|Full name||Ander Garitano Urkizu|
|Date of birth||26 February 1969|
|Place of birth||Derio, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Derio, Biscay, Garitano began his professional career at local powerhouse Athletic Bilbao. After appearing twice in the closing stages of 1987–88 he quickly imposed himself as a first-choice player with good free kick skills, scoring 35 La Liga goals during nine seasons; on 12 March 1988, two weeks after his 19th birthday, he made his official debut, starting in a 0–5 away loss against Real Madrid.
Garitano moved to Real Zaragoza in 1996, and played there until his retirement in 2002, appearing in a further 147 league games and netting 15 times. He was still regularly used the Aragonese side's 2000–01 victorious run in the Copa del Rey, and finally retired in the following summer at 33 – Zaragoza suffered top flight relegation – with more than 500 official matches to his credit; from 1986 to 1988 he played 61 contests for Bilbao Athletic, with that team in Segunda División.
Subsequently, Garitano moved into coaching, first taking charge of Zaragoza's youth teams. In mid-January 2008 he replaced sacked Víctor Fernández, first appearing in a Spanish Cup round-of-16 tie against Racing de Santander, a 2–4 loss (3–5 on aggregate).
Just two days after his only league game, a 3–1 home win over Real Murcia, Garitano quit the job, quoting a lack of commitment. Zaragoza would have a further two coaches until the end of the campaign, which ended in relegation.
Garitano was the younger brother of Angel Garitano (also known as 'Ondarru') who served for many years as assistant to Mané at managerial appointments including Deportivo Alavés and Athletic Bilbao, and the uncle of another footballer (and midfielder), Gaizka Garitano whom, after unsuccessfully graduating from Athletic's academy, went on to represent, among others, neighbours SD Eibar, Real Sociedad and Alavés. They were distantly related to Juan Urquizu who also served Athletic as player and manager. However, the Basque player and manager Asier Garitano is no relation.
- "Este "merengue" es de hierro..." [Iron ("Hierro" in English, pun on player's name) "merengue"...]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 March 1988. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
- "Zaragoza, no hay quinta Copa mala" [Zaragoza, no such thing as a bad fifth Cup]. ABC (in Spanish). 1 July 2001. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Asier Villalibre: segundo goleador más jóven de la historia del Bilbao Athletic en 2ª División" [Asier Villalibre: second-youngest goalscorer of Bilbao Athletic's history in 2nd Division] (in Spanish). La Cantera de Lezama. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Garitano succeeds Fernández at Zaragoza". ESPN Soccernet. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
- "Colsa reparte y Tchité liquida" [Colsa provides and Tchité finishes]. El País (in Spanish). 17 January 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
- "Garitano quits as Zaragoza coach after a week". ESPN Soccernet. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- "Gay fue presentado a la plantilla y realizó dos sesiones de trabajo" [Gay was introduced to squad and held two work sessions]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 16 December 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
- "Alma de versolari, corazón de futbolista" [Soul of a wordsmith, heart of a footballer]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 11 June 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- "Una familia con el corazón partido" [A family with a broken heart]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 January 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- "El sobrino de Ander es el capitán del mejor Éibar" [Ander's nephew captains best Éibar]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 12 April 2005. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "El gran duelo de los Garitano" [The great battle of the Garitanos]. Sport (in Spanish). 22 September 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.