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Genar Andrinúa Cortabarría (born 9 May 1964) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Genar Andrinúa
Personal information
Full name Genar Andrinúa Cortabarría
Date of birth (1964-05-09) 9 May 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Bilbao Athletic 104 (9)
1983–1997 Athletic Bilbao 304 (16)
1985–1986Valladolid (loan) 34 (2)
Total 442 (27)
National team
1985–1986 Spain U21 12 (1)
1987–1988 Spain U23 3 (1)
1987–1990 Spain 28 (2)
1990–1996 Basque Country 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Andrinúa was born in Bilbao, Biscay. During his career he played solely for Athletic Bilbao safe for a loan at Real Valladolid, and he made his debut for the former's first team in the 1983–84 season, appearing once for the La Liga champions.

Eventually, Andrinúa gained the captain's armband from the legendary Andoni Goikoetxea, also a centre-back, and proceeded to appear in nearly 400 overall games for the Basque club, also scoring at least once in all the seasons but one. After two weak last years he retired in June 1997 at the age of 33, with the side now captained by youngster Julen Guerrero.[1]

International careerEdit

Andrinúa earned 28 caps and scored twice for the Spain national team. His debut came in a friendly match with England on 18 February 1987 after replacing José Antonio Camacho in a 2–4 home loss (all four opponent goals by Gary Lineker),[2][3] and he went on to appear at the UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup, retiring internationally after the latter.

Andrinúa also played three times for the unofficial Basque Country side, and helped Spain under-21s win the 1986 European Championship.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 June 1988 St. Jakob Stadium, Basel, Switzerland    Switzerland 0–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 8 February 1989 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland   Northern Ireland 0–1 0–2 1990 World Cup qualification



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