|Full name||Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia|
|Date of birth||22 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Mendaro, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2000–2005||Real Sociedad B||53||(2)|
|2008–2009||→ Elche (loan)||23||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Albacete (loan)||10||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Salamanca (loan)||33||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
After making his Real Sociedad first-team debuts during the 2004–05 season, Zubiaurre achieved notoriety as a result of a lawsuit in which his first club prevented him from playing for Athletic Bilbao for 14 months, due to an alleged illegality in his transference between the two Basque sides.
Zubiaurre, who represented Real Sociedad at youth level, was 'presented' as new Athletic Bilbao player in 2005 by the latter's president Fernando Lamikiz, despite still being under contract. He had no permission to rescind his link, which had a year left to run and a buy-out clause of €33 million, and Real insisted that Athletic pay the entire amount, with the player not being allowed to play professional football during the subsequent legal battle; SCD Durango, a regional club, asked permission to field him, but were denied.
15 months after the lawsuit began, a judge ruled that Athletic had to pay Real Sociedad €5 million, and were granted permission to field Zubiaurre for the 2006–07 campaign. He was presented for a second time at San Mamés Stadium on 16 November 2006, and was given the number 12 shirt.
On 11 February 2007, Zubiaurre played his first La Liga match for Athletic, appearing against Atlético Madrid as a substitute in a 0–1 away defeat. That was to be his only game of the campaign, in which his team avoided relegation on the very last matchday.
Zubiaurre also only featured once in 2007–08, in a 0–2 loss at Getafe CF on 31 October 2007. After almost two years in the sidelines, he left in order to gain more playing time, joining second division side Elche CF on a season-long loan.
Returned to Athletic for the 2009–10 campaign, Zubiaurre's season input consisted of 15 minutes against FK Austria Wien (3–0 win at home), for the UEFA Europa League group stage. In July 2010 another loan ensued, also in the second level, as he joined Albacete Balompié.
- Spain U19
- Zubiaurre gets Athletic chance; UEFA.com, 1 July 2005
- El Athletic tendrá que pagar cinco millones a la Real por Zubiaurre (Athletic to pay Real Sociedad €5 millions for Zubiaurre); El Mundo, 5 June 2008 (Spanish)
- Zubiaurre earns Athletic all-clear; UEFA.com, 14 November 2006
- "Atlético Madrid 1–0 Athletic Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 11 February 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Getafe 2–0 Athletic Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Zubiaurre: "Es una alegría enorme jugar en el Elche" (Zubiaurre: "I am thrilled to play in Elche"); Elche CF, 12 August 2008 (Spanish)
- Irrepressible Athletic show their class; UEFA.com, 17 September 2009
- Koi, entre los ocho leones descartados por el argentino (Koi, amongst eight Lions deemed surplus to requirements by Argentine); Mundo Deportivo, 14 July 2011 (Spanish)
- Zubiaurre, un jugador maldito (Zubiurre, a damned footballer); ABC, 6 September 2013 (Spanish)