Javier Olaizola

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Javier Olaizola
Personal information
Full name Javier Olaizola Rodríguez
Date of birth (1969-11-28) 28 November 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Eibar 38 (0)
1992–1994 Burgos 48 (0)
1994–1995 Eibar 36 (0)
1995–2004 Mallorca 272 (1)
Total 394 (1)
Teams managed
2008 Antiguoko
2013–2014 Mallorca (youth)
2014 Mallorca (caretaker)
2014–2016 Mallorca B
2016–2017 Mallorca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Olaizola and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.

Javier Olaizola Rodríguez (born 28 November 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a right back, and a current manager.

Most of his 13-year professional career was spent with Mallorca, with which he appeared in 330 competitive games and won two major titles.

Football career[edit]

Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Olaizola's first professional club was SD Eibar in his native Basque Country, in the second division. Subsequently, he played two seasons with Real Burgos CF, going on to suffer two consecutive drops and returning for a second spell with his previous team afterwards.

In 1995, Olaizola signed with RCD Mallorca, immediately becoming an undisputed starter as well as team captain and helping the Balearic Islands side to the 1998 Spanish Supercup against La Liga giants FC Barcelona, as well as a second place in the following year's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.[1] His first and only goal in the top flight – and overall – came on 17 December 2000, as he scored a last-minute equalizer at Celta de Vigo (2–2).[2]

Olaizola played only 27 matches in his last two years combined, due to several injuries and age,[3] and retired at almost 35. He then had brief spells as manager, with Mallorca's youth teams and Antiguoko (also a youth club, in the Basque region).[4]

On 6 December 2016, after Fernando Vázquez's dismissal, Olaizola – who was in charge of the reserves – was appointed manager of Mallorca, who now competed in the second level.[5] He was himself sacked the following 4 April, after his side was seriously threatened with relegation.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Olaizola's older brother, Julio (19 years his senior), was also a footballer and a defender. He played in ten top flight seasons with Real Sociedad.[3]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 31 March 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Mallorca (caretaker)[7] Spain 20 May 2014 30 June 2014 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 33.33
Mallorca B[8] Spain 11 July 2014 6 December 2016 95 40 28 27 134 99 +35 42.11
Mallorca Spain 6 December 2016 4 April 2017 15 2 6 7 14 21 −7 13.33
Total 113 43 36 34 151 121 +30 38.05




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