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Imanol Agirretxe

Imanol AgirretxeDescription : * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2016.Imanol Agirretxe Arruti (born 24 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as a striker.Born in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa, Agirretxe was a product of Real Sociedad's youth system. He first appeared with the first team in 2004–05, amassing three substitute appearances – during his second, a 1–3 home loss against Málaga CF on 15 May 2005, he managed to score ... Page:i

Imanol Agirretxe
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Agirretxe in 2010
Personal information
Full nameImanol Agirretxe Arruti
Date of birth(1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 29)
Place of birthUsurbil, Spain
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number9
Youth career
Antiguoko
2001–2003Athletic Bilbao
2003–2004Real Sociedad
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2008Real Sociedad B110(33)
2005–Real Sociedad235(71)
2007→ Castellón (loan)8(1)
National team
2003Spain U163(4)
2004–2005Spain U177(0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2016.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Agirretxe and the second or maternal family name is Arruti.

Imanol Agirretxe Arruti (born 24 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as a striker.

Club career

Born in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa, Agirretxe was a product of Real Sociedad's youth system. He first appeared with the first team in 2004–05, amassing three substitute appearances – during his second, a 1–3 home loss against Málaga CF on 15 May 2005, he managed to score after just 16 minutes on the pitch. In the following three seasons combined, however, he only appeared in nine league matches, and also served a six-month loan spell at CD Castellón in the second division.

In 2008–09's second level, Agirretxe appeared regularly for the main squad, mainly due to the serious injury to Iñigo Díaz de Cerio. He netted nine goals in 28 games, but the Basques again failed to return to La Liga.

Again mainly a backup after the signing on loan of Uruguayan Carlos Bueno, Agirretxe scored six times in the following campaign, in 36 matches, as Real finally promoted as champions. In 2011–12, following Raúl Tamudo's departure and the continuous physical problems that bothered Joseba Llorente, he was finally made first-choice, and netted three goals in his first two league games: two against Sporting de Gijón in a 2–1 away win and one against FC Barcelona, helping the hosts come from behind 0–2 for an eventual 2–2 draw; he finished with ten successful strikes, only trailing Carlos Vela in the squad.

On 19 January 2013, Agirretxe came from the bench for the last six minutes of a home fixture against Barcelona, and scored in the last minute to help Real Sociedad seal a 3–2 comeback (they trailed 0–2 in the 40th minute) and end the Catalans' unbeaten domestic run. At the season's end he again finished second in team scoring (13), again only behind the Mexican.

Club statistics

As of 13 March 2016
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Real Sociedad B2004–05237237
2005–0634123412
2006–07123123
2007–08309309
2008–097171
Total1103300000011033
Castellón2006–0781237
Real Sociedad2004–053131
2005–06101020
2006–076060
2007–082020
2008–09289289
2009–1036610376
2010–1111321134
2011–123610323912
2012–133414213615
2013–143183060408
2014–153172040377
2015–16161300001613
Total235711441000026075
Career total35310514410000392115
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