Daniel Aranzubia

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Dani Aranzubia
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Aranzubia in 2008
Personal information
Full name Daniel Aranzubia Aguado
Date of birth (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993–1994 Loyola
1994–1997 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Bilbao Athletic 70 (0)
1997–1998 Basconia 31 (0)
2000–2008 Athletic Bilbao 162 (0)
2008–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 178 (1)
2013–2014 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
Total 442 (1)
National team
1995–1996 Spain U16 3 (0)
1998–1999 Spain U20 9 (0)
1999–2001 Spain U21 17 (0)
2000 Spain U23 6 (0)
2004 Spain 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aranzubia and the second or maternal family name is Aguado.

Daniel "Dani" Aranzubia Aguado (born 18 September 1979) is a former Spanish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He appeared in 303 La Liga games over the course of 13 seasons, with Athletic Bilbao – in whose youth system he grew – Deportivo and Atlético Madrid.

Aranzubia represented Spain at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Born in Logroño, La Rioja, but nonetheless a product of Athletic Bilbao's famed youth academy, Lezama, Aranzubia made his first-team debut on 10 June 2001 in a 1–3 home derby loss against Real Sociedad.[1] After two seasons as backup to Iñaki Lafuente, he emerged as the side's undisputed starter,[2] helping them qualify to the UEFA Cup in 2004 while extending his contract a further four years.[3]

After additional struggles for first-choice duties with Lafuente in the 2005–06 campaign,[2] Aranzubia was definitely deemed surplus to requirements by the Basques after the emergence of Gorka Iraizoz, not appearing even when the first-choice was severely injured during 2007–08 (Athletic received veteran Armando on loan from Cádiz CF, and he became the starter).[4]

Deportivo[edit]

On 13 July 2008, Aranzubia joined Deportivo de La Coruña on a three-year deal,[5] helping the Galicians to the UEFA Intertoto Cup and starting throughout the entire season, save one match due to suspension. On 2 October, he saved three penalties in a shootout against SK Brann in a UEFA Cup first round 2–0 home win, with Depor thus reaching the group stage.[6]

Aranzubia missed the first six games of the 2010–11 campaign due to injury,[7] but again finished as a starter for Deportivo. On 20 February 2011, he scored with his head after a 95th-minute corner kick, as his team managed a 1–1 draw at UD Almería,[8] becoming the first goalkeeper in La Liga history to score from open play.[9]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

In August 2013, Aranzubia signed for Atlético Madrid as a backup to Thibaut Courtois.[10] He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League on 11 December 2013 shortly after his 34th birthday, saving a penalty from FC Porto's Josué in an eventual 2–0 group stage home win.[11]

As the Belgian was unavailable due to injury, Aranzubia first played in the league with the Colchoneros on 8 February 2014, being sent off in the last minutes of an eventual 0–2 loss at Almería after fouling Jonathan Zongo in the box.[12]

International career[edit]

Aranzubia made his only appearance for Spain on 5 June 2004, in a friendly match with Andorra at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. He came on as a substitute for Santiago Cañizares, who had already replaced Iker Casillas, at the hour-mark,[13] after having been selected as third-choice for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament.[14]

Previously, Aranzubia helped the nation win the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and finish runner-up at the 2000 Summer Olympics, starting in both finals.[15]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 6 June 2014[16][17]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2000–01 La Liga 2 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
2001–02 8 0 8 0 0 0 16 0
2002–03 25 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
2003–04 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2004–05 37 0 1 0 4 0 42 0
2005–26 18 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
2006–07 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2007–08 10 0 6 0 0 0 16 0
Total 162 0 23 0 4 0 189 0
Deportivo 2008–09 La Liga 37 0 0 0 10 0 47 0
2009–10 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2010–11 32 1 0 0 0 0 32 1
2011–12 Segunda División 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2012–13 La Liga 35 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
Total 178 1 0 0 10 0 188 1
Atlético Madrid 2013–14 La Liga 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 0
Total 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 0
Career total 341 1 26 0 15 0 382 1

Honours[edit]

Aranzubia with Deportivo in 2008

Club[edit]

Deportivo
Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U20
Spain U23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El derbi de las verdades" [The derby of truths] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 June 2001. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Lafuente no entiende su vuelta a la suplencia" [Lafuente does not understand return to backup status] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Aranzubia puts pen to paper; UEFA.com, 26 April 2004
  4. ^ ""Con Aranzubia se tuvo menos paciencia que con Iraizoz"" ["People were less patient with Aranzubia than with Iraizoz"] (in Spanish). El Correo. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Aranzubia ficha por el Deportivo" [Aranzubia signs for Deportivo] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  6. ^ UEFA Cup: Depor survive Brann penalty scare; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2008
  7. ^ "Aranzubia será sometido a tratamiento con plasma para lesión de hombro" [Aranzubia to undergo plasma treatment for shoulder injury] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Aranzubia to the rescue; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2011
  9. ^ Dani Aranzubía, primer portero que marca de cabeza en la Liga (Dani Aranzubía, first goalkeeper to score with head in League); 20 Minutos, 20 February 2011 (Spanish)
  10. ^ "El Atlético ficha a Dani Aranzubía" [Atlético signs Dani Aranzubía] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Unbeaten Atlético end Porto hopes". UEFA.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ádiós liderato, hola dudas" [Goodbye first place, hello doubts] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "España golea a Andorra antes de viajar hacia Portugal (4–0)" [España routs Andorra before travelling to Portugal (4–0)] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Aragón. 6 June 2004. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Sáez selects Spain squad; UEFA.com, 20 May 2004
  15. ^ Daniel AranzubiaFIFA competition record
  16. ^ "Aranzubia: Daniel Aranzubia Aguado". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Aranzubia". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 

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