SD Itxako

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Short nameSociedad Deportiva Itxako
ArenaPolideportivo Municipal Lizarrerria, Estella
Capacity2,000 seats
PresidentMiguel Bujanda
2012–13División de Honor, 11th
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Sociedad Deportiva Itxako, known as Asfi Itxako for sponsorship reasons, was a Spanish women's handball team from Estella-Lizarra, Navarre. Itxako were four times Spanish league winners and the EHF Women's Champions League runners-up.


Itxako Reyno de Navarra is the professional top level women's team of the S.D. Itxako (Spanish: Sociedad Deportiva Itxako, Itxako Sports Society). The S.D. was founded in 1972. The women's handball department started in 1990 with a young age category team.[1] Ten years later, in 2000, the senior team won the promotion to the top division for women's clubs in Spain, Honor Division (Spanish: División de Honor).[2]

Itxako's first appearance in a European competition was the Women's EHF Cup 2003/04. They were defeated at the eight-finals by Győri Audi ETO KC.[3] In 2008 they finished second in the Spanish league, tied in points with the winner Elda Prestigio. Also during that season Itxako reached the finals of the EHF Cup but lost the title to Russian club HC Dinamo Volgograd. 2009 brought the first title of the club when Itxako secured the first place at the Spanish league.[4] The success was doubled when they won the EHF Cup against German club HC Leipzig.[5][6]

The club didn't enrolled any handball team for 2013–14 season as they are experiencing serious financial problems from 2011 after losing main sponsor Asfi. [7] Finally, on 17 October, 2013, the club was liquidated by a court order. [8]


Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Notes
1998–99 3 Segunda Nacional 1st (Sector A) Promoted
1999–00 2 Primera Nacional 1st (Group B) Promoted
2000–01 1 División de Honor 9th
2001–02 1 División de Honor 7th
2002–03 1 División de Honor 4th
2003–04 1 División de Honor 5th
2004–05 1 División de Honor 4th
2005–06 1 División de Honor 4th
Season Tier Division Pos. Notes
2006–07 1 División de Honor 4th
2007–08 1 División de Honor 2nd
2008–09 1 División de Honor 1st League champion
2009–10 1 División de Honor 1st League/Cup champion
2010–11 1 División de Honor 1st League/Cup champion
2011–12 1 División de Honor 1st League/Cup champion
2012–13 1 División de Honor 11th
2013–14 DNP

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  1. ^ "S.D. Itxako - History" (in Spanish). S.D. Itxako. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  2. ^ "Promociones Primera Estatal Femenina" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  3. ^ "EHF European Cup 2003/04 - Clubs - S.D. Itxako Estella". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  4. ^ "El Itxako se proclama campeón de la Liga ABF" (in Spanish). Diario de Navarra. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  5. ^ "Doblete histórico del Itxako" (in Spanish). Diario de Navarra. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  6. ^ "EHF European Cup 2008/09 - Rounds - Final". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  7. ^ Itxako ceases sport activity Archived 2013-09-06 at Noticias de Navarra, August 23, 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Itxako, liquidated by court order Noticias de Navarra, 17 October, 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Usúa, Rubén (22 May 2008). "Estella ya vibra con el partido del sábado" (in Spanish). Diario de Noticias. Retrieved 2009-05-17.

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