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Javier Irureta

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Full nameJavier Iruretagoyena Amiano
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9.2 in)
Playing positionForward

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Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (born 1 April 1948), Irureta for short, is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a forward, and a current manager.

Irureta had a distinguished playing career with both Atlético de Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao, playing in 344 La Liga games for both teams combined, and scoring 70 goals. Along with Adelardo, Luis Aragonés and José Eulogio Gárate, he was a prominent member of the successful Atlético teams of the early 1970s.

As a manager, he coached several Spanish top flight clubs, most notably Deportivo de La Coruña. He is the only person to have coached both the two major Galician (Deportivo and Celta de Vigo) and Basque (Bilbao and Real Sociedad) sides.


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