Ignacio Eizaguirre

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Ignacio Eizaguirre
Personal information
Full name Ignacio Eizaguirre Arregui
Date of birth (1920-11-07)7 November 1920
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Date of death 1 September 2013(2013-09-01) (aged 92)
Place of death San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Arenas Concha
Cuento Rentería
Lagun Artea
1936–1939 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1940 Real Sociedad
1940–1950 Valencia 197 (0)
1950–1956 Real Sociedad 107 (0)
1956–1960 Osasuna 87 (0)
Total 381 (0)
National team
1945–1952 Spain 18 (0)
Teams managed
1959–1960 Osasuna (player-coach)
196?–1962 Murcia
1962–1963 Celta
1963–1964 Granada
1964–1965 Córdoba
1965–1966 Sevilla
1967–1969 Celta
1969–1970 Córdoba
1971–1972 Hércules
1973 Tenerife
1975 Alavés
1975–1977 Córdoba

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

† Appearances (goals)

Ignacio Eizaguirre Arregui (7 November 1920 – 1 September 2013) was a Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He played 381 La Liga games during 19 seasons, representing Real Sociedad, Valencia and Osasuna. He was a Spanish international for seven years, and appeared for the country at the 1950 World Cup.

Club career

Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Eizaguirre signed with Real Sociedad in 1936, but no football was played in the country from that year and 1939 due to the Spanish Civil War. He made his debuts with the club in Segunda División and, after one season, reached La Liga as he moved to Valencia CF.

With the Che, Eizaguirre – who did not lineup in his first year due to suspension – won his three national championships in his first six seasons, conquering two Ricardo Zamora Trophy awards in the process. After one full decade he returned to his native Basque Country and Real Sociedad, for a further six top flight campaigns.[1]

Eizaguirre retired at the age of nearly 40 after four seasons with CA Osasuna, still in the main category – before the last one, 1959–60, ended, he was named the club's player-coach, as the campaign ended in relegation for the Navarrese. He worked as a manager until the late 70s, with Córdoba CF, Sevilla FC and Granada CF in the top division and a host of teams in the second level.

International career

Eizaguirre gained the first of his 18 caps for Spain on 11 March 1945, in a 2–2 friendly draw with Portugal in Lisbon. He was chosen by manager Guillermo Eizaguirre (no relation) for his 1950 FIFA World Cup squad, and in Brazil he featured against the United States (3–1 first group stage win) and Sweden (1–3 second group stage loss) for the eventual fourth-placed team.

Personal life / Death

Eizaguirre's father, Agustín, was also a footballer and a goalkeeper. He played solely for Real Sociedad.

Ignacio died on 1 September 2013 in his hometown of San Sebastián, aged 92.[2]






  1. "Ignacio Eizaguirre" (in Spanish). Ciber Che. Retrieved 4 September 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Legendary Spanish goalkeeper Ignacio Eizaguirre dies, aged 92". Inside Spanish Football. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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