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José Francisco Rojo

Txetxu Rojo
Personal information
Full nameJosé Francisco Rojo Arroitia
Date of birth (1947-01-28) 28 January 1947 (age 67)
Place of birthBilbao, Spain
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing positionForward
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
1965Bilbao Athletic3(5)
1965–1982Athletic Bilbao413(48)
National team
1965Spain U181(1)
1969–1970Spain U233(0)
Teams managed
1986–1989Bilbao Athletic
1989–1990Athletic Bilbao
2000–2001Athletic Bilbao
2003–2004Rayo Vallecano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rojo and the second or maternal family name is Arroitia.

José Francisco 'Txetxu' Rojo Arroitia (born 28 January 1947) is a retired Spanish footballer and coach.

During his career, the forward played solely for Athletic Bilbao, in a professional career which spanned nearly 20 years. He was one of the club's most iconic players, alongside goalkeeper José Ángel Iribar,[1] and later also worked as a coach with the team.

Club career

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Rojo joined local giants Athletic Club de Bilbao's youth ranks at an early age. In 1965, he started playing for its reserves but, after only three appearances, was promoted to the first team, and stayed there until his professional retirement, 17 years later.[2]

Rojo made his La Liga debut on 26 September 1965 in a game against Córdoba CF, a 1–0 away loss, and helped Athletic to two Spanish Cups. He played a total of 414 games in the Spanish topflight, becoming the player with the second-most appearances in the Basque side's history, only behind goalkeeper José Ángel Iribar.

In 1982, aged 35, Rojo retired from football, beginning a coaching career. A testimonial match was held in his honour, with Athletic Bilbao hosting the English national team. His first manager experience would be with Bilbao Athletic, and he was promoted to first-team duties for the 1989–90 campaign, being sacked in the final months.

After a four-year spell at Celta de Vigo, achieving promotion to the top level in his second season, Rojo returned to the second division for the following three years, coaching CA Osasuna and UE Lleida.

In 1997–98, he was appointed at UD Salamanca, helping the modest outfit retain its first division status. The following year he joined Real Zaragoza, leading it to the fourth place in the 1999–2000 season – with the club failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League only because the fifth-placed team, Real Madrid, won the season's most important European trophy – which earned him a return to his main team, Bilbao.

After only one season, Rojo moved back to Zaragoza, being replaced by Luis Costa on 22 January 2002 after a 2–4 away loss against Sevilla FC,[3] and ultimately being relegated from the top level. He then took a sabbatical year, subsequently joining Rayo Vallecano in division two, and again dropping down a category.

International career

Rojo played 18 times for Spain, his debut coming on 26 March 1969, in a friendly game with against Switzerland held in Valencia.

During his nine years as an international, he scored three goals, but never took part in any major international tournament.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 April 1970 La Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland   Switzerland 0–1 0–1 Friendly
2. 24 November 1971 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 7–0 7–0 Euro 1972 qualifying
3. 16 February 1972 Boothferry Park, Hull, England  Northern Ireland 0–1 1–1 Euro 1972 qualifying


Athletic Bilbao

See also


External links

  • BDFutbol player profile
  • BDFutbol coach profile
  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • National team data (Spanish)
  • Txetxu Rojo at
  • FIFA competition record
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