Julio Jorge Olarticoechea (1958)

Julio Jorge Olarticoechea (18 October 1958) was an Argentinian defender who briefly tried in Europe (Nantes) but was above all a mainstay in his own country and of the national team.

Olarticoechea played at three of the big five clubs in his native country; first at Racing, then at River Plate and then at Boca. After a short adventure with Nantes in France, he returned to Argentina and played at a high level until 1990, ending his career at Mandiyú.

Julio started his career at Racing Club from 1975 to 1981. He played 230 games here in which he managed to score 31 times. He was noticed by the large River Plate which earned him a transfer in 1981. Until 1984 he played 106 games (3 goals) here.

Boca Juniors was the next big club to incorporate Julio in 1984. After 44 games and 4 goals, he decided after one season to try his luck overseas at Nantes in France. This was not such a great success because despite 27 games and 3 goals, Olarticoechea returned to Argentinos Juniors on his steps.

Here the supporters could admire him for one season (25 games, 2 goals). After this he left for the club where it started for him to eventually wind down at Club Deportivo Mandiyú. (61 games, 4 goals).

He participated in three World Cups with the national team. In 1982 he was drafted in no competition. Four years later, he played all seven games and won the world title with his team against West Germany. At the 1990 World Cup he played five games. He had to miss the final against West Germany again after he received a second yellow card in the semi-final against Italy.

After retiring from professional football, Julio Jorge Olarticoechea became a manager in Talleres de Remedios de Escalada, Argentina.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

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