Josu Sarriegi

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Josu Sarriegi
Personal information
Full name Josu Sarriegi Zumarraga
Date of birth (1979-01-19) 19 January 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Lazkao, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1994–1997 Lazkao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Lazkao
1998–1999 Beasain 28 (0)
1999–2004 Alavés B 100 (3)
2000–2006 Alavés 85 (4)
2002–2003Eibar (loan) 28 (1)
2006–2007 Athletic Bilbao 36 (0)
2007–2012 Panathinaikos 98 (3)
Total 376 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Josu Sarriegi Zumarraga (born 19 January 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

In his country he played professionally with Alavés, Eibar and Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 71 La Liga games over the course of four seasons. He added 78 matches in Segunda División (five goals in total).

From 2007 until his retirement, Sarriegi represented Greece's Panathinaikos.

Club career[edit]

Sarriegi was born in Lazkao, Gipuzkoa. After having first appeared professionally with modest and amateur Basque clubs, he signed for Deportivo Alavés in 1999, making his first-team debut on 18 February 2001 in a 1–0 away win against CA Osasuna.[1]

After a loan with neighbours SD Eibar in the second division, Sarriegi renewed his contract for a further three years,[2] then played 28 games in the 2004–05 season as Alavés returned to La Liga after two years of absence. In the following campaign he was first-choice, but his team was relegated again.

Having missed only two league matches with another Basque side, Athletic Bilbao, in 2006–07, Sarriegi joined Greece's Panathinaikos FC in August 2007.[3] On 26 November of the following year he scored the winning goal for the Athens club as it defeated Inter Milan 1–0 at the San Siro, in a UEFA Champions League group stage match.[4]

On 9 July 2010, after appearing regularly during three years, 31-year-old Sarriegi extended his contract for a further two seasons.[5] The following year, after the departures of Djibril Cissé and Gilberto Silva, he was voted by his teammates as the new captain.


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