Manuel Iturra

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Manuel Iturra
Personal information
Full name Manuel Rolando Iturra Urrutia
Date of birth (1984-06-23) 23 June 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Temuco, Chile
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
Universidad Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Universidad Chile 216 (6)
2011–2012 União Leiria 11 (0)
2011–2012 Murcia 35 (1)
2012–2013 Málaga 25 (0)
2013–2015 Granada 64 (1)
2015–2016 Udinese 17 (0)
2016 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 6 (0)
2016– Necaxa 34 (0)
National team
2005–2012 Chile 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2017.

Manuel Rolando Iturra Urrutia (American Spanish: [ma'nwel i'tura]; born 23 June 1984) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Mexican club Club Necaxa as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

U. Chile / Leiria[edit]

Born in Temuco, Iturra made his top division debuts with Club Universidad de Chile in 2003, aged 19. He proceeded to be a first-team regular from his second season onwards, helping La U to the 2004 and 2009 Apertura tournaments.[1]

In January 2011 Iturra was loaned to U.D. Leiria in Portugal,[2] making his Primeira Liga debut on 12 February when he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against C.D. Nacional. He started in all but one of the league games he featured in for the club as it eventually finished in tenth position and, at the end on the season, signed on a permanent basis.


For 2011–12, Iturra joined Real Murcia in the Spanish Segunda División, on loan.[3] After appearing heavily during the campaign he returned to Leiria, where he had his contract terminated.

On 28 August 2012, free agent Iturra became the first summer signing of Málaga CF, as a direct replacement for Enzo Maresca who had moved to U.C. Sampdoria a few days before.[4] He made his official debut on 18 September in the club's first-ever UEFA Champions League group stage match, coming on as a half-time substitute for Francisco Portillo in a 3–0 home win over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[5]

On 16 January 2013, Iturra scored his first goal for Málaga, profitting from a defensive scramble to put the visitors ahead at the Camp Nou against FC Barcelona, in an eventual 2–2 draw for the season's Copa del Rey (4–6 aggregate loss).[6]

From 2013 to 2015, Iturra represented Granada CF also in La Liga after signing a three-year contract.[7] He made his competitive debut for his new team on 18 August, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 success at CA Osasuna.[8]


On 23 July 2015, Iturra joined Udinese Calcio, which like Granada was also owned by Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo.[9] He made his debut in Serie A on 23 August, playing the entire 1–0 away win against Juventus FC.[10]

On 30 January 2016, Iturra signed a six-month loan deal with Rayo Vallecano.[11] He made just four starts during his brief stay.[12]


On 4 June 2016, Iturra left Europe agreeing to a contract with Mexico's Club Necaxa.[12]

International career[edit]

Iturra made his debut for Chile on 18 August 2005, against Peru. On 24 May of the following year, he scored the game's only goal in a friendly match with the Republic of Ireland.[13]

Iturra represented the nation at the 2007 Copa América in Venezuela, helping it to the quarter-finals.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 May 2006 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–0 Win Friendly


  1. ^ "Manuel Iturra celebrará 200 partidos con la "U" ante Cruzeiro" [Manuel Iturra to celebrate 200 games with the "U" against Cruzeiro] (in Spanish). La Tercera. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Portugal/ Official, União Leiria signed Iturra". Transfermarketweb. 10 January 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "El Murcia ficha al centrocampista internacional chileno Manuel Iturra" [Murcia sign Chilean international midfielder Manuel Iturra]. ABC (in Spanish). 19 August 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "El fichaje más barato del jeque" [The sheikh's cheapest signing]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Magical Málaga make it a debut to remember". 18 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Malaga equalizer jolts Barca at Camp Nou". ESPN FC. 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "El Granada ficha a Iturra" [Granada sign Iturra]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 June 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Granada hold on for victory". ESPN FC. 18 August 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Udinese: arriva Iturra, ora sfoltire" [Udinese: Iturra arrives, now for some trimming down] (in Italian). Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Juventus-Udinese 0–1: il tabellino della gara" [Juventus-Udinese 0–1: the match report]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 23 August 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Rayo Vallecano confirm deals for Piti and Manuel Iturra". Diario AS. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Manuel Iturra, primer refuerzo del Necaxa" [Manuel Iturra, first Necaxa addition] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rep of Ireland 0–1 Chile". BBC Sport. 24 May 2006. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 

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