Ander Garitano

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Ander Garitano
Personal information
Full name Ander Garitano Urquizu
Date of birth (1969-02-26) 26 February 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Derio, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Bilbao Athletic 67 (15)
1988–1996 Athletic Bilbao 234 (35)
1996–2002 Zaragoza 147 (15)
Total 448 (65)
National team
1984–1985 Spain U16 9 (3)
1986 Spain U18 2 (1)
1989–1990 Spain U21 5 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Zaragoza
2009 Zaragoza (youth)
2009–2010 Zaragoza B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ander Garitano Urquizu (born 26 February 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left midfielder, and a coach.

His career as a player – almost entirely spent in La Liga – was solely associated with two clubs, Athletic Bilbao and Zaragoza.

Club career[edit]

Born in Derio, Biscay, Garitano began his professional career at local powerhouse Athletic Bilbao. After apperaring 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.[1]

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,[2] 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.[3]

Subsequently, Garitano moved into coaching, first taking charge of Zaragoza's youth teams. In mid-January 2008 he replaced sacked Víctor Fernández,[4] first appearing in a Spanish Cup round-of-16 tie against Racing de Santander, a 2–4 loss (3–5 on aggregate).[5]

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.[6] Zaragoza would have a further two coaches until the end of the campaign, which ended in relegation.

Garitano returned to Real Zaragoza for 2008–09, now as a youth coach. However, in late 2009, he moved to the B-side following José Aurelio Gay's promotion as first-team coach.[7]

Personal life[edit]

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,[8][9] 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.[10][9] They were distantly related to Juan Urquizu who also served Athletic as player and manager.[8] However, the Basque player and manager Asier Garitano is no relation.[11]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other[12] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bilbao Athletic 1985–86 4 0 ? ? - - - - 4 0
1986–87 34 4 ? ? - - - - 34 4
1987–88 27 9 ? ? - - - - 27 9
1988–89 2 2 - - - - - - 2 2
Total 67 15 0 0 - - - - 67 15
Athletic Bilbao 1987–88 2 0 0 0 - - - - 2 0
1988–89 23 4 4 0 2 0 - - 29 4
1989–90 36 5 4 2 - - - - 40 7
1990–91 30 4 5 2 - - - - 35 6
1991–92 29 7 7 3 - - - - 36 10
1992–93 27 3 2 0 - - - - 29 3
1993–94 26 6 3 0 - - - - 29 6
1994–95 35 4 3 0 6 0 - - 44 4
1995–96 26 2 5 0 - - - - 31 2
Total 234 35 33 7 8 0 - - 275 42
Zaragoza 1996–97 37 3 3 0 - - - - 40 3
1997–98 18 7 5 3 - - - - 23 10
1998–99 19 1 1 0 - - - - 20 1
1999–00 30 4 5 1 - - - - 35 5
2000–01 19 0 7 0 2 0 - - 28 0
2001–02 24 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 28 0
Total 147 15 22 4 5 0 0 0 174 19
Career totals 448 65 55 11 13 0 0 0 516 76

Honours[edit]

Zaragoza

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Garitano succeeds Fernández at Zaragoza". ESPN Soccernet. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Colsa reparte y Tchité liquida" [Colsa provides and Tchité finishes]. El País (in Spanish). 17 January 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Garitano quits as Zaragoza coach after a week". ESPN Soccernet. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ a b "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.
  9. ^ a b "Una familia con el corazón partido" [A family with a broken heart]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 January 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "El gran duelo de los Garitano" [The great battle of the Garitanos]. Sport (in Spanish). 22 September 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  12. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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