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Armando Merodio
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Full name Armando Merodio Pesquera
Date of birth (1935-08-23)23 August 1935
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Date of death 21 June 2018(2018-06-21) (aged 82)
Place of death Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1956 Barakaldo 22 (4)
1956–1963 Athletic Bilbao 88 (35)
1963–1965 Murcia 55 (13)
1965–1966 Recreativo 9 (2)
1966–1967 Indautxu 15 (3)
Total 189 (57)
National team
1953 Spain U18 4 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Armando Merodio Pesquera (23 August 1935 – 21 June 2018) was a Spanish footballer who played as a striker.

Football career

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, where his father (known as 'Txikito Gallarta') was a pelota player, Merodio's family moved back to the Basque Country when he was three years old. He started his professional career with Barakaldo CF but soon signed with Athletic Bilbao, being eligible to represent the club due to learning his football skills in the territory.

Merodio made his La Liga debut on 11 March 1956, scoring in a 2–1 home win against Atlético Madrid. His input during the season, however, was restricted to a further two games as the team won the league and also the Copa del Rey; on 16 January 1957, in the subsequent edition of the European Cup, he found the net in a 5–3 defeat of Manchester United in the quarter-finals' first leg, losing 5–6 on aggregate.

During the 1958–59 campaign, Merodio scored 11 times over four consecutive league games (Athletic won 9–0, 9–0, 8–1 and 7–0). He eventually left the club in 1963 with 104 official appearances and 39 goals, joining Real Murcia also in the top division, playing there for two seasons and suffering relegation in his second.

Merodio closed out his career in 1967 at nearly 32, after one-year spells in the second level with Recreativo de Huelva and SD Indautxu, the latter also in the Basque region. He died on 21 June 2018 in Bilbao, aged 82.


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