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Football: 'Butcher of Bilbao' takes charge of Guinea

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Andoni Goikoetxea, renowned in his playing days as "the Butcher from Bilbao", has been appointed coach of the Equatorial Guinea national team, the west African country's football association announced on Sunday.

Goikoetxea, an uncompromising Basque central defender and Spannish international, earned his nickname for a particularly crunching challenge on Diego Maradona which shattered the Argentine's ankle ligaments in a league game between Barcelona and Goikoetxea's Athletic Bilbao in 1983.

He was also responsible for a serious knee injury to Bernd Schuster, from which the German never recovered entirely recovered as a player.

Goikoetxea, 56, replaces Brazilian Gilson Paulo, sacked last week.

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