Julen Guerrero (born January 7, 1974 in Portugalete,
Vizcaya) is a Basque football player who has played for Athletic
Bilbao since 1992.
When he was 18, Guerrero won the Spanish League and Cup for
players under 19 with the Athletic Bilbao junior team. Jupp
Heynckes relied on him to play for the senior team in 1992, and
Julen became the "Lezama's pearl". He had the opportunity to
sign up with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Italian clubs, but
decided to stay in the Basque Country with his friends, his
people and his loved club, wearing the number '8'.
Guerrero played for Spain in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.