José Antonio Latorre Beaskoetxea, better known as „Txato Latorre“, was a Spanish football player who was born in Zorrotza, Biscay, Spain on 1 December 1941. He played as a forward in most of the teams he played for, but he also played as a winger.
When he was young he played for his hometown team, Zorrota Football Club. Athletic Bilbao signed him as a youth and when he was 19 he first played in the First League of Spain. He completed 7 matches and scored one goal. In 1961, when he was 20, he played 16 matches and scored 3 goals. In the 1963/64 season he scored only one goal but the goal was the 2000th in the history of the club in the 14th league day against Real Valladolid in the 88th minute. The worst season for him as a player of Athletic Bilbao was in 1964 because he didn’t play any match. He decided to go to Indautxu Footbal Club in winter to end the season. There, he played 11 matches and scored 4 goals. When he returned to Athletic in 1965 he didn’t play any match. He moved to Sabadell Football Club for the next 3 years where he didn’t scored any goal and he only played 900 minutes.
After this, he absolutely left football to work as an engineer for the next 30 years.
Besides this, 50 years ago, the football players didn’t win as much money as now and they were obligated to work or study after their football career. José Antonio had been studying a career at the same time as he played football in professionals. Concretely, he had been studying engineer degree.
José Antonio Latorre