José Ángel Ziganda

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José Ziganda
Personal information
Full name José Ángel Ziganda Lakunza
Date of birth (1966-10-01) 1 October 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Larraintzar, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Bilbao Athletic (coach)
Youth career
Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Osasuna B 12 (4)
1987–1991 Osasuna 122 (35)
1991–1998 Athletic Bilbao 255 (76)
1998–2001 Osasuna 68 (19)
Total 457 (134)
National team
1991–1994 Spain 2 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Osasuna B
2006–2008 Osasuna
2009–2010 Xerez
2011– Bilbao Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ziganda and the second or maternal family name is Lakunza.

José Ángel "Cuco" Ziganda Lakunza (born 1 October 1966) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a centre forward, and the current manager of Bilbao Athletic.

He played in 381 La Liga games over the course of 12 seasons (111 goals scored), representing Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao.

Playing career[edit]

Ziganda was born in Larraintzar, Navarre. A product of CA Osasuna's youth ranks he first appeared for his hometown's main squad on 13 December 1987, in a 0–0 home draw against CE Sabadell FC. An undisputed starter through 1989 to 1991 he scored 11 La Liga goals apiece during those seasons, thus attracting attention from neighbours Athletic Club de Bilbao.

At Athletic since the start of 1991–92, Ziganda netted 17 goals in three separate campaigns, most notably a hat-trick at Albacete Balompié on 26 May 1993 in a 5–4 win,[1] and helped the Basque side achieve a fifth place in 1994.

Ousted from Bilbao due to the emergence of Ismael Urzaiz, Ziganda returned to Osasuna in 1998, helping the club achieve promotion in 2000 and retiring after another top flight season. For his career he scored 111 league goals, 19 in the second division, nine in the UEFA Cup and six in the Copa del Rey.

Ziganda played one game for the Spanish national team, four minutes in a 0–2 friendly loss against Romania in Cáceres, on 17 April 1991.[2]

Manager career[edit]

Ziganda managed various Osasuna's youth teams, including the B-side in 2005–06 and, after Mexican Javier Aguirre (also a former club player) left Pamplona for Atlético de Madrid, he became the head coach of the main squad.

In that first season Osasuna, which had already been eliminated in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, experienced several league setbacks. However, the domestic situation gradually became better and Osasuna also reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, establishing a new club record; in the following campaign, the team finished 11th.

On 13 October 2008, as Osasuna failed to win a single game from six into the new season, scoring just two goals, Ziganda was sacked, being replaced by José Antonio Camacho.[3] In early July 2009 he became Xerez CD's new manager, after the Andalusians had just attained a first-ever top level promotion, replacing Hércules CF-bound Esteban Vigo and signing a one-year contract.

On 12 January 2010, as the club ranked last with just seven points from 17 matches, Ziganda was relieved of his duties.[4]

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