AthleticThe lions were brilliant in their twentieth title at the expense of Real Madrid European champion
TOLifting the trophy as he was carried on the shoulders of his companions.Piru Gainza was the captain who lifted the 58 Cup, which ‘The 11 villagers’ beat Real Madridat the Bernabéu. The Whites, who had doubled in the League and European Cup, hoped to sign a devastating treble. Until Athletic crossed his path. Was amemorable triumph for freezing a team that has just proclaimed itself champion of Europe, but let no one believe that Athletic was a minor rival. Accustomed to the Cup titles, it was the twentieth time that he came out champion, the lions came from having been a couple of campaigns behind League and Cup champion. The nickname of 11 villagers remainedSpectacular to decorate a club that lived on its quarry and the environment, but footballically it was a spectacular team, dotted with internationals, and with Piru Gainza with the baton.
The Bernabéu lived the last cupbearing title ofPiru, a great footballer from Basurida who for many years was the player who wore the red and white most of the time (494 games) and who, having been relieved of that weight, is now Iribar who heads this particular classification in Athletic, maintains the honor of being the player who more times he has won the Cup than all those who have participated in the tournament. Piruhe won seven Cup trophies in the 9 finals he played. There is no one like him in the entire history of a competitionthat saves you as an outstanding player in another statistical section:in the 1947 edition he scored 8 goals in a tie against Celtathat the lions won 12-1.
TheGainza’s 21 campaigns in the rojiblanco first team had an extraordinary climaxwith a Cup title that went around the world because that was Di Stéfano’s Real Madrid. The basuriter said goodbye to football the following season, althoughIt didn’t take long for him to return to the front line as a coach. He directed the first team of the lions but his greatest work was in the quarry, where among other merits he stood out asa clever talent hunter. The last League and Cup titles with Javier Clemente on the bench caught himcarrying out different tasks in Lezama. “Guys, you don’t know what you’ve done,” he told the first-team players when they won the first of their two consecutive titles in Las Palmas. He enjoyed those championships as if they were his own.
That special sense of smell to detect talent among the many footballers who passed before their eyessurely they had led him to notice Chus Pereda, who was one of the rivals he faced in the Bernabéu final. Pereda, a native of the Burgos town of Medina de Pomar, the cradle of many Atletico fans, was a striker whocaught your attention in the Indautxu, with the field a few hundred meters from old San Mamés, and that after two years in Bilbao he signed for the white team. Athletic had him on the radar, buthe gave up his transfer when he learned that he was not Basque. So, unlike now, Athletic only allowed footballers born in the Basque Country to play in the club, a rule that over time became more flexible including those who have trained in some Basque youth academy. According to this nuance, Pereda perhaps could have played for Athletic becausearrived at Indautxu in youth category. Pereda left Real Madrid to sign for Valladolid, from there he went two years to Seville andhis best years were in Barcelona, club for which he played eight seasons.
June 29, 1958
Athletic: Carmelo, Orue, Garay, Canito, Mauri, Etura, Artetxe, Koldo Aguirre, Eneko Arieta, Uribe, Gainza
Real Madrid:Alonso, Atienza, Santamaría, Lesmes, Santisteban, Zarraga, Joseíto, Mateos, Di Stéfano, Rial, Pereda
Goals: 1-0 20 ‘Arieta; 2-0 23 ‘Mauri