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Iban Zubiaurre

Iban Zubiaurre
Personal information
Full name Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia
Date of birth (1983-01-22) 22 January 1983
Place of birth Mendaro, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Real Sociedad B 53 (2)
2004–2005 Real Sociedad 14 (0)
2006–2013 Athletic Bilbao 2 (0)
2008–2009 Elche (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2011 Albacete (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Salamanca (loan) 33 (3)
2013 Racing Santander 0 (0)
National team
1999–2000 Spain U16 8 (0)
2001 Spain U17 3 (0)
2001 Spain U18 5 (0)
2002 Spain U19 5 (0)
2005 Spain U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.

† Appearances (goals)

Iban Zubiaurre Urrutia (born 22 January 1983 in Mendaro, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back.


  • Football career 1
  • Honours 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Football career

After making his Real Sociedad first-team debuts during the 2004–05 season, Zubiaurre achieved notoriety as a result of a lawsuit in which his first club prevented him from playing for Athletic de Bilbao for 14 months, due to an alleged illegality in his transference between the two Basque clubs.

Zubiaurre, who represented Real Sociedad at youth level, was 'presented' as new Athletic Bilbao player in 2005 by club president Fernando Lamikiz, despite still being under contract.[1] He had no permission to rescind his contract, which had a year left to run and a buy-out clause of 33 million, and Real insisted that Athletic pay the entire amount, with the player not being allowed to play professional football during the subsequent legal battle; SCD Durango, a regional club, asked permission to field him, but were denied.

15 months after the lawsuit began, a judge ruled that Athletic had to pay Real Sociedad €5 million,[2] and were granted permission to field Zubiaurre for the 2006–07 campaign. He was presented for a second time at San Mamés Stadium on 16 November 2006, and was given the number 12 shirt.[3]

On 11 February 2007 Zubiaurre played his first La Liga match for Athletic, appearing against Atlético Madrid as a substitute in a 0–1 away defeat.[4] That was to be his only game of the season, in which his team avoided relegation on the very last matchday.

In 2007–08 Zubiaurre also only featured once, in a 0–2 loss at Getafe CF on 31 October 2007.[5] After almost two years in the sidelines, he left the side to gain more playing time, joining second division outfit Elche CF on a season-long loan.[6]

Returned to Athletic for the 2009–10 season, Zubiaurre's season input consisted of 15 minutes against FK Austria Wien (3–0 win at home), for the UEFA Europa League group stage. In July 2010 another loan ensued, also in the second level, as he joined Albacete Balompié.

Zubiaurre was deemed surplus to requirements at Athletic in 2011–12 after the appointment of manager Marcelo Bielsa, alongside teammates Koikili and Aitor Ocio. He remained with the team however.[7]

Zubiaurre was loaned to UD Salamanca in the third level for the 2012–13 season. He moved to Racing de Santander in August 2013, being waived after only one month and no matches played.[8]


Spain U19


  1. ^ Zubiaurre gets Athletic chance;, 1 July 2005
  2. ^ El Athletic tendrá que pagar cinco millones a la Real por Zubiaurre (Athletic to pay Real Sociedad €5 millions for Zubiaurre); El Mundo, 5 June 2008 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Zubiaurre earns Athletic all-clear;, 14 November 2006
  4. ^ "Atlético Madrid 1–0 Athletic Bilbao".  
  5. ^ "Getafe 2–0 Athletic Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Zubiaurre: "Es una alegría enorme jugar en el Elche" (Zubiaurre: "I am thrilled to play in Elche"); Elche's official website, 12 August 2008 (Spanish)
  7. ^ deemed surplus to requirements by Argentine)LionsKoi, entre los ocho leones descartados por el argentino (Koi, amongst eight ; El Mundo Deportivo, 14 July 2011 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Zubiaurre, un jugador maldito (Zubiurre, a damned footballer); ABC, 6 September 2013 (Spanish)

External links

  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
  • Iban Zubiaurre profile at Soccerway
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