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Javier Irureta
Personal information
Full name Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano
Date of birth April 1, 1948 (1948-04-01) (age 61)
Place of birth    Irún, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1965–1967
1967–1975
1975–1980
Real Unión
Atlético Madrid
Athletic Bilbao

208 0(48)
139 0(22)   
National team
1969–1971
1967
1972–1975
1979
Spain U23
Spain amateur
Spain
Euskadi XI
004 00(0)
004 00(2)
006 00(0)
001 00(0)
Teams managed
1984–1988
1988–1989
1989–1993
1993–1994
1994–1995
1995–1997
1997–1998
1998–2005
2006
2008
Sestao SC
Logroñés
Real Oviedo
Racing Santander
Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad
Celta Vigo
Deportivo La Coruña
Real Betis
Real Zaragoza

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (born April 1, 1948 in Irún, Guipúzcoa), Irureta for short, is a former Spanish footballer, and a current manager.

Irureta had a distinguished playing career as a forward with both Atlético de Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao. Along with Adelardo, Luis Aragonés and José Eulogio Gárate, he was a prominent member of the successful Atlético teams of the early 1970s.

As a manager he coached several La Liga clubs, most notably Deportivo de La Coruña. He is the only person to have coached both the two major Galician (Deportivo and Celta de Vigo) and Basque (Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad) sides.

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Playing career

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Atlético Madrid

As a player Irureta made his senior debut for local team Real Unión, in 1965. Two years later he helped it reach the second division play-offs before joining Atlético Madrid later that year. During his time at Atlético he was part of a team that won two league titles and a domestic cup.

The colchoneros also reached the European Cup final in 1973–74. After the winners, FC Bayern Munich, declined to participate in the Intercontinental Cup, Atlético, as runners-up, were invited instead. Facing Club Atlético Independiente of Argentina, the side won 2–1 on aggregate, with Irureta scoring one of the goals in the 2–0 second-leg home win.

Athletic Bilbao

After eight seasons at Atlético, Irureta returned to the Basque Country and signed for Athletic Bilbao. The highlight of his career there was winning two runners-up medals in 1977 - Spanish and UEFA Cups. Among his teammates were the veteran José Ángel Iribar and an emerging José Ramón Alexanko.

International career

Irureta won six caps for Spain between 1972 and 1975. However, it was not successful time for the national side, and he never took part in any major tournament. Towards the end of his playing career, Irureta also played one game for the Basque Country national football team.

Coaching career

Early years/Deportivo de La Coruña

As a coach, Irureta started with lowly CD Logroñés, then led Real Oviedo to a sixth-place finish in 1990–91, with subsequent UEFA Cup qualification. He repeated the feat with Celta (where he was awarded Manager Of the Year titles by both Don Balón and El País) in 1998. In 1994–95, he briefly returned to Athletic Bilbao, then coached neighbours Real Sociedad.

However, his greatest successes came with Deportivo de La Coruña, between 1998 and 2005 (in 2000, Don Balón bestowed upon him a second coaching award). In his second year, he led Depor to its first ever league title, adding runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2002, and third-places in the following two years, while also achieving UEFA Champions League quarterfinals in 2001 and 2002 and the semifinalis in 2004. In 2002, the club also won the domestic cup, beating Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Real Betis

Irureta quit as coach of Real Betis,[1][2]after the club's poor start to 2006–07, stepping down on December 21, 2006, after just seven months in charge. Irureta, who had a one-year contract, stated: "My contract has been rescinded by mutual agreement but I made the first move. We could have continued like this for much longer but it wasn't good".

Later career

In October 2007, Irureta put his name forward to be the new coach of English side Bolton Wanderers, but lost out in the running to Gary Megson, and was also touted by December as possible replacement for Real Sociedad's Chris Coleman.

Eventually, he took over at Real Zaragoza, replacing Víctor Fernández.[3]However, on March 3, 2008, after merely one 1/2 months in charge, he resigned, arguing that never, as a manager, had he lost four games in a row, and that he did not feel up to the task of stopping the side's slump into the relegation zone (eventually, the Aragonese were relegated). He was quickly replaced by former Zaragoza goalkeeper Manolo Villanova, whom at the time coached Sociedad Deportiva Huesca.

Honours

Player

Manager

References

  1. ^ Irureta returns with Betis; UEFA.com, 12 June 2006
  2. ^ Irureta says goodbye to Betis; UEFA.com, 21 December 2006
  3. ^ Zaragoza turn to Irureta; UEFA.com, 23 January 2008

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Javier Irureta
Personal information
Full name Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano
Date of birth 1 April 1948 (1948-04-01) (age 62)
Place of birth    Irún, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1967-1975
1975-1980
Atlético Madrid
Athletic Bilbao
National team
1972-1975 Spain
Teams managed
1984-1988
1988-1989
1989-1993
1993-1994
1994-1995
1995-1997
1997-1998
1998-2005
2006
2008
Sestao
Logroñés
Real Oviedo
Racing Santander
Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad
Celta de Vigo
Deportivo La Coruña
Real Betis Balompié
Real Zaragoza

Javier Irureta (born 1 April 1948) is a former Spanish football player. He has played for Spain national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
1967/68Atlético MadridLa Liga130
1968/69277
1969/70231
1970/712712
1971/72338
1972/73308
1973/74266
1974/75296
1975/76Athletic BilbaoLa Liga338
1976/77325
1977/78325
1978/79334
1979/8060
CountrySpain 34470
Total 34470

International career statistics

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
197220
197320
197410
197510
Total60

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