Ander Garitano

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Ander Garitano
Personal information
Full name Ander Garitano Urquizu
Date of birth (1969-02-26) 26 February 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Derio, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Bilbao Athletic 67 (15)
1988–1996 Athletic Bilbao 234 (35)
1996–2002 Zaragoza 147 (15)
Total 448 (65)
National team
1984–1985 Spain U16 9 (3)
1986 Spain U18 2 (1)
1989–1990 Spain U21 5 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Zaragoza
2009 Zaragoza (youth)
2009–2010 Zaragoza B

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

† Appearances (goals)

Ander Garitano Urquizu (born 26 February 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left midfielder, and a current coach.

His career as a player – almost entirely spent in La Liga – was solely associated with two clubs, Athletic Bilbao and Zaragoza.

Club career

Born in Derio, Biscay, Garitano began his professional career at local powerhouse Athletic Bilbao. After apperaring twice in the closing stages of 1987–88 he quickly imposed himself as a first-choice player with good free kick skills, scoring 35 La Liga goals during nine seasons; on 12 March 1988, two weeks after his 19th birthday, he made his official debut, starting in a 0–5 away loss against Real Madrid.

Garitano moved to Real Zaragoza in 1996, and played there until his retirement in 2002, appearing in a further 147 league games and netting 15 times. He was still regularly used the Aragonese side's 2000–01 victorious run in the Copa del Rey, and finally retired in the following summer at 33 – Zaragoza suffered top flight relegation – with more than 500 official matches to his credit; from 1986 to 1988 he played 61 contests for Bilbao Athletic, with that team in Segunda División.

Subsequently Garitano moved into coaching, first taking charge of Zaragoza's youth teams. In mid-January 2008 he replaced sacked Víctor Fernández,[1] first appearing in a Spanish Cup round-of-16 tie against Racing de Santander, a 2–4 loss (3–5 on aggregate).

Just two days after his only league game, a 3–1 home win over Real Murcia, Garitano quit the job, quoting a lack of commitment.[2] Zaragoza would have a further two coaches until the end of the campaign, which ended in relegation.

For 2008–09 Garitano returned to Real Zaragoza, now as a youth coach. However, in late 2009, he moved to the club's B-side, following José Aurelio Gay's promotion as first-team coach.

Personal life

Garitano is the uncle of another footballer (and midfielder), Gaizka Garitano whom, after unsuccessfully graduating from Athletic's academy, went on to represent, among others, neighbours Real Sociedad and Deportivo Alavés.[3]

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Other[4] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bilbao Athletic 1985–86 4 0 ? ? - - - - 4 0
1986–87 34 4 ? ? - - - - 34 4
1987–88 27 9 ? ? - - - - 27 9
1988–89 2 2 - - - - - - 2 2
Total 67 15 0 0 - - - - 67 15
Athletic Bilbao 1987–88 2 0 0 0 - - - - 2 0
1988–89 23 4 4 0 2 0 - - 29 4
1989–90 36 5 4 2 - - - - 40 7
1990–91 30 4 5 2 - - - - 35 6
1991–92 29 7 7 3 - - - - 36 10
1992–93 27 3 2 0 - - - - 29 3
1993–94 26 6 3 0 - - - - 29 6
1994–95 35 4 3 0 6 0 - - 44 4
1995–96 26 2 5 0 - - - - 31 2
Total 234 35 33 7 8 0 - - 275 42
Zaragoza 1996–97 37 3 3 0 - - - - 40 3
1997–98 18 7 5 3 - - - - 23 10
1998–99 19 1 1 0 - - - - 20 1
1999–00 30 4 5 1 - - - - 35 5
2000–01 19 0 7 0 2 0 - - 28 0
2001–02 24 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 28 0
Total 147 15 22 4 5 0 0 0 174 19
Career totals 448 65 55 11 13 0 0 0 516 76

Honours

Zaragoza

References

  1. Garitano succeeds Fernández at Zaragoza; ESPN Soccernet, 14 January 2008
  2. Garitano quits as Zaragoza coach after a week; ESPN Soccernet, 22 January 2008
  3. El sobrino de Ander es el capitán del mejor Éibar (Ander's nephew captains best Éibar); Diario AS, 12 April 2005 (Spanish)
  4. Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
  5. "Zaragoza, no hay quinta Copa mala" (in Spanish). ABC. 1 July 2001. Retrieved 7 July 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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