 11
seasons. It was he who scored the 4000th goal in club history, and he has made the fourth highest
number of appearances for the club (421).
Once he had left the club he holds dear in his heart, he spent a couple of seasons at
Fiorentina, then three at Vila-Real and few months at Livingston in Scotland.
He went on to work in a new capacity for FC Barcelona. From 2003 to 2007 he ran the youth
football section, and is now back as technical director.