Txema Añibarro

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Txema Añibarro
Personal information
Full name José María Añibarro Astondoa
Date of birth (1979-07-26) 26 July 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Zeberio, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao (youth)
Youth career
1997–1998 Padura
1998–1999 Indartsu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Galdakano
2000–2002 Arratia
2002–2003 Lemona
2003–2004 Aurrerá Ondarroa
2004–2005 Gernika
2005–2008 Sestao 93 (4)
2008–2015 Eibar 169 (2)
Teams managed
2015– Athletic Bilbao (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José María 'Txema' Añibarro Astondoa (born 26 July 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He spent most of his professional career with Eibar, after signing at the age of 29.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Zeberio, Biscay, Añibarro played amateur football well into his 20s.[3][4] In the 2005 summer, he joined Sestao River Club in Tercera División, and appeared in 32 matches in his debut season, which ended in promotion.

On 5 June 2008, Añibarro signed with Basque neighbours SD Eibar.[5] He played his first match as a professional on 3 September, starting and being sent off in a 0–1 loss at CD Castellón for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[6] He made his Segunda División debut on the 20th, starting in a 0–0 home draw against Celta de Vigo,[7] and scored his first professional goal on 25 April of the following year, but in a 2–3 home loss to Real Zaragoza.[8]

Añibarro appeared in 25 matches in his first season, as the Armeros were relegated to the third level.[9] He remained as a starter in the following years, contributing with 27 appearances in the promotion campaign of 2012–13.

On 25 June 2014, after Eibar's promotion to La Liga,[10] 34-year-old Añibarro renewed his contract for a further year.[11] He only made his debut in the competition on 16 January of the following year, coming on as a second half substitute for Borja Ekiza in a 1–1 away draw against Córdoba CF.[12]

Añibarro announced his retirement on 17 June 2015, being immediately appointed coach at Athletic Bilbao's Cadete C team.[13][14]

Club statistics[edit]

[15]

Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sestao 2005–06 Tercera División 32 3 32 3
2006–07[16] Segunda División B 31 1 1 0 32 1
2007–08[16] Segunda División B 30 0 1 0 31 0
Total 93 4 2 0 95 4
Eibar 2008–09[16] Segunda División 25 1 1 0 26 1
2009–10[16] Segunda División B 30 0 1 0 4[a] 0 35 0
2010–11[16] Segunda División B 33 1 1 0 4[a] 0 38 1
2011–12[16] Segunda División B 30 0 2 0 2[a] 0 34 0
2012–13[16] Segunda División B 21 0 6 0 6[a] 0 33 0
2013–14[16] Segunda División 15 0 2 0 17 0
2014–15[16] La Liga 15 0 1 0 16 0
Total 169 2 14 0 16 0 199 2
Career total 262 6 16 0 16 0 294 6
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Promotion play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Txema Añibarro no quiere «jugar en otro equipo que no sea el Eibar» (Txema Añibarro does not want to «play for a club other than Eibar»); El Correo, 17 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Txema Añibarro: 'Messi igual piensa que Añibarro es un río de Eibar' (Txema Añibarro: 'Maybe Messi thinks Añibarro is a river in Eibar'); El Mundo, 14 March 2015 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Añibarro; at Futbolistas Vascos de Bronce (in Spanish)
  4. ^ 43 novatos (43 rookies); Mundo Deportivo, 25 October 2002 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Eibar ficha al central Txema Añibarro y al lateral Alvaro Martínez, del Sestao (Eibar sign stopper Txema Añibarro and full-back Alvaro Martínez, from Sestao); El Correo, 10 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El Castellón ilusiona a su afición y pasa a la siguiente ronda (Castellón excite supporters and go through to the next round); Levante-EMV, 4 September 2008 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Celta consigue su primer punto en Ipurúa (Celta get their first point in Ipurúa); Marca, 20 September 2008 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El Zaragoza coquetea con el desastre (Zaragoza flirt with disaster); Marca, 25 April 2009 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Una regeneración completa, o casi, para una nueva etapa (Complete regeneration, or nearly, for a new spell); Gara, 3 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Añibarro: "Voy a cumplir mi sueño de pequeño de jugar en Primera y con el Eibar" (Añibarro: "I am going to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in Primera and with Eibar"); Marca, 17 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Txema Añibarro renueva por una temporada (Txema Añibarro renews for a season); SD Eibar, 25 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Eibar aprovecha una mala noche (Eibar take advantage of a bad night); Marca, 16 January 2015 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Organigrama de técnicos de Lezama (Lezama's coach organigram); Athletic Bilbao, 17 June 2015 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Añibarro se retira y ficha por el Athletic como técnico (Añibarro retires and signs for Athletic as coach); Marca, 18 June 2015 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Txema Añibarro at Soccerway
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Añibarro: José María Añibarro Astondoa". BDFutbol. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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