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Pichichi

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRafael "Pichichi"•Moreno Aranzadi
Used name•Pichichi
Other namesRafael Moreno Arantzadi, Pitxitxi
Born23 May 1892 in Bilbao, Vizcaya (ESP)
Died1 March 1922 in Bilbao, Vizcaya (ESP)
Measurements154 cm
AffiliationsAthletic Club, Bilbao (ESP)
NOC(s) Spain

Biography

Pichichi, which means goalgetter, was born in the Basque Country and was a one-club man as he played only for the Athletic Club in Bilbao. The nephew of the Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno started his career in 1911 and become one of the first great strikers in Spain. His brand was to wear a white scarf on his head and he played in six Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) finals and was on the winning team in 1914-16 and 1921. In addition he also won five Campeonato Regional del Norte (North Championship) titles. Pichichi played in 89 Cup and regional championship matches and scored 78 goals before retiring in 1921.

During the 1920 Olympics he was in the line-up of the first-ever Spanish international match against Denmark. He earned all his five caps when he participated in all matches during the 1920 Games and scored one goal. In 1921 after the end of his active career he tried to establish a career as football referee, but he died of typhus only one year later, aged only 29. In 1926 a bust was founded in the San Mamés Stadium of Bilbao and in 1953 the Spanish newspaper Marca created the Pichichi Trophy, which is awarded every year to the top scorer of the Spanish league.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Football (Football) Football, Men Olympic Spain 2 Silver Representing Spain