Gorka Iraizoz

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Gorka Iraizoz
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Iraizoz before a game with Basque Country in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gorka Iraizoz Moreno
Date of birth (1981-03-06) 6 March 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Girona
Number 1
Youth career
1998–1999 Chantrea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Basconia 20 (0)
2000–2001 Bilbao Athletic 0 (0)
2001 Gernika (loan) 14 (0)
2001–2002 Gernika 36 (0)
2002–2004 Espanyol B 59 (0)
2004–2007 Espanyol 23 (0)
2004–2005 Eibar (loan) 41 (0)
2007–2017 Athletic Bilbao 315 (0)
2017– Girona 3 (0)
National team
2006– Basque Country 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 2016

Gorka Iraizoz Moreno (born 6 March 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Girona FC as a goalkeeper.

He spent most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 392 official games.[1] In La Liga he also represented Espanyol, winning the 2006 Copa del Rey with the club.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Espanyol[edit]

Iraizoz was born in Pamplona. After beginning his football career with local UDC Chantrea,[2] he moved to the Basque Country with Athletic Bilbao, serving stints with affiliates CD Basconia and Bilbao Athletic.[3]

Arriving at RCD Espanyol in July 2002, Iraizoz spent two seasons with its B-side, also having a loan spell at SD Eibar in the second division. He was the former's second-choice behind Carlos Kameni for the 2006–07 season, but was the regular in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup,[4][5] notably excelling in the quarter-finals second leg away to S.L. Benfica (0–0 draw, 3–2 on aggregate).[6][7]

Despite being from Navarre, Iraizoz learned to speak fluent Catalan.[8] He made his La Liga debut on 21 December 2005, in a 2–1 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña.[9]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 7 August 2007, Iraizoz signed for Athletic Bilbao for 4.6 million, returning to the club he spent one-and-a-half seasons with,[10] this time as the undisputed starter.[11] However, due to a severe injury, he was left out of the squad for the second part of the campaign,[12] and his place (and shirt number) was taken by 37-year-old Armando, signed from Cádiz CF until June 2008.

In the following years, Iraizoz rarely missed a league game for Athletic.[13] On 16 January 2010, his Man of the match performance helped the team hold on to its early home lead against Real Madrid, constantly denying Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo's efforts;[14] additionally, he was on goal during the 2009[15] and 2012 finals[16] of the Copa del Rey lost to FC Barcelona,[17] and also helped defeat that opponent 5–1 on aggregate in the 2015 Supercopa de España for his only accolade at the San Mamés Stadium.[18][19]

In the opening match of 2014–15, at Málaga CF, Iraizoz appeared to score a last-minute equaliser, but the goal was disallowed, apparently incorrectly.[20] Having lost his starting place to Kepa Arrizabalaga, at the end of the 2016–17 season Athletic announced that the 36-year-old would be leaving the club at the end of his contract.[21]

Girona[edit]

On 14 June 2017, Iraizoz agreed to a two-year deal at Girona FC, promoted to the top flight for the first time ever.[22]

International career[edit]

