Nacho (footballer, born June 1980)

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For Another Spanish footballers with the same nickname, see Nacho (disambiguation).
Nacho (Ignacio Pérez Santamaría), 2011.jpg
Nacho training with Betis in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ignacio Pérez Santamaría
Date of birth (1980-06-24) 24 June 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Málaga B 112 (17)
2002–2006 Málaga 36 (3)
2004–2005 Levante (loan) 27 (4)
2006–2009 Getafe 40 (4)
2008 Real Sociedad (loan) 16 (1)
2008–2009 Málaga (loan) 34 (1)
2009–2014 Betis 150 (1)
Total 415 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Santamaría.

Ignacio Pérez Santamaría (born 24 June 1980), known as Nacho, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a left back (he could also operate as a left midfielder).

He appeared in 220 La Liga games during nine seasons, scoring 13 goals combined for Málaga (two spells), Levante, Getafe and Betis. He added 124 matches and three goals in Segunda División.

Football career[edit]

A product of Málaga CF's youth system, Nacho was born in Málaga, and he made his first-team debut on 23 February 2003 in a 1–1 La Liga home draw against Celta de Vigo.[1] He went on to play four seasons with the Andalusians, with a loan to fellow league club Levante UD in between.

In July 2006, upon Málaga's top flight relegation, Nacho joined Madrid's Getafe CF. Scarcely used during his second season he would be loaned in January 2008 to second level's Real Sociedad, as the Basques ultimately failed to return to the top flight, with the player appearing in 16 matches – 13 as a starter.

Nacho was loaned again for the 2008–09 campaign, rejoining former side Málaga. Mainly used as a substitute he scored his first goal in his second spell in a 3–1 away win over Real Valladolid on 22 February 2009,[2] helping them finish eighth immediately after promoting.

In late August 2009, Nacho moved to Real Betis in division two, for the next three seasons.[3] During most of his stint he was used as an attacking left back,[4] and played 34 games in his second year as the Verdiblancos returned to the top division after two years.

Personal life[edit]

Nacho's father, who also bore the same nickname, played as a defender for CD Málaga during 1976–84, appearing in 69 top division games over the course of four seasons. There, he shared teams with his brother Juan Carlos, who still spent the following campaign with the club, and both continued to work there (under its new denomination) in medical capacities following their retirement.

Nacho's brother, Perico, played for the club's reserves.[5][6][7]


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