Asier Garitano

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Asier Garitano
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Garitano in 2015
Personal information
Full name Asier Garitano Aguirrezábal
Date of birth (1969-12-06) 6 December 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Bergara, Spain
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad (manager)
Youth career
1988–1989 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Bilbao Athletic 95 (17)
1992–1993Eibar (loan) 22 (4)
1993–1994 Cartagena 35 (13)
1994–1995 Cádiz 41 (9)
1996 Eibar 17 (2)
1996–1997 Gavà 29 (6)
1997–1998 Racing Ferrol 13 (3)
1998–2000 Burgos 58 (19)
2000–2003 Alicante 40 (12)
2002–2003Benidorm (loan) 2 (0)
Total 352 (85)
National team
1988 Spain U18 1 (0)
1990 Spain U20 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2008 Alicante (assistant)
2008 Alicante
2009–2010 Castellón (assistant)
2010 Castellón
2011–2012 Orihuela
2012–2013 Alcoyano
2013–2018 Leganés
2018– Real Sociedad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Asier Garitano Aguirrezábal (born 6 December 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward, and is the current coach of Real Sociedad.

During a 14-year senior career, he appeared in 134 matches in Segunda División over the course of five seasons, scoring a combined 23 goals for Bilbao Athletic and Eibar. He added 216 games and 61 goals in Segunda División B, in representation of several clubs.

Garitano started working as a manager in 2003, as an assistant at Alicante. He went on to be in charge of four teams before being appointed at Leganés in 2013, which he led to promotions to the second level and La Liga.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Bergara, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Garitano was an Athletic Bilbao youth graduate. He made his senior debut with the reserves on 2 September 1989, starting and scoring the winner in a 2–1 away win against Racing de Santander for the Segunda División championship.[1]

After four full seasons (one of them on loan at SD Eibar), Garitano left the Lions and signed for Cartagena FC in Segunda División B.[2] In 1994, he moved to Cádiz CF also in the third level, and returned to Eibar in January 1996.

Garitano subsequently resumed his career in the third tier and Tercera División, representing CF Gavà, Racing de Ferrol, Burgos CF, Alicante CF and Benidorm CF. He retired in 2003 at the age of 33, mainly due to injuries.

Coaching career[edit]

Shortly after retiring, Garitano started working as an assistant manager at former club Alicante. In October 2008 he was named manager, replacing fired José Carlos Granero;[3] however, after only three matches, he was replaced by Nino Lema and moved to the backroom staff.

Garitano was appointed CD Castellón manager on 6 April 2010,[4] after being previously working at the club as an assistant.[5] He remained in charge until the end of the season, suffering relegation.

On 7 July 2011, Garitano signed with third division side Orihuela CF.[6] The following campaign, also as manager, he worked with CD Alcoyano,[7] eventually losing promotion with both teams in the play-offs.

On 28 June 2013, Garitano was named manager of CD Leganés still in the third tier.[8] In his first season, he achieved promotion to the second level after defeating CE L'Hospitalet in the play-offs; another promotion followed in 2016, after finishing second in the regular season.

On 24 May 2018, Garitano was appointed at the helm of Real Sociedad.[9]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 5 October 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Alicante Spain 13 October 2008 3 November 2008 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 000.00 [10]
Castellón Spain 6 April 2010 30 June 2010 11 2 3 6 9 14 −5 018.18 [11]
Orihuela Spain 7 July 2011 14 June 2012 42 19 15 8 53 38 +15 045.24 [12]
Alcoyano Spain 14 June 2012 25 March 2013 36 18 7 11 46 34 +12 050.00 [13]
Leganés Spain 28 June 2013 20 May 2018 222 87 59 76 261 226 +35 039.19 [14]
Real Sociedad Spain 24 May 2018 Present 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 037.50 [15]
Total 322 129 88 105 384 327 +57 040.06

Personal life[edit]

He was not related to fellow manager Gaizka Garitano, who also had playing spells with Bilbao Athletic and Eibar.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1–2: Rugieron los "cachorros"" [1–2: The "pups" roared]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 September 1989. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Garitano marcó 13 goles para los albinegros en Segunda B con Antonio Pedreño de entrenador" [Garitano scored 13 goals for the white-and-black in Segunda B with Antonio Pedreño as manager] (in Spanish). Sport Cartagena. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Asier Garitano se quiere quedar al frente del Alicante" [Asier Garitano wants to stay in charge of Alicante]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 October 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  4. ^ "El Castellón destituye a 'Tintín' Márquez" [Castellón sack 'Tintín' Márquez]. Marca (in Spanish). 6 April 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Asier Garitano, nuevo segundo entrenador albinegro" [Asier Garitano, new white-and-black assistant manager]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 July 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  6. ^ "El Orihuela ficha como enternador a Asier Garitano" [Orihuela sign Asier Garitano as manager]. La Verdad (in Spanish). 7 July 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Asier Garitano es el elegido para volver a Segunda" [Asier Garitano is the chosen one to get back to Segunda]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Asier Garitano, nuevo entrenador del C.D. Leganés" [Asier Garitano, new manager of C.D. Leganés] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Real hire Asier Garitano". Real Sociedad. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
    "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
    "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
    "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
    "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Garitano: Asier Garitano Agirrezabal". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  16. ^ "El gran duelo de los Garitano" [The great battle of the Garitanos]. Sport (in Spanish). 22 September 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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