Iñaki Descarga

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Iñaki Descarga
Descarga as a Legia player
Personal information
Full name Iñaki Descarga Retegui
Date of birth (1976-08-25) 25 August 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Irun, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Real Unión
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Real Unión 14 (0)
1996–1999 Osasuna B 100 (3)
1997–1999 Osasuna 9 (0)
1999–2000 Eibar 37 (0)
2000–2008 Levante 216 (9)
2008–2009 Legia Warsaw 1 (0)
2009–2011 Real Unión 59 (2)
Total 436 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Descarga and the second or maternal family name is Retegui.

Iñaki Descarga Retegui (born 25 August 1976 in Irun, Basque Country) is a Spanish retired footballer. Mainly a central defender, he could also operate as a right back.

He started and ended his 16-year professional career with Real Unión, but played mainly for Levante (eight seasons and more than 300 official games, 61 in La Liga).

Football career[edit]

After an insignificant stint with CA Osasuna in the second division and a season with neighbours SD Eibar in the same category, Descarga played eight years with Levante UD, where he would be one of the club's most influential players as well as team captain, helping it achieve two promotions to La Liga. His first match in the competition came on 13 November 2004 in a 0–1 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña, with the Valencian Community side being relegated on the last matchday.

Following Levante's severe financial crisis during 2007–08, Descarga was one of many players who would leave, joining Legia Warsaw in August 2008 and sharing teams with former Osasuna teammate Iñaki Astiz. He made his Ekstraklasa debut in a game against Arka Gdynia (2–2)[1] but, after just 13 minutes on the pitch, he tore his hamstring and never played for the club again, leaving at the end of the campaign.

In July 2009, Descarga signed with his first club Real Unión of Irun, freshly promoted to the second level. On 20 June 2010, as the club was immediately relegated back, he helped seal its fate, netting in his own net in a 0–2 home loss against neighbours Real Sociedad (last matchday).[2]

After not being able to help Unión return to division two, Descarga retired in June 2011 at the age of 35.

Match-fixing controversy[edit]

On 3 December 2008, Spanish regional TV channel Popular TV del Mediterráneo released a recording of a telephone conversation between Levante's president, Julio Romero, and club defender Descarga, in which the latter admitted that a certain number of his teammates had accepted a bribe to lose a 17 June 2007 match against Athletic Bilbao. The Basque team won 2–0 and Celta de Vigo was instead relegated.[3]


  1. ^ "Legia Warszawa – Arka Gdynia" [Legia Warsaw – Arka Gdynia] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "El Hércules vuelve a Primera y condena al Real Unión" [Hércules returns to Primera and condemns Real Unión]. Marca (in Spanish). 19 June 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Presunto amaño en el Athletic-Levante de hace dos temporadas" [Alleged match-fixing in Athletic-Levante two seasons ago]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 December 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 

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