Pedro María Zabalza
|Full name||Pedro María Zabalza Inda|
|Date of birth||13 April 1944|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Zabalza started playing professionally with local side CA Osasuna, appearing in three Segunda División season in their representation and scoring a career-best ten goals in 1965–66 to help to the ninth place. In the summer of 1967 he moved to La Liga, signing with FC Barcelona and making his debut in the competition on 10 September in a 2–3 away loss to Real Zaragoza.
During his six-year spell at the Camp Nou, Zabalza played 194 competitive games and netted 15 times, helping to win two Copa del Generalísimo trophies and scoring twice in the 1971 final against Valencia CF. After three further top-flight campaigns with Athletic Bilbao, he closed out his career at the age of 33 with Osasuna, now competing in Tercera División.
After taking over from Ivica Brzić 11 rounds into 1986–87, Zabalza went on to coach his last club over a full six seasons in the top tier. He resigned in December 1993 as they rank third from bottom in the table, eventually being relegated as last.
Zabalza began 1995–96 at the helm of Rayo Vallecano, but after seven matches and six losses he was sacked. In the following campaign he was one of four managers in charge of Osasuna (the others being Rafael Benítez, Miguel Ángel Sola and Enrique Martín), who was the first team above the division two relegation zone.
- Castillo, Juan José (11 September 1967). "3–2: Dos veces por delante en el marcador, el Barcelona se confió en exceso. Rexach, Fuste, Villa e Canario (2), autores de los goles" [3–2: Twice leading the scoreboard, Barcelona were over-confident. Rexach, Fuste, Villa and Canario (2), the goal scorers]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Payarols, Lluís (20 May 2012). "De Lakatos a Ezquerro, todos los 'culés-leones' de la historia" [From Lakatos to Ezquerro, every 'culé-leonese' in history]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Gracia, Arturo (29 October 1986). "Zabalza reemplaza a Brzic en Osasuna" [Zabalza replaces Brzic at Osasuna]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Sanz, Toño (21 December 1993). "Y el técnico mas duradero de fútbol español cayó" [And the Spanish football's most lasting coach fell]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Miguelez, José (14 June 1995). "Zabalza será el entrenador de Rayo Vallecano en Primera" [Zabalza will be the manager of Rayo Vallecano in Primera]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Miguelez, José (9 October 1995). "Zabalza, destituido" [Zabalza, dismissed]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- "Osasuna ha despedido a quince entrenadores desde la inauguración de El Sadar en 1967" [Osasuna have fired fifteen managers since the opening of El Sadar in 1967] (in Spanish). Navarra Sport. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Mir, José (18 October 1968). "1–3: Un experimento con victoria final, tras haber navegado el equipo español en el primer tiempo" [1–3: Experiment with a final win, after Spanish team went through the motion in first half]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.