Andoni Iraola

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Andoni Iraola
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Iraola playing for Athletic Bilbao
Personal information
Full name Andoni Iraola Sagarna
Date of birth (1982-06-22) 22 June 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Usurbil, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Athletic Bilbao
Number 15
Youth career
1998–1999 Antiguoko
1999–2000 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Baskonia 35 (4)
2001–2003 Bilbao Athletic 75 (15)
2003– Athletic Bilbao 380 (32)
National team
2001 Spain U18 1 (0)
2003 Spain U21 1 (0)
2008– Spain 7 (0)
2003– Euskadi 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 15 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 December 2012

Andoni Iraola Sagarna (Basque pronunciation: [anˈdoni iɾaˈola saˈɣarna]; born 22 June 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, as a right back.

Combative and with good passing skills, he spent his entire professional career with Athletic Bilbao.[1]

Club career[edit]

Iraola was born in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa. A product of Athletic Bilbao's youth system, Lezama, he made his debuts with the first team in the 2003–04 season, becoming an instant first-choice while often taking Athletic's penalties and free kicks. On 30 August 2003 he made his first La Liga appearance, starting in a 0–1 home loss against FC Barcelona.[2]

During his spell Iraola never played in fewer than 30 league matches, while also helping the Basque club qualify for the 2004–05 UEFA Cup and finish second in the 2009 Copa del Rey; like former club legend Aitor Larrazábal he also contributed with goals, scoring at least once in every season.

On 28 January 2007 Iraola scored twice in a 2–0 away win against neighbours Real Sociedad, who were finally relegated – Athletic narrowly avoided the drop, ranking in 17th position.[3] 2012–13 marked the first campaign where he failed to find the net in the league, but he continued to be club's automatic first-choice in his position as he featured in 35 games; his only goal of the campaign came on 24 August 2012 in a 6–0 home routing of HJK Helsinki for the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League (9–3 on aggregate).[4]

On 4 December 2013 Iraola renewed his contract with the club, keeping him at the San Mamés until 30 June 2015.[5]

International career[edit]

On 20 August 2008, Iraola was called by new Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for a friendly with Denmark, alongside teammate Fernando Amorebieta. He entered the pitch in the final 15 minutes of the 3–0 away success, subbing in for Sergio Ramos.

On 29 March 2011, after nearly one-and-a-half years without playing for the national team, Iraola started in a 3–1 win against Lithuania in Kaunas for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers.[6] He was due to make the cut for the final squad, but injury forced him out in favor of Atlético Madrid's Juanfran.[7]

Honours[edit]

Athletic Bilbao

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 December 2013[8]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[9] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Baskonia 2000–01 35 4 35 4
Total 35 4 35 4
Bilbao Athletic 2001–02 38 5 38 5
2002–03 37 10 37 10
Total 75 15 75 15
Athletic Bilbao 2003–04 30 5 1 0 31 5
2004–05 34 4 7 1 8 1 49 6
2005–06 38 3 4 0 42 3
2006–07 35 5 2 0 37 5
2007–08 36 1 5 1 41 2
2008–09 33 6 8 0 41 6
2009–10 37 2 2 0 11 0 2 0 52 2
2010–11 37 4 4 0 41 4
2011–12 35 1 9 0 15 0 59 1
2012–13 34 0 1 0 7 1 30 1
2013–14 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 365 32 43 2 41 2 2 0 450 36
Career totals 485 50 43 2 41 2 2 0 570 55

References[edit]

Infobox club statistics

General

  1. ^ Iraola, sin fin (Iraola, without limits); El País, 20 February 2011 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Athletic Bilbao 0–1 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2003
  3. ^ Real Sociedad 0–2 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 28 January 2007
  4. ^ "Bielsa delighted as Athletic get back on track". UEFA.com. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Andoni Iraola’s renewal". Athletic Bilbao. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Mata the catalyst as Spain win in Lithuania; UEFA.com, 29 March 2011
  7. ^ Negredo, Jordi Alba y Juanfran, tres caras nuevas para tres necesidades (Negredo, Jordi Alba and Juanfran, three new faces for three needs); Goal.com, 28 May 2012 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Official site statistics
  9. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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