Iñaki Goitia

Iñaki Goitia Peña (born 2 March 1982) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Iñaki Goitia
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Goitia with Málaga in 2009
Personal information
Full name Iñaki Goitia Peña
Date of birth (1982-03-02) 2 March 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Danok Bat
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Amorebieta
2001–2002 Amurrio 8 (0)
2003 Burgos 13 (0)
2003–2005 Málaga B 58 (0)
2005–2009 Málaga 83 (0)
2009–2012 Betis 69 (0)
2012–2013 Mirandés 41 (0)
2013–2015 Alavés 43 (0)
Total 325 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent most of his professional career in Segunda División, totalling 265 appearances for Málaga B, Málaga, Betis, Mirandés and Alavés. He added 29 La Liga matches over three seasons, in representation of the second and third clubs.

Club careerEdit

Goitia was born in Barakaldo, Biscay. After starting with modest clubs in the Basque region, he moved in 2003–04 to Málaga CF, spending his first two years with the B-side in the second division. In February 2006 he made two La Liga appearances, in two defeats in which he conceded seven goals;[1][2] the season ended in relegation, while the reserves also dropped down a level.

In 2007–08, Goitia finally won the battle for first-choice status over longtime incumbent Francesc Arnau, appearing in 41 out of 42 games as the Andalusians returned to the top flight after two years. The following campaign, however, the latter began as the starter but, after some costly mistakes, the former was reinstated.[3]

Late during the season, despite having a contract running until 30 June 2009, Goitia refused to play against his future team Real Betis fearing that he would be criticised if he allowed goals (as his future team was fighting to avoid relegation).[4][5] The four-year deal was officialized in early June 2009,[6] and he featured in 25 matches in his second year as they returned to the top tier as champions.[7]

After three more seasons in the second tier, with CD Mirandés[8] and Deportivo Alavés,[9] Goitia retired at the age of 33 to dedicate himself to his family.[10]

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Betis

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