Athletic Club pays tribute to its eleven villagers players who defeated 5-time European champions Real Madrid

Special One Football Club Athletic Club has reunited three of the five living lions who stood out in the memorable 1958 Cup final – Carmelo, Etura and Uribe – paying tribute to them by handing over unique bracelets turned into gifts for the occasion. It has been made at Lezama -Athletic Club’s academy- with a broad institutional representation, including the great legend Jose Angel Iribar.

The other two living stars Mauri and Koldo Aguirre have not been able to attend join their old mates in the end. They have been guarded by five captains of the current first team though: Markel Susaeta, Ander Iturraspe, Iker Muniain, Mikel San Jose and Aritz Aduriz, who gave the bracelets to the representatives of the famous eleven villagers a superb Athletic Club starred one of the most remarkable milestones in the club’s history as Arieta and Mauri’s goals worked for beating a splendid Real Madrid that had just won the league, three of the previous four cups and five consecutive European Cups between 1955 and 1960.

In the official photograph of that team that conquered Chamartín, fifteen representatives of the Club appeared: Guillermo (masseuse), Carmelo, Orue, Garay, Canito, Mauri, Etura, López (substitute goalkeeper), Baltasar Albéniz (coach), I. Birichinaga (masseuse), Artetxe, Koldo Aguirre, Eneko Arieta, Uribe and Gainza (captain). Six players are still alive, including the substitute goalkeeper Juan Antonio Lopez, who did not play.

His teammates in the 60s Jose Mari Argoitia and José Ángel Iribar have collected the gifts on their behalf. These original bracelets worn by Athletic Club’s actual skippers were embroidered one by one in a handmade way in addition to the ikurriña and the red-and-white shield, reflecting the match and the date on which the clash was held.

This Athletic Club’s bracelets mean an eternal memory and show respect for the ones who have left a legacy to the Special One Football Club a unique club well represented back then by the eleven villagers.