Ander Alaña

Ander Alaña Puerta (born 20 November 1981) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central defender, and is a current manager.

Ander Alaña
Personal information
Full name Ander Alaña Puerta
Date of birth (1981-11-20) 20 November 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao (youth)
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Basconia 33 (3)
2000–2003 Bilbao Athletic 95 (3)
2003–2009 Eibar 129 (7)
2009–2010 Poli Ejido 15 (2)
2010–2011 Alavés 42 (0)
2011–2013 Amorebieta 49 (6)
2013–2015 Leioa 50 (2)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Athletic Bilbao (youth)
2017–2018 Basconia
2018– Athletic Bilbao (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Alaña graduated from Athletic Bilbao's youth system at Lezama, and made his senior debut with the farm team in 1999–2000, in Tercera División. He was promoted to the reserves in July 2000,[1] going on to compete in three Segunda División B seasons with the side before being released in June 2003.[2]

In the summer of 2003, Alaña joined neighbouring club SD Eibar. He appeared in his first game as a professional on 14 September 2003, starting in a 0–0 home draw against Córdoba CF for the Segunda División championship.[3]

Alaña scored his first goal in the second tier on 7 February 2004, his team's in a 1–1 home draw against Recreativo de Huelva.[4] He played 26 matches during the campaign, helping to a tenth-place finish.

After appearing in an average of roughly 22 games per year (he also missed most of 2005–06 due to injury), Alaña was released by the Armeros on 24 June 2009.[5] He subsequently resumed his career mostly in division three, representing Polideportivo Ejido,[6] Deportivo Alavés,[7] SD Amorebieta[8] and SD Leioa.[9] He also helped the last club win promotion to that level in 2014.

Coaching careerEdit

In July 2017, one year after working as a coach with Athletic's youths, Alaña was appointed head coach of their third team Basconia.[10] After a poor season in which they barely escaped relegation, he was replaced in the role by Aritz Solabarrieta but remained with the club, taking charge of the Cadete B (under-15) squad.[11]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 5 December 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Basconia   19 July 2017 21 June 2018 38 10 13 15 49 46 +3 026.32 [12]
Career total 38 10 13 15 49 46 +3 026.32


  1. ^ "Se presentaron Bilbao Athletic y Baskonia" [Bilbao Athletic and Basconia are presented] (in Spanish). Athletic Bilbao. 27 July 2000. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Staff restructuring". Athletic Bilbao. 26 June 2003. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ Imedio, Óscar (15 September 2003). "Falla la puntería en Eibar" [Shooting blanks in Eibar]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Sólo la estrategia mueve el marcador en Ipurua" [Only strategy makes scoreline move at Ipurua]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 February 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ Gómez, Letizia (24 June 2009). "Ander Alaña abandona con tristeza el Eibar tras seis intensos años en el club" [Ander Alaña leaves Eibar with sadness after six intense years at the club]. El Correo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Ander Alaña afronta "con ilusión" una nueva etapa en el Polideportivo Ejido" [Ander Alaña faces new stage at Polideportivo Ejido "with hunger"]. El Correo (in Spanish). 29 August 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  7. ^ Martínez Viguri, José Ángel (22 January 2010). "Ander Alaña se acerca al Alavés" [Ander Alaña nears Alavés]. El Correo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Ander Alaña, experiencia para la zaga del Amorebieta" [Ander Alaña, experience for Amorebieta's back sector] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Ander Alaña, nuevo fichaje de la S.D. Leioa" [Ander Alaña, new S.D. Leioa addition] (in Spanish). SD Leioa. 21 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Presentación del CD Basconia" [Presentation of CD Basconia] (in Spanish). Athletic Bilbao. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  11. ^ Suso, Ramón (21 June 2018). "Solabarrieta sube al Basconia; Galiano, al Juvenil A y Alaña baja al Cadete B" [Solabarrieta goes up to Basconia; Galiano, to Juvenile A and Alaña down to Cadet B]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ "CD Basconia" (in Spanish). Resultados Fútbol. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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