Asier Riesgo

Asier Riesgo Unamuno (born 6 October 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Girona FC as a goalkeeper.

Asier Riesgo
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Riesgo with Eibar in 2016
Personal information
Full name Asier Riesgo Unamuno
Date of birth (1983-10-06) 6 October 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Deba, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
Amaikak Bat
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Real Sociedad B 18 (0)
2002–2010 Real Sociedad 127 (0)
2002–2004Eibar (loan) 57 (0)
2008–2009Recreativo (loan) 38 (0)
2010–2015 Osasuna 26 (0)
2015–2019 Eibar 65 (0)
2019– Girona 0 (0)
National team
2001 Spain U17 2 (0)
2001–2002 Spain U19 2 (0)
2003 Spain U20 10 (0)
2004–2005 Spain U21 9 (0)
2003– Basque Country 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:50, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Born in Deba, Gipuzkoa, and a product of Real Sociedad's youth academy, Riesgo made his professional debut with neighbouring SD Eibar in the second division, where he would play for one and a half seasons. In March 2004, he was recalled from his loan due to an injury to first-choice Sander Westerveld.[1]

After Westerveld was waived in the summer, Riesgo became a starter for the Basques, making his La Liga debut on 29 August 2004 in a 1–1 home draw against Levante UD.[2] From the 2006–07 campaign onwards he battled with newly signed Claudio Bravo for starting duties; with the Chilean as the first-choice, Real were relegated.

In 2007–08, however, Riesgo played all 42 league matches,[3] although the team did not achieve a top flight return. In August 2008 he was loaned to Recreativo de Huelva for 350.000, with the club having the option to make the move permanent afterwards for €4.3 million and not having to pay the player's wages.[4]

An undisputed starter throughout the season, Riesgo stopped two penalty kicks on 4 January 2009, helping league strugglers Recre beat CD Numancia 3–1 at home.[5] On 11 April he became the first to ever deny Lionel Messi a penalty, clawing the Argentine's effort out of the air as he saw his side bow down to a 0–2 defeat at FC Barcelona;[6] the Andalusians eventually dropped down a level, with him appearing in all 38 fixtures.

In December 2009, Riesgo served a trial at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur as potential cover for injured Carlo Cudicini, lost for the campaign after a motorcycle accident.[7] Upon his return, he found himself third-choice at Real Sociedad behind Bravo and Eñaut Zubikarai, totalling only 630 minutes of play as they returned to the top level after three years.[8][9]

On 18 June 2010, Riesgo – whose contract with Real Sociedad had expired – signed for Navarrese neighbours CA Osasuna, for three years.[10] He acted solely as backup during his tenure with the club, first to Ricardo then Andrés Fernández.[11]

Riesgo returned to Eibar in the 2015 off-season after agreeing to a one-year deal, as the team was now in the top flight.[12] On 2 September 2019, he joined second level's Girona FC for one year as a replacement for Sevilla FC-bound Bono.[13]



Real Sociedad


Spain U19

Spain U20


  1. ^ "La Real Sociedad repesca a Riesgo tras la lesión de Westerveld" [Real Sociedad retrieve Riesgo after Westerveld's injury] (in Spanish). Diario de León. 16 March 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. ^ Isasa, Xabier (30 August 2004). "Una Real incompleta" [Incomplete Real] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  3. ^ Badallo, Óscar (28 September 2007). "Riesgo se pone 'Bravo'" [Riesgo gets all 'Brave' ("Bravo" in English)] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ Badiola cierra la cesión de Riesgo a espaldas de los administradores (Badiola closes Riesgo loan deal without the board of directors' knowledge); El Diario Vasco, 4 August 2008 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Recreativo Huelva 3–1 Numancia; ESPN Soccernet, 4 January 2009
  6. ^ Barça edging closer to Liga glory; UEFA, 11 April 2009
  7. ^ Tottenham give trial to Spanish goalkeeper Asier Riesgo; BBC Sport, 6 December 2009
  8. ^ Ramajo, Roberto (1 April 2010). "Riesgo o Zubikarai: debate abierto para la portería" [Riesgo or Zubikarai: open debate in goal] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  9. ^ Badallo, Óscar (14 April 2010). "Riesgo volverá a defender la portería txuri urdin tras la lesión de Bravo y la sanción a Zubikarai" [Riesgo will return to txuri urdin goal after Bravo injury and Zubikarai suspension] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ Osasuna presentará el lunes a Asier Riesgo (Osasuna to present Asier Riesgo on Monday) Archived 19 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine; CA Osasuna, 18 June 2010 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Iborra, J. (7 June 2015). "Riesgo sube a los altares rojillos con un paradón en el minuto 89" [Riesgo reaches red altars with wonder save in 89th minute] (in Spanish). Diario de Navarra. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  12. ^ SD Eibar ficha a Asier Riesgo por una temporada (SD Eibar sign Asier Riesgo for one season) Archived 31 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine; SD Eibar, 28 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Asier Riesgo, experiència per a la porteria del Girona FC" [Asier Riesgo, experience for Girona FC's goal] (in Catalan). Girona FC. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  14. ^ "España vence a Alemania y se proclama campeona de Europa Sub-19" [Spain beat Germany and are crowned Under-19 European champions] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 28 July 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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