Juan Antonio Larrañaga

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Juan Antonio Larrañaga
Personal information
Full name Juan Antonio Larrañaga Gurruchaga
Date of birth (1958-07-03) 3 July 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Azpeitia, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Lagun Onak
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 San Sebastián
1980–1994 Real Sociedad 460 (15)
National team
1986–1987 Spain U21 4 (0)
1987 Spain U23 2 (0)
1988 Spain 1 (0)
* 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 Larrañaga and the second or maternal family name is Gurruchaga.

Juan Antonio Larrañaga Gurruchaga (alt.spelling Ion Andoni; born 3 July 1958 in Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

A Real Sociedad youth graduate, Larrañaga started playing as a midfielder and began his career with local CD Lagun Onak, being purchased in 1977 by the community giants. In January 1980 he made his first-team debut in the Copa del Rey, against Navarre neighbours Peña Sport FC.

Although he appeared sparingly in the 1980–81 season, as Real won the first of its two consecutive titles, Larrañaga did play in the decisive win at Sporting de Gijón in the last round, and featured in all the matches in the following campaign, adding two goals. From 1986 to 1992, he only missed two La Liga games combined.

Larrañaga retired at 36 at the end of 1993–94, having played in 460 top flight contests (589 overall, only behind Alberto Górriz). He is the only player of the league-winning sides to have played in the club's two grounds: Atotxa and Anoeta.

International career[edit]

Larrañaga received one cap for Spain, on 24 February 1988, playing the entire 1–2 friendly defeat against Czechoslovakia in Málaga. He also appeared four times four the under-21s.


After retiring Larrañaga took up coaching, but only in the lower leagues (for six years). He also appeared as a commentator for ETB 1, which lasted until the end of the 2005–06 season.

From 2006–08 Larrañaga served as the youth coordinator of his only professional club, being fired at the end of the second division campaign.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Badiola despide a Larrañaga (Badiola fires Larrañaga); Diario Vasco, 9 April 2008 (Spanish)

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