Idígoras in 1981
|Full name||Santiago Idígoras Bilbao|
|Date of birth||24 June 1953|
|Place of birth||Oñati, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Oñati, Gipuzkoa, Idígoras was a product of local Real Sociedad's youth system. After two seasons with the reserves he was promoted to the first team for the 1974–75 campaign, making his La Liga debut on 15 September 1974 in a 0–1 away loss against Celta de Vigo on 15 September 1974, and finishing his first year with 25 games and four goals as the Txuriurdin finished in fourth position.
Idígoras was a very important first-team member for the Basque during his seven-year spell, never appearing in less than 25 league matches and helping Real to the 1981 national championship, with the player contributing with 29 games – 21 starts – and three goals; due to his physical appearance (pale white and blond), he was given the nickname El Vikingo de Oñati (Viking from Oñati).
Idígoras left Real Sociedad after that conquest, having appeared in a total of 255 official games for the club (47 goals), and signed for Puebla F.C. in Mexico. He was offered a hefty contract as the club was trying to build up a championship-caliber team that year, and joined compatriots Juan Manuel Asensi (ex-FC Barcelona) and Pirri (Real Madrid), but La Franja eventually did not qualify for the playoff rounds.
In the 1982 summer, after one sole season abroad, Idígoras returned to Spain and joined Valencia CF, teaming up with Mario Kempes. He struggled during the season, losing his starting position midway through the campaign, with the Che also finishing in 15th position.
Idígoras closed his career in 1985 at the age of 32 after two years with Deportivo Alavés in the third division, helping the club to two consecutive third-place finishes, albeit without playoff promotion.
After retiring Idígoras ran a gym in San Sebastián, in his native region.
- Real Sociedad
- "1–0: El Celta, mejor que la Real Sociedad" [1–0: Celta, better than Real Sociedad]. El Mundo Deportivo. 16 September 1974. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
- "Equipo Puebla 1980–1981 y 81/82" [Puebla team 1980–1981 and 81/82] (in Spanish). Puebla80s Blogspot. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Santiago Idígoras profile at BDFutbol
- National team data (Spanish)
- Santiago Idígoras at National-Football-Teams.com
- Santiago Idígoras – FIFA competition record
- Stats and bio at CiberChe (Spanish)