Ariel Miguel Santiago Ibagaza (born 27 October 1976) is an Argentine retired footballer. Nicknamed El Caño, his usual position was attacking midfielder, and he was well known for his technique and vision.
Ibagaza in action for Olympiacos in 2011
|Full name||Ariel Miguel Santiago Ibagaza|
|Date of birth||27 October 1976|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Buenos Aires, Ibagaza began his professional career with Club Atlético Lanús, and moved in July 1998 to RCD Mallorca in Spain alongside teammate Gustavo Siviero (another Argentine, Carlos Roa, had done the same move the previous season), being part of the Balearic Islands side that finished third in his first year, narrowly missing on UEFA Champions League group stage entry.
In the 2000–01 campaign Ibagaza, best known for his playmaking decisions, scored a career-best ten goals, and continued to be an undisputed starter – and team captain – for Mallorca until his departure for Atlético Madrid, in July 2003. He renewed his contract in March 2006, but found himself surplus to requirements at the start of 2006–07, and arranged a move back to Mallorca, being among the top assisters in the second season after the return.
Ibagaza signed a €1.5 million deal with Villarreal CF in early July 2008, for two seasons. Two years later, after two irregular seasons, marred by some physical problems (even though he still managed to appear in more than 60 official games with the Valencian team), the 34-year-old moved to Olympiacos F.C. in Greece, agreeing to a two-year deal.
Ibagaza scored his first official goal for the Piraeus club in a 1–0 away win against Asteras Tripoli FC, and went on to contribute with 24 matches (no goals) as his team won the national championship. He left in June 2014 after 97 competitive appearances and a further three domestic leagues and, on 20 August of that year, signed for one year with fellow league side Panionios FC.
- Jugadores de ayer y de hoy: Ariel Ibagaza (Players of yesterday and today: Ariel Ibagaza) Archived 8 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine; RCDM, 4 February 2010 (in Spanish)
- "Ibagaza y Siviero ya son bermellones" [Ibagaza and Siviero are already vermilions] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 28 June 1998. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- Ibagaza makes Atlético commitment; UEFA, 17 March 2006
- Ibagaza adds to Villarreal influx; UEFA, 7 July 2008
- Villarreal's Ibagaza joins Olympiacos; UEFA, 12 July 2010
- Τελικά Πανιώνιο… [Finally Panionios] (in Greek). In PAOK. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
- "El 'Caño' Ibagaza seguirá en Grecia, pero cambia de equipo" ['Cãno' Ibagaza will continue in Greece, but in a new team] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
- "Eto'o pone Mallorca a brindar" [Eto'o has Mallorca toasting]. El País (in Spanish). 29 June 2003. Retrieved 5 April 2016.