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Jesús María Lacruz

Jesús María Lacruz Gómez (born 25 April 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a versatile defender.

Jesús Mari Lacruz
Personal information
Full name Jesús María Lacruz Gómez
Date of birth (1978-04-25) 25 April 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1994 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Osasuna B 34 (0)
1995–1997 Osasuna 48 (1)
1997–2006 Athletic Bilbao 224 (12)
2006–2009 Espanyol 48 (0)
2010–2012 Real Unión 56 (1)
Total 410 (14)
National team
1995–1996 Spain U18 6 (0)
1997 Spain U20 4 (0)
1998–2000 Spain U21 9 (0)
2000 Spain U23 5 (1)
2003–2005 Navarre 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Team Competition

He amassed La Liga totals of 272 games and 12 goals over the course of 12 seasons, representing Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol in the competition.

Club careerEdit

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Lacruz's professional career began in 1994 with hometown side CA Osasuna in the second division, making his first appearance for the main squad aged just 16, and in 1997 he joined Athletic Bilbao, where he made his La Liga debut in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid on 13 September.[1] He was a regular starter for the latter in six of his nine seasons.

After 251 official games with Athletic – five in the 1998–99 edition of the UEFA Champions League – Lacruz moved to RCD Espanyol in the summer 2006 for 300,000 on a three-year contract, reuniting with former manager Ernesto Valverde.[2] His first competitive appearance took place on 17 August in a 0–4 home loss to FC Barcelona for the Supercopa de España,[3] and he scored his first goal for his new team against A.S. Livorno Calcio in a UEFA Cup match.[4] In the same competition, he added another in a 2–1 win at SV Werder Bremen[5] as the Catalans went on to lose the final to Sevilla FC on penalties; after having appeared in only ten league contests in the 2008–09 campaign, the 31-year-old left the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.

On 14 January 2010, after several months without a club, Lacruz signed with modest Real Unión on a free transfer, until the end of the second division season, thus returning to the Basque Country.[6] He appeared in 20 matches in his first year (all starts), in an eventual relegation.

International careerEdit

Lacruz was part of the Spanish squad that won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, losing the final to Cameroon.[7] During two years, he appeared nine times for the under-21 team.





Spain U23


  1. ^ "El 'anticiclón' pasa por San Mamés" [The 'anticyclone' goes through San Mamés]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 September 1997. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Lacruz ficha por el Espanyol" [Lacruz signs for Espanyol] (in Spanish). UEFA. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  3. ^ "La clase se impone" [Class gets on top] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 August 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Espanyol ease through against Livorno". UEFA. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Espanyol ease into Glasgow final". UEFA. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Jesús Mari Lacruz, presentado como nuevo jugador del Unión" [Jesús Mari Lacruz, presented as new Unión player]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 14 January 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Sidney 2000: Oro negro" [Sydney 2000: Black gold] (in Spanish). Recuerdos de Nigeria. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2016.

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