Illarramendi playing with Spain U21s in 2013
|Full name||Asier Illarramendi Andonegi|
|Date of birth||8 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Mutriku, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|2008–2011||Real Sociedad B||93||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:37, 22 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
A product of local Real Sociedad's youth system, Illarramendi was born in Mutriku, Gipuzkoa, and he spent the vast majority of his first four senior seasons with the B-team, contributing with 27 games and two goals in 2009–10 as the Basque returned to Segunda División B after one year out. On 19 June 2010, in the last day of the Segunda División campaign, as the first team had already sealed its promotion to La Liga as champions, he made his first official appearance, in a 1–4 away loss against Elche CF.
On 23 January 2011 Illarramendi made his top division debut, in a 1–2 loss at Villarreal CF. The following month, he first appeared as a starter playing the full 90 minutes in another away defeat (1–4 against RCD Espanyol); the bulk of the season was spent, however, with the reserves in level three.
On 12 July 2013, Illarramendi signed a six-year contract with giants Real Madrid for a fee of €32.2 million, the highest amount paid by the club for a Spanish player. He made his official debut on 14 September by starting in a 2–2 away draw against Villarreal, and scored his first goal on 18 December in a 2–0 home win over CD Olímpic de Xàtiva for the season's Copa del Rey (also the aggregate score).
Illarramendi helped Spain reach the final of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, featuring in all games but one. He missed one of the penalties in the final shootout, which allowed Nigeria to lift the trophy.
Illarramendi gained 16 caps for the under-21 team in two years. He represented the side at the 2013 UEFA European Football Championship in Israel, being first-choice as the nation won the competition and being selected in the Team of the Tournament.
- Spain U21
- Spain U17
Correct as of 26 February 2014
- "Jorge Molina marca los cuatro goles y acaba 'pichichi' de la división de plata" [Jorge Molina scores all four goals to end silver category 'pichichi'] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- «Ojo a Illarra y a Albistegi» («Keep your eye on Illarra and Albistegi»); Diario Vasco, 20 June 2010 (Spanish)
- Rossi shines in Yellow Submarine victory; ESPN Soccernet, 23 January 2011
- Espanyol rally to beat Real; ESPN Soccernet, 26 February 2011
- "La Real Sociedad tampoco falla ante el Sevilla F.C." [Real Sociedad does not fail against Sevilla F.C. as well] (in Spanish). Viva Fútbol. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Asier Illarramendi, Real Madrid's new player". Real Madrid's official website. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Real Madrid reveal €32.19 million Illarra fee". Goal.com. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Producto nacional a precio 'galáctico'" [National product at 'galáctico' prices] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Bale's debut goal not enough". ESPN FC. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- "El Madrid cumple con su tarea" [Madrid does its job] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- "Spain-Nigeria 0:0 a.e.t. 0:3 PSO". UEFA.com. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA.com. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- Asier Illarramendi at ESPN FC
- Real Sociedad official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Asier Illarramendi – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile