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Andoni Iraola
Iraola in 2023
Personal information
Full name Andoni Iraola Sagarna[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-22) 22 June 1982 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Usurbil, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Position(s) Right-back
Team information
Current team
AFC Bournemouth (manager)
Youth career
1991–1999 Antiguoko
1999–2000 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Basconia 35 (4)
2001–2003 Bilbao Athletic 75 (15)
2003–2015 Athletic Bilbao 406 (33)
2015–2016 New York City FC 38 (0)
Total 554 (52)
International career
2001 Spain U18 1 (0)
2003 Spain U21 1 (0)
2008–2011 Spain 7 (0)
2003–2013 Basque Country 9 (0)
Managerial career
2018–2019 AEK Larnaca
2019–2020 Mirandés
2020–2023 Rayo Vallecano
2023– AFC Bournemouth
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Andoni Iraola Sagarna (Basque pronunciation: [andoni iɾa.ola s̺aɣarna], Spanish: [anˈdoni iɾaˈola saˈɣaɾna]; born 22 June 1982) is a Spanish professional football manager and former player who is the current manager of Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.

Utilised primarily as a right-back through his career, he was highly combative and possessed good passing skills. He spent the vast majority of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao,[2] appearing in 510 competitive matches over 12 seasons.[3]

Iraola began managing in 2018, being in charge of Rayo Vallecano for three years. In 2023, he was appointed as manager of Premier League club Bournemouth.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Iraola playing for Athletic Bilbao in 2007

Iraola was born in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa.[4] He played as a youth for Antiguoko,[5] alongside teammates such as Mikel Arteta, Xabi Alonso, Mikel Alonso and Aritz Aduriz.[6] A product of Athletic Bilbao's youth system at Lezama, he made his debut with the first team in the 2003–04 season, becoming first-choice while often taking penalties and free kicks.[7][8][9] On 30 August 2003, he made his first La Liga appearance, starting in a 1–0 home loss against Barcelona,[10] and his five goals in 30 appearances helped the team to qualify for the UEFA Cup.[1]

During his 12 seasons, Iraola never played fewer than 30 league matches, scoring in all but one league campaign – like former club legend Aitor Larrazábal, who played as a left-back[3][11]– while also helping the Basque side to finish second in three Copa del Rey tournaments and the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. On 28 January 2007, he netted twice in a 2–0 away win over neighbours Real Sociedad, who were finally relegated; Athletic narrowly avoided the drop, ranking in 17th position.[12] He played his first cup final in 2009, a 4–1 loss to Barcelona at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia,[13] and three years later helped them to finish runners-up in both the domestic cup[14] and the Europa League.[15]

2012–13 marked the first year where Iraola failed to find the net in the league, but he continued to be the side's first-choice in his position as he featured in 35 games. His only goal of the season came on 24 August 2012 in a 6–0 home rout of HJK in the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League (9–3 on aggregate).[16]

Iraola renewed his contract with the club on 4 December 2013, keeping him at the San Mamés until 30 June 2015.[17] In the 24th minute of his last league appearance against Villarreal in May 2015, Aritz Aduriz offered him the taking of a penalty kick but he declined, so the former converted it instead; the two players then combined for Iraola to score from open play four minutes later.[18] He captained the team in his last match, the 2015 Copa del Rey final which was lost 3–1 to Barcelona.[19]

New York City FC[edit]

On 16 June 2015, aged 33, Iraola moved abroad for the first time in his career, signing for Major League Soccer club New York City FC.[20][21] He made his debut against Toronto FC at the Yankee Stadium on 12 July, playing the entirety of a 4–4 draw.[22]

Iraola announced his retirement on 17 November 2016.[23][24]

International[edit]

On 20 August 2008, Iraola was called by new Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for a friendly with Denmark, alongside teammate Fernando Amorebieta.[25] He entered the pitch in the final 15 minutes of the 3–0 away victory, coming in as a substitute for Sergio Ramos.[26]

On 29 March 2011, after nearly one and a half years without playing for the national team, Iraola started in a 3–1 defeat of Lithuania in Kaunas for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers.[27] He was due to make the cut for the final squad, but injury forced him out in favour of Atlético Madrid's Juanfran.[28]

Iraola played on the Basque representative side for a full decade, having debuted late on in a 2–1 win over Uruguay on 27 December 2003.[29][30]

Coaching career[edit]

AEK Larnaca[edit]

Iraola was appointed manager of Cypriot club AEK Larnaca on 18 June 2018, succeeding his compatriot Imanol Idiakez.[31] He was sacked the following 14 January,[32] after nearly two months without winning a single match.[33]

Mirandés[edit]

On 10 July 2019, Iraola replaced the departed Borja Jiménez at the helm of Mirandés, newly promoted to Segunda División.[34] He took the team to the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup for the second time in their 92-year history, notably disposing of top-tier sides Celta, Sevilla and Villarreal.[35] On 21 July 2020, he left the club as his contract expired.[36]

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

Iraola remained in the second division in August 2020, taking over from Paco Jémez at Rayo Vallecano.[37] On 6 July 2021, after achieving promotion in the playoffs, he extended his contract until 2022.[38] The following season, he again led a club to the last four of the national cup; it was the second time Rayo had achieved this, the first occasion coming 40 years earlier.[39]

In February 2023, Iraola was approached by Leeds United of the Premier League, but was not given permission to leave the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.[40] He left at the end of the campaign, having turned down a renewal offer.[41]

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

On 19 June 2023, Iraola was appointed manager of AFC Bournemouth on a two-year deal.[42] His first match in charge was a 1–1 home draw with West Ham United on 12 August, in which Dominic Solanke scored a late equaliser.[43] He achieved his first win in the tenth league round, beating Burnley 2–1 with goals from Antoine Semenyo and Philip Billing.[44]

Iraola extended his contract with the club on 13 May 2024, until 2026.[45] His Cherries team finished the season with a best-ever 48 points, in 12th place.[46]

Managerial style[edit]

Iraola favours a 4–3–3/4–3–2–1 formation with a focus on quick ball recoveries. With quick wingers, tireless midfield runners and a defensive midfielder who tends to drop deep when building from the back when the full-backs push forward, his main emphasis is on catching the opposition off guard.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[48][49][50]
Club Season League National cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Basconia 2000–01 Tercera División 35 4 35 4
Bilbao Athletic 2001–02 Segunda División 38 5 38 5
2002–03 Segunda División 37 10 37 10
Total 75 15 75 15
Athletic Bilbao 2003–04 La Liga 30 5 1 0 31 5
2004–05 La Liga 34 4 7 1 8[b] 1 49 6
2005–06 La Liga 38 3 4 0 42 3
2006–07 La Liga 35 5 2 0 37 5
2007–08 La Liga 36 1 5 1 41 2
2008–09 La Liga 33 6 8 0 41 6
2009–10 La Liga 37 2 2 0 11[c] 0 2[d] 0 52 2
2010–11 La Liga 37 4 4 0 41 4
2011–12 La Liga 35 1 9 0 15[c] 0 59 1
2012–13 La Liga 35 0 1 0 7[c] 1 43 1
2013–14 La Liga 34 1 6 0 0 0 40 1
2014–15 La Liga 22 1 6 0 5[c] 1 33 2
Total 406 33 56 2 46 3 2 0 510 38
New York City FC 2015 Major League Soccer 9 0 0 0 9 0
2016 Major League Soccer 29 0 0 0 2[e] 0 31 0
Total 38 0 0 0 2 0 40 0
Career total 554 52 56 2 46 3 4 0 660 57
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year[51]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2008 2 0
2009 2 0
2011 3 0
Total 7 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 May 2024
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
AEK Larnaca 23 May 2018 14 January 2019 29 12 9 8 041.38 [52]
Mirandés 10 July 2019 21 July 2020 49 18 17 14 036.73 [53]
Rayo Vallecano 6 August 2020 30 June 2023 136 54 32 50 039.71 [54]
AFC Bournemouth 1 July 2023 Present 44 17 9 18 038.64 [55]
Total 258 101 67 90 039.15

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Athletic Bilbao

Manager[edit]

AEK Larnaca

Individual

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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