Daniel Aranzubia

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Dani Aranzubia
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Aranzubia in 2008
Personal information
Full name Daniel Aranzubia Aguado
Date of birth (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
1993–1994 Loyola
1994–1997 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Bilbao Athletic 70 (0)
1997–1998 Baskonia 31 (0)
2000–2008 Athletic Bilbao 162 (0)
2008–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 178 (1)
2013–2014 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
National team
1995–1996 Spain U16 3 (0)
1998–1999 Spain U20 9 (0)
1999–2001 Spain U21 17 (0)
2000 Spain U23 6 (0)
2004 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aranzubia and the second or maternal family name is Aguado.

Daniel "Dani" Aranzubia Aguado (born 18 September 1979) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.

He appeared in 303 La Liga games over the course of 13 seasons, with Athletic Bilbao – in whose youth system he grew – Deportivo and Atlético Madrid.

Aranzubia represented Spain at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Born in Logroño, La Rioja, but nonetheless a product of Athletic de Bilbao's famed youth academy, Lezama, Aranzubia made his first-team debut on 10 April 2001 in a 1–3 home derby loss against Real Sociedad. After two seasons as backup to Iñaki Lafuente he emerged as the side's undisputed starter, helping it qualify to the UEFA Cup in 2004 while extending his link a further four years.[1]

After additional struggles for first-choice duties with Lafuente in the 2005–06 campaign, Aranzubia was definitely deemed surplus to requirements by the Basque after the emergence of Gorka Iraizoz, not appearing even when the first-choice was severely injured during 2007–08 (Athletic received veteran Armando on loan from Cádiz CF, and he became the starter).

Deportivo[edit]

In June 2008 Aranzubia joined Deportivo de La Coruña, helping the Galicians to the UEFA Intertoto Cup and starting throughout the entire season, save one match due to suspension. On 2 October 2008 he saved three penalties in a shootout against SK Brann in a UEFA Cup first round 2–0 home win, with Depor thus reaching the group stage.[2]

Aranzubia missed the first six games of the 2010–11 campaign due to injury, but again finished as a starter for Deportivo. On 20 February 2011 he scored with his head after a 95th minute corner kick, as his team managed a 1–1 draw at UD Almería,[3] becoming the first goalkeeper in La Liga history to score from open play.[4]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

In August 2013, Aranzubia signed for Atlético Madrid as a backup to Thibaut Courtois.[5] He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League on 11 December 2013 shortly after his 34th birthday, saving a penalty from F.C. Porto's Josué in an eventual 2–0 group stage home win.[6]

As the Belgian was unavailable due to injury, Aranzubia first played in the league with the Colchoneros on 8 February 2014, being sent off in the last minutes of an eventual 0–2 loss at Almería after fouling Jonathan Zongo in the box.[7]

International career[edit]

Aranzubia made his only appearance for Spain on 5 June 2004, in a friendly match with Andorra in Getafe. He subbed in for Santiago Cañizares, who had already replaced Iker Casillas, at the hour-mark, being then selected as third-choice for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament.[8]

Previously, Aranzubia helped the nation win the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and finish runner-up at the 2000 Summer Olympics, starting in both finals.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Deportivo
Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U20
Spain U23

Club statistics[edit]

As of 6 June 2014[10][11]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2000–01 La Liga 2 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
2001–02 8 0 8 0 0 0 16 0
2002–03 25 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
2003–04 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2004–05 37 0 1 0 4 0 42 0
2005–26 18 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
2006–07 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2007–08 10 0 6 0 0 0 16 0
Total 162 0 23 0 4 0 189 0
Deportivo 2008–09 La Liga 37 0 0 0 10 0 47 0
2009–10 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2010–11 32 1 0 0 0 0 32 1
2011–12 Segunda División 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2012–13 La Liga 35 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
Total 178 1 0 0 10 0 188 1
Atlético Madrid 2013–14 La Liga 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 0
Total 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 0
Career total 341 1 26 0 15 0 382 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aranzubia puts pen to paper; UEFA.com, 26 April 2004
  2. ^ UEFA Cup: Depor survive Brann penalty scare; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2008
  3. ^ Aranzubia to the rescue; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2011
  4. ^ Dani Aranzubía, primer portero que marca de cabeza en la Liga (Dani Aranzubía, first goalkeeper to score with head in League); 20 Minutos, 20 February 2011 (Spanish)
  5. ^ "El Atlético ficha a Dani Aranzubía" [Atlético signs Dani Aranzubía] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Unbeaten Atlético end Porto hopes". UEFA.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ádiós liderato, hola dudas" [Goodbye first place, hello doubts] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Sáez selects Spain squad; UEFA.com, 20 May 2004
  9. ^ Daniel AranzubiaFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "Aranzubia: Daniel Aranzubia Aguado". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Aranzubia". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 

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