Gorka Iraizoz

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Gorka Iraizoz
Iraizoz playing for Basque Country
Personal information
Full name Gorka Iraizoz Moreno
Date of birth (1981-03-06) 6 March 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 1
Youth career
1998–1999 Chantrea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Baskonia 20 (0)
2000–2001 Bilbao Athletic 0 (0)
2001 Gernika (loan) 14 (0)
2001–2002 Gernika 36 (0)
2002–2004 Espanyol B 59 (0)
2004–2007 Espanyol 23 (0)
2004–2005 Eibar (loan) 41 (0)
2007– Athletic Bilbao 253 (0)
National team
2006– Basque Country 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 December 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Iraizoz and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.

Gorka Iraizoz Moreno (born 6 March 1981) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a goalkeeper.

He spent most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in more than 300 official games. In La Liga he also represented Espanyol, winning one Copa del Rey with the club.

Football career[edit]

Iraizoz was born in Pamplona, Navarre. After beginning his football career with local UDC Chantrea, he moved to the Basque Country with Athletic Bilbao, serving stints with affiliates CD Baskonia and Bilbao Athletic.

Arriving at RCD Espanyol in July 2002, Iraizoz spent two seasons with its B-side, also having a loan spell at SD Eibar in the second division. He was the former's second-choice goalkeeper, behind Carlos Kameni, for the 2006–07 season, but was the regular in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup.[1][2] Despite being from Navarre, he learned to speak fluent Catalan.

On 7 August 2007 Iraizoz signed for Athletic Bilbao for 4.6 million, returning to the club he spent one 1/2 seasons with,[3] this time as the undisputed starter. However, due to a severe injury, he was left out of the squad for the second part of the campaign,[4] and his place (and shirt number) was taken by 37-year-old Armando, signed from Cádiz CF until June 2008.

In the following years, Iraizoz rarely missed a game in La Liga for Athletic. On 16 January 2010, his man-of-the-match performance helped the team hold on to its early home lead against Real Madrid, constantly denying Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo's efforts.[5]

In the opening match of 2014–15, at Málaga CF, Iraizoz appeared to score a last-minute equaliser, but the goal was disallowed, apparently incorrectly.[6]


Athletic Bilbao


  1. ^ Iraizoz hoping for career highlight; UEFA.com, 26 April 2007
  2. ^ Iraizoz 'knackered' but proud; UEFA.com, 17 May 2007
  3. ^ Athletic swoop to capture Iraizoz; UEFA.com, 7 August 2007
  4. ^ Athletic lose Iraizoz for season; UEFA.com, 18 January 2008
  5. ^ Llorente header sinks Real; ESPN Soccernet, 16 January 2010
  6. ^ "Malaga claim nervy win; Sevilla drop points to Valencia". Fox Sports. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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