Javier Escalza Ellakuria (10 December 1952 – 16 November 2007) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defender.

Javier Escalza
Personal information
Full name Javier Escalza Ellakuria
Date of birth (1952-12-10)10 December 1952
Place of birth Arrankudiaga, Spain
Date of death 16 November 2007(2007-11-16) (aged 54)
Place of death Getxo, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Villosa
1972–1973 Barakaldo 24 (1)
1973–1980 Athletic Bilbao 162 (0)
1980–1983 Español 92 (2)
1983–1984 Sabadell
1984–1987 Sestao 37 (0)
National team
1978 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Arrankudiaga, Biscay, Escalza began playing with amateurs CD Villosa, returning to organized football only two years later with Barakaldo CF in Segunda División. In the following summer, aged 21, he joined Basque giants Athletic Bilbao, making his La Liga debut on 27 April 1974 in a 0–1 away loss against UD Las Palmas, his only appearance of the season.

From there onwards, Escalza became an undisputed starter for the Lions:[1] in the 1976–77 campaign he played 51 official games as the team finished in third position in the league and reached the UEFA Cup final, losing on the away goals rule to Juventus FC.

Escalza left Athletic in June 1980, having appeared in 207 matches all competitions comprised (one goal in the Copa del Rey).[2] He subsequently joined fellow top level side RCD Español, being first-choice over the course of three seasons, and finished his career at the age of nearly 36 after one year with CE Sabadell FC and three with Sestao Sport Club (two seasons in Segunda División B, another two in the second level).

International careerEdit

Escalza won one cap with Spain, on 8 November 1978 in a 0–1 loss with France. Additionally, he played three times with the Basque Country regional team.


Escalza died on 16 November 2007 in Getxo, less than one month before celebrating his 55th birthday.[2]


  1. ^ "Los cachorros son casi leones" [The pups are almost lions] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 23 May 1975. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Fallece Javier Escalza, ex defensa internacional (Javier Escalza, former international defender, dies); Marca, 16 November 2007 (in Spanish)

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