Iban Zubiaurre

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Iban Zubiaurre
Personal information
Full name Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia
Date of birth (1983-01-22) 22 January 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Mendaro, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Real Sociedad B 53 (2)
2004–2005 Real Sociedad 14 (0)
2006–2013 Athletic Bilbao 2 (0)
2008–2009 Elche (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2011 Albacete (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Salamanca (loan) 33 (3)
2013 Racing Santander 0 (0)
Total 135 (6)
National team
1999–2000 Spain U16 8 (0)
2001 Spain U17 3 (0)
2001 Spain U18 5 (0)
2002 Spain U19 5 (0)
2005 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zubiaurre and the second or maternal family name is Urrutia.

Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia (born 22 January 1983 in Mendaro, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right back.

Club career[edit]

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.[1] 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,[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] In July 2010 another loan ensued, also in the second level, as he joined Albacete Balompié.

Zubiaurre was deemed surplus to requirements at Athletic in 2011–12 after the appointment of manager Marcelo Bielsa, alongside teammates Koikili and Aitor Ocio. He remained with the team, however.[8]

Zubiaurre was loaned to UD Salamanca in the third level for the 2012–13 season. He moved to Racing de Santander in August 2013, being waived after only one month and no matches played.[9]


Spain U19


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