Imanol Agirretxe

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Imanol Agirretxe
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Personal information
Full name Imanol Agirretxe Arruti
Date of birth (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Usurbil, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 9
Youth career
Antiguoko
2001–2003 Athletic Bilbao
2003–2004 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Real Sociedad B 110 (33)
2005– Real Sociedad 188 (50)
2007 Castellón (loan) 8 (1)
National team
2003 Spain U16 3 (4)
2004–2005 Spain U17 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Agirretxe and the second or maternal family name is Arruti.

Imanol Agirretxe Arruti (born 24 February 1987 in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as a striker.

Football career[edit]

A product of Real Sociedad's youth system, Agirretxe first appeared with the first team in the 2004–05 campaign, amassing three substitute appearances – during his second, a 1–3 home loss against Málaga CF on 15 May 2005, he managed to score after just 16 minutes on the pitch.[1] In the following three seasons combined, however, he only appeared in nine league matches, and also served a six-month loan spell at CD Castellón in the second division.

In 2008–09's second level, Agirretxe appeared regularly for the first time (mainly due to the serious injury to Iñigo Díaz de Cerio[2]), and netted nine goals in 28 games, but the Basque again failed to return to La Liga.

Again mainly a backup after the signing on loan of Uruguayan Carlos Bueno, he scored six in the following campaign, in 36 matches, as Real finally promoted as champions. In the 2011–12 season, following Raúl Tamudo's departure and the continuous physical problems that bothered Joseba Llorente, he was finally made first-choice, and netted three goals in his first two league games: two against Sporting de Gijón in a 2–1 away win[3] and one against FC Barcelona, helping the hosts come from behind 0–2 for an eventual 2–2 draw;[4] he finished the campaign with ten successful strikes, only trailing Carlos Vela in the squad.

On 19 January 2013 Agirretxe came from the bench for the last six minutes of a home fixture against Barcelona, and scored in the last minute to help Real Sociedad seal a 3–2 comeback (they trailed 0–2 in the 40th minute) and end the Catalans' unbeaten domestic run.[5] At the season's end he again finished second in team scoring (13), again only behind the Mexican.[6][7]

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