Iban Zubiaurre

Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia (born 22 January 1983) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a right-back.

Iban Zubiaurre
Personal information
Full name Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia
Date of birth (1983-01-22) 22 January 1983 (age 40)
Place of birth Mendaro, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Real Sociedad B 53 (2)
2004–2005 Real Sociedad 14 (0)
2006–2013 Athletic Bilbao 2 (0)
2008–2009Elche (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2011Albacete (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013Salamanca (loan) 33 (3)
2013 Racing Santander 0 (0)
Total 135 (6)
International career
1999–2000 Spain U16 8 (0)
2001 Spain U17 3 (0)
2001 Spain U18 5 (0)
2002 Spain U19 5 (0)
2005 Spain U21 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Zubiaurre was born in Mendaro, Gipuzkoa. After making his Real Sociedad first-team debut during the 2004–05 season, he achieved notoriety as a result of a lawsuit in which his first club prevented him from playing for Athletic Bilbao for 14 months, due to an alleged illegality in his transfer between the two Basque sides.[1]

Zubiaurre, who represented Real Sociedad at youth level, was 'presented' as new Athletic Bilbao player in 2005 by the latter's president Fernando Lamikiz, despite still being under contract.[2] He had no permission to rescind his link, which had a year left to run and a buy-out clause of 33 million (the former club had activated a one-season optional extension to his contract, while the latter asserted that he was a free agent).[3] Real insisted that Athletic pay the entire amount, with the player not being allowed to play professional football during the subsequent legal battle; SCD Durango, a regional club, asked permission to field him, but were denied.[4]

Fifteen months after the lawsuit began, a judge ruled that Athletic had to pay Real Sociedad €5 million,[5] and were granted permission to field Zubiaurre for the 2006–07 campaign. He was presented for a second time at San Mamés Stadium on 16 November 2006, and was given the number 12 shirt.[6]

On 11 February 2007, Zubiaurre played his first La Liga match for Athletic, appearing against Atlético Madrid as a substitute in a 1–0 away defeat.[7] That was to be his only game of the season, in which his team avoided relegation on the very last matchday.

Zubiaurre also only featured once in 2007–08, in a 2–0 loss at Getafe CF on 31 October 2007.[8] After almost two years in the sidelines, he left in order to gain more playing time, joining Segunda División side Elche CF on a season-long loan.[9]

Returned to Athletic for the 2009–10 campaign, Zubiaurre's season input consisted of 15 minutes against FK Austria Wien (3–0 win at home) in the UEFA Europa League group stage.[10] In July 2010 another loan ensued, also in the second tier, as he signed with Albacete Balompié.[11]

Zubiaurre was deemed surplus to requirements in 2011–12 after the appointment of manager Marcelo Bielsa, alongside teammates Koikili and Aitor Ocio. He remained with the team, however.[12]

Zubiaurre was loaned to UD Salamanca in the Segunda División B for the 2012–13 season. He moved to Racing de Santander in August 2013, being waived after only one month and no matches played.[13]


Spain U19


  1. ^ "Athletic Club-Real Sociedad: jugadores en los dos bandos" [Athletic Club-Real Sociedad: players on both sides]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 9 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Zubiaurre gets Athletic chance". UEFA. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ Calvo, R.; Sánchez, R. (2 July 2005). "El Athletic presentó ayer a Zubiaurre y la Real estalla" [Athletic presented Zubiaurre yesterday and Real explode]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ Herrán, Alfonso (6 August 2013). "Iban Zubiaurre pone fin a su calvario de nueve años" [Iban Zubiaurre ends his nine-year ordeal]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. ^ "El Athletic tendrá que pagar cinco millones a la Real por Zubiaurre" [Athletic to pay Real Sociedad €5 million for Zubiaurre]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 4 June 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Zubiaurre earns Athletic all-clear". UEFA. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Atlético Madrid 1–0 Athletic Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 11 February 2007. Archived from the original on 6 September 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Getafe 2–0 Athletic Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original on 6 September 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Zubiaurre: "Es una alegría enorme jugar en el Elche"" [Zubiaurre: "I am thrilled to play in Elche"] (in Spanish). Elche CF. 12 August 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Irrepressible Athletic show their class". UEFA. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ García, Alberto (30 May 2011). "La cesión de Zubiaurre al Albacete solo se traduce en diez partidos" [Zubiaurre loan to Albacete equals only ten matches]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  12. ^ San Cristóbal, Ainara (14 July 2011). "Koi, entre los ocho leones descartados por el argentino" [Koi, amongst the eight lions deemed surplus to requirements by the Argentine]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Zubiaurre, un jugador maldito" [Zubiurre, a damned footballer]. ABC (in Spanish). Madrid. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  14. ^ "España vence a Alemania y se proclama campeona de Europa Sub-19" [Spain beat Germany and are crowned Under-19 European champions]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 July 2002. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

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