Ismael Urzaiz Aranda


Urzaiz: Master of the heading game

He represented the essence of a great striker, tall and strong, capable of unsettling opposing defences and a constant threat from set pieces.

A product of the Real Madrid academy, he never debuted with the first team but passed through the ranks of Real Madrid Castilla, Albacete, RC Celta de Vigo, Rayo Vallecano, UD Salamanca, RCD Espanyol, Athletic Club and Ajax Amsterdam.

It was at Athletic Club, a team with whom he played 11 seasons, where he completed the best years of his career. This opened the doors to the Spanish National Team, and he went on to make 25 appearances for his country.