LThe biggest win of the First Spanish Division is now 88 years old. It took place on February 8, 1931 and it was a 12-1 that endos nothing less than Athletic to none other than Barcelona:"And I did not mark him anymore because I saw the face of his goalkeeper and I felt sorry"It was a phrase with which Agustn Sauto, known in the world of football as Bata, only closed the memory of that game, and he signed seven of the 12 goals with which the lionsthey massacred the first league champion.
Important targets, because that was a League that was played in the north: the preponderance of Barcelona and Real Madrid only came to intensify a professionalism that was then almost newborn. And in that League 1931-32 Athletic, Racing and Real finished tied to points and the title went to Botxo thanks to the general difference of goals, abysmal for an Athletic that established a new record(73 in a league of only 10 teams) and had so much advantage in that section that nothing matters that the last day fell at home to Real Unin.
In that match, in addition to the seven of Bata, also scored Gorostiza, Lafuente, Iraragorri, Garizurieta and Zabalo Barca own door, which dog is usually all fleas. For the visitors the honor went Goiburu, doing what was then 2-1.
Barracn field, attached to Lasesarre, was the one who saw the first goals of a child who was going to legend. I was born in Barakaldo, on the street of Los Fueros, on May 11, 1908. On that street there are some who were born his nickname the day he left his mother's hand with the bat (babi) that was mandatory to go to school .Others claim that the nickname of Bata earned him a day that was disguised with a schoolboy's coat and the kids of his gang baptized himwith the name that will become a legend in the Atheltic, a team that arrived in August 1929 from theBarakaldo for 4,000 pesetas and a friendly in Lasesarre.Party that was a failure because the same day of the regattas of Portugalete was fixed, spectacle greater than that year Portugalete. They won a prize of 2,500 pesetas.
"I screamed at his defenses to squeeze me, to do anything so he could not jump," explained Bata in an interview with MARCA in which he remembered his duels with the Divine. The season of his seven goals to Barcelona went to 27 in the league thanks to the 17 games he played in only five of them did not see the door. Your connection withRoberto Echevarria was such that he presumed that out of every 10 corners that the eibarrs launched, no less than three or four ended with a header from Bata to the net.
Athletic, Cup champion in 1931: Muguerza, Chirri II, Gorostiza, Blasco, Roberto, Felipe, Ispiza, Bata, Iraragorri, Careaga, Castellanos. Crouching, Garizurieta.
A team of Agustn made contacts with Madrid, but even though Bata was at the beginning his decision was Athletic, a group that was taking shape to become the one that dominated the first half of the decade of the 30 until the Civil War destroyed everything , including a team that between 1930 and 1936 had won four Leagues and four Cups.All of them in La Palma of a Bata who wore for the first time the red and white shirt against the Arenas in the field of Ibaiondo on September 8, 1929 after signing a contract of 750 pesetas a month.
The life of Bata was extinguished on August 21, 1986 in Valle de Trpaga (Vizcaya). In his last years of life he wondered why it was only once international. It was a 0-0 against Italy in San Mams in the first game after the proclamationof the Republic, but with so little time (19-4-1931) that the royal crown and the bicolor flag could not be removed from the tickets. Then he was shortlisted to play against Czechoslovakia, but with the suitcase made no one ever explained the reasons why the call was not confirmed in the end.
21 years and two days later (10-2-1952), the Barça player Ladislalo Kubala equal the Bata mark of seven goals in a match. The azulgrana genius had been stopped since the end of December because of a fracture in the first phalanx of the right foot. His return was explosive with seven goals to Sporting, of them five from minute 70, in a 9-0. With six goals leftZarra with Athletic (1950), Mundo (Valencia, 1943) and Csar (Granada, 1942).