José Ignacio Aizpurúa

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José Aizpurúa
Personal information
Full name José Ignacio Aizpurúa Alzaga
Date of birth (1970-05-05) 5 May 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Irun, Spain
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 CD Landetxa
1991–1994 Real Unión
1994–2003 Salamanca 167 (0)
2002–2003 Real Sociedad 0 (0)
2002–2003 Levante (loan) 9 (0)
2003–2007 Levante 8 (0)
Total 184 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Ignacio Aizpurúa Alzaga (born 5 May 1970) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He spent most of his 16-year professional career with Salamanca, playing in three La Liga seasons with the club. His last years were spent with Levante, where he later worked in other capacities.

Football career[edit]

Born in Irun, Basque Country, Aizpurúa made his professional debuts at the age of 21, playing three seasons with hometown's Real Unión, the last spent in the third division. Subsequently, he left for UD Salamanca, where he remained eight years making nearly 200 official appearances; in 1995–96 he appeared in 40 La Liga games, but the Castile and León side was relegated back to the second level after finishing last.

In the 2003 summer, after a season loaned at Levante UD by Real Sociedad – which first loaned the player to Burgos CF, aborting the move following the club's relegation from division two due to irregularities –[1][2] Aizpurúa signed permanently with the same team,[3] only managing to be a backup in his four overall seasons at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia; in 2004–05, the only year he spent in the top flight during this timeframe, he did not manage to appear in the league, playing understudy to Juan Luis Mora as the Granotas ranked 18th with the subsequent relegation.

Following his retirement in February 2007 at the age of 37 (he was not registered during that campaign), Aizpurúa continued working with Levante in directorial capacities and as youth system coordinator.[4]

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