José Antonio Irulegui

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José Antonio Irulegui
Personal information
Full name José Antonio Irulegui Garmendia
Date of birth (1937-04-01) 1 April 1937 (age 81)
Place of birth Lasarte, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1956 Eibar 15 (0)
1956–1965 Real Sociedad 177 (1)
1965–1971 Pontevedra 142 (0)
Total 334 (1)
National team
1959 Spain U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
1974 Deportivo La Coruña
1976–1978 Real Sociedad
1978–1979 Español
1980–1981 Murcia
1985–1987 Burgos
1987–1990 Xerez
1990–1991 Levante
1993–1994 Alavés
1995 Mallorca
1997–1999 Villarreal

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

† Appearances (goals)

José Antonio Irulegui Garmendia (born 1 April 1937) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defender, and a coach.

Playing career

Born in Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Irulegui played professional football with SD Eibar, Real Sociedad and Pontevedra CF, in a career that lasted 15 years. He amassed La Liga totals of 249 games and one goal, over the course of 11 seasons.

Irulegui retired in June 1971 at the age of 34, after one final campaign with the Galician club in Segunda División.

Coaching career

Irulegui worked as a manager for nearly three decades, starting with second level's Deportivo de La Coruña in 1973–74 (only five matches in charge, team relegation). He went on to coach Real Sociedad, RCD Español, Real Murcia, Real Burgos CF, Xerez CD, Levante UD, Deportivo Alavés, RCD Mallorca and Villarreal CF.

Irulegui led the last side to top flight promotion in the 1997–98 season, in the playoffs.[1] He was relieved of his duties late into the following campaign, which ended in immediate relegation back.


  1. "Cuando llegué, el Villarreal era un club de pueblo; lo que han conseguido tiene muchísimo valor" (in Spanish). Noticias de Gipuzkoa. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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