Alberto Ormaetxea

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Alberto Ormaetxea
Personal information
Full name Alberto Ormaetxea Ibarlucea
Date of birth (1939-04-07)7 April 1939
Place of birth Eibar, Spain
Date of death 28 October 2005(2005-10-28) (aged 66)
Place of death San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Full back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Eibar
1959–1962 San Sebastián 29 (0)
1959–1960 Eibar (loan)
1962–1974 Real Sociedad 239 (2)
Teams managed
1974–1978 Real Sociedad (assistant)
1978–1985 Real Sociedad
1986 Hércules

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Alberto Ormaetxea Ibarlucea (7 April 1939 – 28 October 2005) was a Spanish football full back (right and left) and coach.

His career was closely associated to Real Sociedad, as both a player and a manager.

Playing career

Born in Eibar, Gipuzkoa, Ormaetxea started his senior career with local SD Eibar, with which he was relegated from Segunda División in 1958. The following year, he was purchased by Real Sociedad, who immediately loaned him to his previous club.[1]

Ormaetxea started playing as a right back, but eventually switched flanks. In the 1962 summer, after two seasons with the reserves, he was promoted to the first team that had just been relegated from La Liga, helping it return to the competition at the end of the 1966–67 campaign.[2]

Ormaetxea's best year in the top level was 1969–70, when he started in all his 28 league appearances and scored twice to help the Txuriurdin finish in seventh position. He retired in 1974 at the age of 35 after several injury problems, having appeared in 280 games all competitions comprised.[2]

Coaching career

Immediately after retiring, Ormaetxea joined Real Sociedad's coaching staff as an assistant manager. In 1978 he replaced José Antonio Irulegui at the helm of the main squad, taking it to national championship conquest in 1981 and 1982 as well as the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey in 1982 and 1983;[2] additionally, in 1979–80, the club trailed Real Madrid by only one point and, the previous season accounted for, established a record of 38 matches without defeat that stood several decades.[3]

Ormaetxea left Hércules CF in September 1986 after only one month in charge, and retired from professionally football, going on to work with Real's veterans and write for El Diario Vasco.[4] In 2005, he supported Miguel Fuentes as the latter ran for president of Sociedad.[2]


Ormaetxea died on 28 October 2005 in San Sebastián, after a long battle with illness. He was 66 years old.[2]



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