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Rodolfo Martín Arruabarrena (born 20 July 1975) is a former Argentine footballer who played as a left back. He spent most of his career with Boca Juniors, where he began his professional career, and Spanish club Villarreal.

Rodolfo Arruabarrena
Personal information
Full name Rodolfo Martín Arruabarrena
Date of birth (1975-07-20) 20 July 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Marcos Paz, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
1985–1992 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2000 Boca Juniors 178 (11)
1996Rosario Central (loan) 15 (0)
2000–2007 Villarreal 219 (11)
2007–2008 AEK Athens 16 (0)
2008–2010 Tigre 67 (2)
2010 Universidad Católica 13 (0)
National team
1995–2006 Argentina 6 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Tigre
2013–2014 Nacional
2014–2016 Boca Juniors
2016–2018 Al Wasl
2018 Al-Rayyan
2018– Shabab Al Ahli
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:35, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

Club careerEdit


"El Vasco" Arruabarrena (The Basque) debuted professionally in 1993 with Boca Juniors, where he played until 2000, except for the Apertura 1996, when he was lent to Rosario Central for 6 months. After returning to Boca, he gained a place in the regular squad.

Whilst with Boca, Rodolfo Arruabarrena won the Apertura in 1998 and the Clausura in 1999 Argentine first division tournaments, as well as the Copa Libertadores 2000. He played a total of 178 games for Boca in all competitions, scoring 7 goals.


From Boca he moved to Spanish Villarreal in mid 2000. Because of his reliability while playing as the team's left-back, he has been the team's captain in several occasions. He holds Villarreal's record of appearances in La Liga, with 178 first division matches with El Submarino Amarillo (as of 9 December 2005).

Arruabarrena's goals in the 2005–2006 Champions League helped to eliminate Scottish giants Rangers FC and Italians Internazionale to reach the semi-finals in the club's first ever season in the competition.

With Villarreal CF he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2003 and 2004, and played 200 league and international matches for the Spanish team (as of 10 September 2006).

AEK AthensEdit

On 3 May 2007, El Vasco signed a three-year contract with Greek Super League runners-up AEK for 800,000 euros per year for two years, extendable for a third. According to Arruabarrena, an important role for his decision to continue his career in Greece was played by Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (AEK manager) and Demis Nikolaidis (former star player and later president of his new club who played for Atlético Madrid in 2003–2004).[1]

In Rivaldo's debut with AEK Arruabarrena set up the Brazilian legend to score on a header. Arruabarrena also set up Ismael Blanco to score against Getafe in a UEFA Cup match. Arruabarrena managed to have 25 appearances for AEK in one season but halfway through the season he suffered a serious injury.

On 29 July 2008, AEK Athens manager Giorgos Donis announced to the press that Arruabarrena was no longer in the team's plans.

International careerEdit

El Vasco played 6 matches with the Argentina national football team, as well as several with the youth team. Arruabarrena made his first cap against Chile in 1994. He also played some matches in 1995 and one against England on 23 February 2000. Arruabarrena was not called up again for national team duty until September 2006, when Alfio Basile called him for a friendly match against Spain, and then again in February 2007 for another friendly against France. Arruabarrena was also called up for another friendly match against Chile on 18 April 2007 but he was left on the substitutes' bench.

Career statisticsEdit

International career statisticsEdit


Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 3 0
1995 1 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 0 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
2006 1 0
Total 6 0

Managerial statisticsEdit

Team From To Record
M W D L Win %
Boca Juniors 29 August 2014 29 February 2016 75 47 12 16 062.67
Total 75 47 12 16 062.67



Boca Juniors (4)
Universidad Católica (1)


Boca Juniors
Shabab Al Ahli


  1. ^ "El adiós de Arruabarrena" (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Rodolfo Arruabarrena". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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