Gonzalo Arconada

Gonzalo Arconada Echarri (born 23 July 1961) is a Spanish football manager.

Gonzalo Arconada
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Arconada in 2019
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Arconada Echarri
Date of birth (1961-07-23) 23 July 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Teams managed
Years Team
1991–1998 Real Unión
1998–1999 Tolosa
1999–2001 Beasain
2001–2006 Real Sociedad B
2006 Real Sociedad
2006–2007 Burgos
2007–2008 Numancia
2008 Almería
2009–2010 Numancia
2010 Tenerife
2013 Mirandés
2015 Burgos
2015–2016 Jaén
2017 Barakaldo
2017–2020 Real Sociedad (women)

Coaching careerEdit

Arconada was born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, and started coaching while still in his teens, with youth sides Juveniles de La Salle and Danak. His first twenty years would be spent with teams in his native region, mostly in the lower levels. After being in charge of the reserve team for several seasons, he coached Real Sociedad's main squad for a couple of months in 2006, being one of three managers during the campaign in La Liga.[1]

After managing lowly Burgos CF and attaining promotion to the top division in 2008 with CD Numancia, Arconada signed with UD Almería.[2] After a preseason without defeats,[3] he was sacked in late December 2008 following a 0–1 loss at El Molinón, Sporting de Gijón's grounds,[4] being replaced by Hugo Sánchez.

In the summer of 2009, Arconada returned to Numancia again in the second level, leaving his post at the end of the season after leading the Soria side to the eighth position. In August he moved to CD Tenerife, recently relegated from the top flight, being dismissed the following month after four losses in as many games.[5]

On 21 November 2017, Arconada took the helm of the women's team of Real Sociedad.[6] On 11 May 2019 he led them to their first ever title by winning the Copa de la Reina de Fútbol, after beating Atlético Madrid 2–1;[7] on 30 June 2020, he left after his contract expired.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Arconada's older brother, Luis, played 15 years with Real Sociedad, being widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the nation's history.[9]




  1. ^ "La Real destituye a Gonzalo Arconada, que será sustituido por Jose Mari Bakero" [Real dismiss Gonzalo Arconada, who will be replaced by Jose Mari Bakero]. El Correo (in Spanish). 23 March 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Gonzalo Arconada firma como nuevo entrenador del Almería" [Gonzalo Arconada signs as new Almería manager]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 July 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ Fernández, A. María (25 August 2008). "El Almería cierra la pretemporada con una aburrida victoria en Lorca" [Almería complete pre-season with boring win in Lorca]. Diario de Almería (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Gonzalo Arconada, destituido en Almería" [Gonzalo Arconada, dismissed in Almería] (in Spanish). Defensa Central. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  5. ^ "El CD Tenerife, colista de la Liga Adelante, cesa al técnico Gonzalo Arconada" [CD Tenerife, last-placed in Liga Adelante, fire manager Gonzalo Arconada] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Se hace cargo del equipo femenino" [Taking charge of the women's team] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  7. ^ Giovio, Eleonora (11 May 2019). "La Real Sociedad hace historia al ganar la Copa de la Reina" [Real Sociedad make history after winning the Queen's Cup]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  8. ^ Badallo, Óscar (2 March 2020). "Gonzalo Arconada no seguirá en el banquillo de la Real Sociedad" [Gonzalo Arconada will not continue on Real Sociedad bench]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Luis Arconada saludó a Gonzalo sobre el césped" [Luis Arconada greeted Gonzalo on the pitch]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 14 October 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  10. ^ "El Numancia, campeón de Segunda división" [Numancia, Second division champions]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 June 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2019.

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