Aranzubia in 2008
|Full name||Daniel Aranzubia Aguado|
|Date of birth||18 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Logroño, Spain|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2008–2013||Deportivo La Coruña||178||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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. After two seasons as backup to Iñaki Lafuente, he emerged as the side's undisputed starter, helping them qualify to the UEFA Cup in 2004 while extending his contract a further four years.
After additional struggles for first-choice duties with Lafuente in the 2005–06 campaign, 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).
On 13 July 2008, Aranzubia joined Deportivo de La Coruña on a three-year deal, 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.
Aranzubia missed the first six games of the 2010–11 campaign due to injury, 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, becoming the first goalkeeper in La Liga history to score from open play.
In August 2013, Aranzubia signed for Atlético Madrid as a backup to Thibaut Courtois. 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.
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.
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, after having been selected as third-choice for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament.
|Athletic Bilbao||2000–01||La Liga||2||0||4||0||0||0||6||0|
|Atlético Madrid||2013–14||La Liga||1||0||3||0||1||0||5||0|
- Atlético Madrid
- Spain U20
- Spain U23
- "El derbi de las verdades" [The derby of truths] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 June 2001. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
- "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.
- Aranzubia puts pen to paper; UEFA.com, 26 April 2004
- ""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.
- "Aranzubia ficha por el Deportivo" [Aranzubia signs for Deportivo] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
- UEFA Cup: Depor survive Brann penalty scare; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2008
- "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.
- Aranzubia to the rescue; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2011
- 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)
- "El Atlético ficha a Dani Aranzubía" [Atlético signs Dani Aranzubía] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- "Unbeaten Atlético end Porto hopes". UEFA.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- "Ádiós liderato, hola dudas" [Goodbye first place, hello doubts] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- "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.
- Sáez selects Spain squad; UEFA.com, 20 May 2004
- Daniel Aranzubia – FIFA competition record
- "Aranzubia: Daniel Aranzubia Aguado". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- "Aranzubia". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
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