Manuel Iturra

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Manuel Iturra
Personal information
Full name Manuel Rolando Iturra Urrutia
Date of birth (1984-06-23) 23 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Temuco, Chile
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
Universidad Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Universidad Chile 216 (6)
2011–2012 União Leiria 11 (0)
2011–2012 Murcia (loan) 35 (1)
2012–2013 Málaga 25 (0)
2013– Granada 64 (1)
National team
2005– Chile 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Iturra and the second or maternal family name is Urrutia.

Manuel Rolando Iturra Urrutia (born 23 June 1984) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Granada CF as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Temuco, Iturra made his top division debuts with Club Universidad de Chile in 2003, aged 19. He proceeded to be a first-team regular from his second season onwards, helping La U to the 2004 and 2009 Apertura tournaments.

In January 2011 Iturra was loaned to U.D. Leiria in Portugal,[1] making his top level debut on 12 February by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against C.D. Nacional. He started in all but one of the league games he featured in for the club as it eventually finished in tenth position and, at the end on the season, signed on a permanent basis.

For 2011–12 Iturra joined Real Murcia in the Spanish second division, on loan.[2] After appearing heavily during the campaign he returned to Leiria, where he had his contract terminated.

On 28 August 2012, free agent Iturra became the first summer signing of Málaga CF, as a direct replacement for Enzo Maresca who had signed for U.C. Sampdoria a few days before.[3] He made his official debut on 18 September in the club's first-ever UEFA Champions League group stage match, coming on as a half-time substitute for Francisco Portillo in a 3–0 home win over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[4]

On 16 January 2013 Iturra scored his first goal for Málaga, profiting from a defensive scramble to put the visitors ahead at the Camp Nou against FC Barcelona, in an eventual 2–2 draw for the season's Copa del Rey (4–6 aggregate loss).[5]

International career[edit]

Iturra made his debut for Chile on 18 August 2005, against Peru. On 24 May of the following year, he scored the game's only goal in a friendly match with the Republic of Ireland.[6]

Iturra represented the nation at the 2007 Copa América in Venezuela, helping it to the quarterfinals.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 May 2006 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–0 Win Friendly


  1. ^ "Portugal/ Official, União Leiria signed Iturra". Transfermarketweb. 10 January 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "El Murcia ficha al centrocampista internacional chileno Manuel Iturra" [Murcia signs Chilean international midfielder Manuel Iturra]. ABC (in Spanish). 19 August 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "El fichaje más barato del jeque" [The sheikh's cheapest signing]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Magical Málaga make it a debut to remember". 18 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Malaga equalizer jolts Barca at Camp Nou". ESPN FC. 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rep of Ireland 0–1 Chile". BBC Sport. 24 May 2006. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 

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