Iraizoz never earned any caps for Spain at any level. He did feature for the unofficial Basque Country regional team.[23]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played on 24 May 2017
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bilbao Athletic 2000–01[24] Segunda División B 0 0 0 0
Gernika (loan) 2000–01[24] Segunda División B 14 0 14 0
Gernika 2001–02[24] Segunda División B 36 0 36 0
Total 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 0
Espanyol B 2002–03[24] Segunda División B 29 0 29 0
2003–04[24] Segunda División B 30 0 30 0
Total 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 59 0
Eibar 2004–05 Segunda División 41 0 0 0 0 0 41 0
Total 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 0
Espanyol 2005–06[24] La Liga 21 0 5 0 6[a] 0 32 0
2006–07[24] La Liga 2 0 2 0 15[a] 0 1[b] 0 20 0
Total 23 0 7 0 21 0 1 0 52 0
Athletic Bilbao 2007–08[24] La Liga 13 0 1 0 14 0
2008–09[24] La Liga 36 0 9 0 45 0
2009–10[24] La Liga 37 0 1 0 12[c] 0 1[b] 0 51 0
2010–11[24] La Liga 37 0 4 0 41 0
2011–12[24] La Liga 37 0 9 0 15[c] 0 61 0
2012–13[24] La Liga 35 0 7[c] 0 42 0
2013–14[24] La Liga 33 0 33 0
2014–15[25] La Liga 34 0 1 0 8[d] 0 43 0
2015–16[25] La Liga 37 0 2[b] 0 39 0
2016–17[25] La Liga 16 0 4 0 3 0 23 0
Girona 2017–18 La Liga 0 0 0 0
Total 315 0 29 0 45 0 3 0 392 0
Career total 488 0 36 0 66 0 4 0 594 0
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c Includes 1 Appearance in Supercopa de España
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gorka Iraizoz batirá el récord de partidos en Primera de Unzué" [Gorka Iraizoz will break Unzué's record of games in Primera]. Noticias de Navarra (in Spanish). 22 April 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "El fértil vivero navarro del Athletic" [Athletic's fertile Navarrese nursery]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 8 February 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mendilibar: "Iraizoz es el mejor portero que he tenido, y eso que le eché del Basconia"" [Mendilibar: "Iraizoz is the best goalkeeper I have ever had, and keep in mind I kicked him from Basconia"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Iraizoz hoping for career highlight; UEFA.com, 26 April 2007
  5. ^ Iraizoz 'knackered' but proud; UEFA.com, 17 May 2007
  6. ^ "Un gran Iraizoz da el pase a las semifinales" [Great Iraizoz puts them through to the semi-finals]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 April 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "El águila de Lisboa" [The eagle of Lisbon]. El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). 13 April 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Un navarro que habla catalán, que aprendió de Iríbar y creció en Éibar" [A Navarrese who speaks Catalan, who learned from Iríbar and grew in Éibar]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 4 February 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "El Espanyol alivia sus penas con dos zarpazos en Riazor" [Espanyol chase woes away with two blows at Riazor]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 21 December 2005. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Athletic swoop to capture Iraizoz; UEFA.com, 7 August 2007
  11. ^ "FÚTBOL ATHLETIC. Iraizoz, a veces Superman, a veces Aranzubia" [FOOTBALL ATHLETIC. Iraizoz, sometimes Superman, sometimes Aranzubia]. El Correo (in Spanish). 7 December 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Athletic lose Iraizoz for season; UEFA.com, 18 January 2008
  13. ^ ""Con Aranzubia se tuvo menos paciencia que con Iraizoz"" ["People were less patient with Aranzubia than with Iraizoz"]. El Correo (in Spanish). 11 February 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Llorente header sinks Real; ESPN Soccernet, 16 January 2010
  15. ^ a b "El Barça se corona por aplastamiento" [Barça crowned through crushing]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 May 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Barcelona end Guardiola era with Copa del Rey win over Athletic Bilbao". The Guardian. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Todas las finales de Copa entre Barça y Athletic Club" [All the Cup finals between Barça and Athletic Club]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 May 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Athletic Bilbao 4–0 Barcelona: Aduriz hits hat-trick in Supercopa shocker". Goal.com. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Barcelona lose Super Cup final to Athletic Bilbao". BBC Sport. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Malaga claim nervy win; Sevilla drop points to Valencia". Fox Sports. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Urrutia confirma que Iraizoz no seguirá en el Athletic la próxima temporada" [Urrutia confirms Iraizoz will not continue at Athletic the next season] (in Spanish). Ecodiario. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  22. ^ "Gorka Iraizoz, primer refuerzo del Girona" [Gorka Iraizoz, first Girona addition]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "Catalunya 0–1 Euskal Selekzioa" [Catalonia 0–1 Basque XI] (in Spanish). Basque Football Federation. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Iraizoz: Gorka Iraizoz Moreno". BDFutbol. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  25. ^ a b c "Iraizoz". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 April 2006. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  27. ^ Atkin, John (17 May 2007). "Palop lauds perfect performance". UEFA.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  28. ^ Atkin, John (9 May 2012). "Falcao at double as Atlético march to title". UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 

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