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Jon Iñaki Aspiazu San Emeterio (born 5 November 1962) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and is the current assistant manager of FC Barcelona.

Jon Aspiazu
Personal information
Full name Jon Iñaki Aspiazu San Emeterio
Date of birth (1962-11-05) 5 November 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Barcelona (assistant)
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1984 Bilbao Athletic 130 (4)
1983–1984 Athletic Bilbao 0 (0)
1984–1985 Hércules 6 (0)
1985–1987 Sestao 75 (7)
1987–1992 Deportivo La Coruña 134 (8)
1992–1994 Sestao 63 (3)
1994–1996 Amurrio 71 (1)
Total 479 (23)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Amurrio
1998 Aurrerá Vitoria
2002–2003 Bilbao Athletic (assistant)
2003–2005 Athletic Bilbao (assistant)
2006–2008 Espanyol (assistant)
2008–2009 Olympiacos (assistant)
2009–2010 Villarreal (assistant)
2010–2012 Olympiacos (assistant)
2012–2013 Valencia (assistant)
2013–2017 Athletic Bilbao (assistant)
2017– Barcelona (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Aspiazu was an Athletic Bilbao youth graduate. He made his senior debut with the reserves in the 1979–80 campaign, in Segunda División B.

Aspiazu made his first team debut on 19 May 1984, starting in a 1–3 home loss against Atlético Madrid, for the year's Copa de la Liga. In July, he moved to fellow La Liga team Hércules CF, but featured rarely; his debut in the category occurred on 18 November 1984, in a 1–1 home draw against Sporting de Gijón.

In 1985 Aspiazu joined Segunda División side Sestao Sport Club, being an undisputed starter during his two-year spell at the club. He subsequently signed for fellow league team Deportivo de La Coruña, achieving promotion to the top tier in 1991.

In 1992 Aspiazu returned to Sestao, but suffered relegation in his first season. In 1994 he joined third-tier side Amurrio Club, and retired in 1996 at the age of 34.

Managerial careerEdit

In 1997, Aspiazu was appointed manager of his last club Amurrio, still in the third division. He was named in charge of CD Aurrerá de Vitoria in June of the following year, but was relieved from his duties in November.[1]

In 2003, Aspiazu joined Ernesto Valverde's staff at his former club Bilbao Athletic, as an assistant. He remained in the role for the following years, being Valverde's second at Athletic, RCD Espanyol, Olympiakos F.C.,[2] Villarreal CF, Valencia CF and FC Barcelona.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

His son Iker was also a footballer and a midfielder who spent several years in the Athletic Bilbao youth system[4][2][5] but did not break through to the professional level.


  1. ^ "Aspiazu, la extensión de Arsenio en el campo" [Aspiazu, the extension of Arsenio on the field] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "La reconstrucción de las ruinas griegas" [The reconstruction of the Greek ruins]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 August 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Jon Aspiazu, la mano derecha de Valverde desde hace quince años" [Jon Aspiazu, Valverde's right hand for fifteen years] (in Spanish). Sport. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Iker Aspiazu Pérez". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Capa, con Bustinza, Sabin y Aurtenetxe en el Infantil del 92" [Capa, with Bustinza, Sabin and Aurtenetxe in the 'Infantil' of 92]. El Desmarque (in Spanish). 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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