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Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao (born 21 June 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played solely for Athletic Bilbao, and is the manager of Barakaldo CF.

Aitor Larrazábal
Personal information
Full name Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao
Date of birth (1971-06-21) 21 June 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Barakaldo (coach)
Youth career
1982–1989 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Bilbao Athletic 43 (2)
1990–2004 Athletic Bilbao 390 (39)
Total 433 (41)
National team
1990 Spain U20 1 (0)
1990–1991 Spain U21 4 (0)
1991 Spain U23 3 (0)
1997 Basque Country 1 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Gatika
2009–2011 Lemona
2011–2015 Athletic Bilbao (youth)
2016 Marbella
2016–2017 Amorebieta
2017– Barakaldo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A left back of offensive penchant, he appeared in 445 official games for his only club and was also a penalty kick specialist, scoring at least one La Liga goal in 13 of his 14 professional seasons.[1][2]

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Club careerEdit

PlayerEdit

Larrazábal was born in Bilbao, Biscay. Having joined Athletic Bilbao's youth ranks at 11, he started playing professionally with its reserves in Segunda División, and made his first-team debut on 2 September 1990 in a 0–1 away loss against CD Tenerife,[3] finishing his first year in La Liga with 18 games.

From then onwards, Larrazábal was an undisputed starter for the Basques, scoring and assisting alike. In the 1997–98 season, as Bilbao finished runner-up, he scored a career-best seven league goals, being instrumental as his team qualified for the subsequent edition of the UEFA Champions League, where he featured, for instance, in both group stage draws against Juventus FC, although they eventually ranked last.

After the emergence of Asier del Horno (another Lezama youth graduate) in the 2002–03 campaign, Larrazábal still featured prominently in his last two seasons combined – 36 matches, three goals – but eventually retired from the game in May 2004 at the age of 33, after a two-decade link with a sole club.[4]

CoachEdit

Larrazábal subsequently became a coach: after starting in amateur football, he joined lowly SD Lemona (Basque Country) from Segunda División B in 2009, leading the side to the sixth position in his first year and narrowly missing out on play-off qualification. After a second season in Lemoa in which the team reached the final of the Copa Federación de España,[5] he returned to Athletic Bilbao to take up a position as sporting director, following the election of former teammate Josu Urrutia as president in July 2011.[6][7]

In 2013, a reorganisation of functions at the club saw Larrazábal take over responsibility for its youth system, with José María Amorrortu (the director of football) focusing on the senior team.[8] The former resigned from the position in summer 2015,[7][9] citing professional differences and a desire to return to managerial roles.[10]

In April 2016, Larrazábal became manager of third-tier Marbella FC for a short spell,[11] and although they only collected two points from his three games in charge, it was enough to successfully steer them away from the relegation zone by the end of the campaign.[12] For the following season he moved back to the Basque Country, taking control of fellow league side SD Amorebieta;[12] they escaped relegation by a single point.

In June 2017, Larrazábal was appointed at Barakaldo CF in the same division.[7][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Larrazábal's son, Gaizka, was also a footballer.[14] A right winger by position, in summer 2017 he joined Athletic Bilbao (being assigned to the reserves) from SD Zamudio, having played against the Amorebieta team managed by his father during the preceding season.[15]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 2 June 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Gatika   1 July 2008 30 June 2009 34 16 11 7 38 25 +13 047.06 [16]
Lemona   1 July 2009 30 June 2011 77 26 29 22 95 72 +23 033.77 [17]
Marbella   26 April 2016 15 June 2016 3 0 2 1 7 9 −2 000.00 [18]
Amorebieta   15 June 2016 5 June 2017 41 14 10 17 52 53 −1 034.15 [19]
Barakaldo   5 June 2017 Present 79 34 25 20 93 70 +23 043.04 [20]
Career Total 234 90 77 67 285 229 +56 038.46

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Histórico rentable" [Reliable legend] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 March 2004. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Iraola es el defensa más goleador de toda la Liga" [Iraola is the defender with the most goals in the entire League] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ "El Tenerife "rugió" primero" [Tenerife "roared" first]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 September 1990. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ Andresen prolongs Stabæk stay; UEFA, 21 May 2004
  5. ^ "Declaraciones de Aitor Larrazabal: "El triunfo nos da prestigio"" [Declarations by Aitor Larrazabal: "Triumph gives us prestige"] (in Spanish). SD Lemona. 18 March 2011. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Marcelo Bielsa ya está en Lezama" [Marcelo Bielsa is already at Lezama]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Aitor Larrazabal, nuevo entrenador del Barakaldo" [Aitor Larrazabal, new manager of Barakaldo]. Deia (in Spanish). 5 June 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Aitor Larrazabal es el nuevo jefe de Lezama" [Aitor Larrazabal is the new chief at Lezama] (in Spanish). Vavel. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Amorrortu coge fuerza cuando hacía las maletas" [Amorrortu gets stronger just when he was packing]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 June 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Larrazabal dimite como director de la cantera del Athletic" [Larrazabal resigns as director of Athletic's academy]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 June 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  11. ^ "El Marbella FC ficha como entrenador al vasco Aitor Larrazabal" [Marbella FC sign Basque Aitor Larrazabal as coach] (in Spanish). Marbella 24 Horas. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Aitor Larrazabal, nuevo entrenador del Amorebieta" [Aitor Larrazabal, new manager of Amorebieta]. Deia (in Spanish). 15 June 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Joseba Etxeberria, al Amorebieta y Larrazabal, al Barakaldo" [Joseba Etxeberria to Amorebieta and Larrazabal to Barakaldo]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 June 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Gaizka Larrazabal profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  15. ^ "El Athletic se hace con los servicios de Gaizka Larrazabal" [Athletic secure the services of Gaizka Larrazabal]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 5 April 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  16. ^ "División de Honor Regional Vizcaína 2008–09" [Vizcayan Honour Regional Division 2008–09] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Larrazábal: Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
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  18. ^ "Larrazábal: Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Larrazábal: Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Larrazábal: Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
    "Larrazábal: Aitor Larrazábal Bilbao". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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