Iñigo Larrainzar

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Iñigo Larrainzar
Personal information
Full name Iñigo Larrainzar Santamaría
Date of birth (1971-06-05) 5 June 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Osasuna B 20 (2)
1990–1993 Osasuna 115 (9)
1993–2003 Athletic Bilbao 251 (6)
2003–2005 Córdoba 40 (0)
Total 426 (17)
National team
1990 Spain U20 1 (0)
1991 Spain U21 5 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 4 (0)
1994 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Iñigo Larrainzar Santamaría (born 5 June 1971 in Pamplona, Navarre) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a right back.

Also a central defender on occasion, his older brother Domingo, often referred to as Larrainzar I, was also a footballer, and both played at Osasuna.[1]

Club career[edit]

A product of hometown CA Osasuna's youth ranks and reserve team, where he played alongside future Athletic Bilbao teammate José Mari García, Larrainzar made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 21 March 1990 in a 0–1 away loss against Rayo Vallecano, and was definitely promoted to the main squad for the following season: aged 19, he was instrumental, as was brother Domingo, in helping the Navarrese side finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Cup.[2]

In the 1993 summer, Athletic Bilbao paid 200 million pesetas to acquire Larrainzar's services, then the second-highest figure by the club, and he was an undisputed starter in the campaigns to come. In 1997–98, alongside youth graduate Aitor Larrazábal who played on the opposite flank, he featured in 34 matches and scored two goals to help the Basques to a runner-up place, with direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League.

After some years battling for first-choice status with younger Jesús María Lacruz, who also represented Osasuna (although they did not coincide), and also dealing with injuries, Larraínzar moved south for Córdoba CF in the second division,[3] where he played a further two seasons. He retired at the age of 34, with 366 top level appearances to his credit.

International career[edit]

Larrainzar was capped once for Spain. On 19 January 1994, he played the entire 2–2 friendly match with Portugal in Vigo.[4]


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