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Javier Urruticoechea

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Full nameFrancisco Javier González Urruticoechea
Date of birth17 November 1952
Place of birthSan Sebastián, Spain
Date of death24 May 2001(age 48)
Place of deathEsplugues de Llobregat, Spain
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Francisco Javier González Urruticoechea (born 17 November 1952 in San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa - died 24 May 2001 in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona), aka Urruti, was a Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

During his time at FC Barcelona (1981 88), he became a favourite of both fans and teammates. At a club well known for goalkeepers like Ricardo Zamora, Franz Platko, Juan Velasco and Antoni Ramallets, he became a legend.

In May 2001, Urruti, aged only 48, died after his car hit the central barrier of a ring road near Barcelona. An annual golf tournament, the Trofeo Javier Urruti, is played in his honour.

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