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Juan Arza Iñigo (12 June 1923 – 17 July 2011) was a Spanish football forward and manager.

Juan Arza
Personal information
Full name Juan Arza Iñigo
Date of birth (1923-06-12)12 June 1923
Place of birth Estella, Spain
Date of death 17 July 2011(2011-07-17) (aged 88)
Place of death Seville, Spain
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1942 Alavés
1942–1943 Málaga
1943–1959 Sevilla 349 (182)
1959–1960 Atlético Almería 19 (2)
National team
1954 Spain B 1 (0)
1947–1952 Spain 2 (0)
Teams managed
1960–1961 Bollullos
1962–1964 Andalusia (youth)
1964–1965 Linense
1966 Sevilla
1967 Sevilla
1968–1969 Sevilla
1970–1972 Celta
1972–1973 Sevilla
1973–1974 Celta
1975–1976 Cádiz
1977–1978 Deportivo La Coruña
1980 Celta
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent the majority of his career with Sevilla, appearing in 414 official games over the course of 16 La Liga seasons (207 goals, best-ever in the club's history[1]), and also managed his main team on several occasions.

Club careerEdit

Born in Estella-Lizarra, Navarre, Arza's first club was hometown's CD Izarra. He moved to neighbouring Deportivo Alavés in the Basque Country subsequently, then to CD Málaga, staying one year with the latter team.

In 1943, aged 20, Arza continued in Andalusia and joined Sevilla FC, where he had his most enduring and successful spell, scoring a hat-trick on his official debut, a 5–2 home win against CE Sabadell FC on 26 September, and netting 57 goals in his first four seasons combined – in 1946 the club won its first ever La Liga championship, with the player contributing with 14.

Dubbed El Niño de Oro ("The Golden Boy"),[1] Arza scored a career-best 29 goals in the 1954–55 season, good enough for his first and only Pichichi Trophy.[2] After only seven games in the 1959–60 campaign the 36-year-old left Sevilla to join Atlético Almería, and retired a year later.[3]

Arza went on to coach his main team as an interim on several occasions, not being able to prevent top flight relegation in 1968 after 12 games in charge. He also worked with the club as match delegate in the 80s and 90s[1] and, as a coach, was also at the helm of RC Celta de Vigo (five separate seasons, four in the top division).

International careerEdit

Arza made two appearances for Spain in five years, in as many friendlies. His debut was on 2 March 1947 against the Republic of Ireland, in a 2–3 loss in Dublin.


Arza died in Seville on 17 July 2011, at the age of 88.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Fallece Juan Arza, máximo goleador de la historia del Sevilla" [Juan Arza, Sevilla's top goalscorer in history, dies]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 July 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Spain – List of Topscorers ("Pichichi") 1929–2015". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Juan Arza: la historia interminable" [Juan Arza: the neverending story] (in Spanish). Orgullo de Nervión. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2011.

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