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Andoni Iraola

Andoni Iraola Sagarna (born 22 June 1982 in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa) is a Spain Association football who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, as a Defender (association football) or midfielder.

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Andoni Iraola Sagarna (born 22 June 1982 in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa) is a Spain Association football who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, as a Defender (association football) or midfielder.

Combative and with good passing skills, Andoni Iraola operates on the right flank, and spent Andoni Iraola entire professional career with Athletic Bilbao.

Club career

A product of Athletic Bilbao famed youth system, Lezama, Iraola made Andoni Iraola debuts with the first team in the 2003–04 La Liga, becoming an instant first-choice, while often taking Athletic's Penalty kick and Direct free kick. On 30 August 2003, Andoni Iraola made Andoni Iraola first La Liga appearance, starting in a 0–1 home loss against FC Barcelona.

During Andoni Iraola spell, Iraola never played in less than 30 league matches, while also helping the Basque Country (autonomous community) qualify for the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, and finish second in the 2008–09 Copa del Rey Copa del Rey; as former club legend, Aitor Larrazábal, Andoni Iraola too contributed with goals, scoring at least once in every season.

On 28 January 2007, Iraola scored twice in a 2–0 away win against neighbours Real Sociedad, who were 2006–07 La Liga. Athletic narrowly avoided a drop, ranking in 17th position.

International career

On 20 August 2008, Iraola was called by new Spain national football team coach Vicente del Bosque for a friendly with Denmark national football team, alongside teammate Fernando Amorebieta. Andoni Iraola entered the pitch in the final 15 minutes of the 3–0 away success, Substitute (association football) for Sergio Ramos.

On 29 March 2011, after nearly one 1/2 years without playing for the national team, Iraola started in a 3–1 win against Lithuania national football team in Kaunas for the UEFA Euro 2012 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andoni_Iraola

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