Javier Irureta

Javier Irureta ( born April 1, 1948 in Irun ) is a Spanish football coach.

Javier Irureta is a famous soccer coach and former player. He played together for 13 years Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao as a striker. As a coach, he has several Spanish first division serves - especially successful at Depor and Celta. He won the 1998 title " Coach of the Year ", while he coached Celta, both of Don Balón and El País and a master with Depor he received this award from Don Balón a second time. As the only coach ever succeeded Irureta the two most important Basque team Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, as well as the two largest Galician clubs, Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña to train.

  • 3.1 As a player
  • 3.2 As a coach

Playing career


He was part of the legendary team of Atlético Madrid at the beginning of the 70s. He reached with his club two league titles, one Copa del Rey was the win and won the World Cup in 1974 against Club Atlético Independiente of Argentina 2-0 / 0-1, as Bayern Munich, which previously won against Atlético the European Cup final, did not want to compete.

Athletic Bilbao

After eight successful years at Atletico Irureta let his playing career at Athletic Bilbao finish in the domestic Basque Country. There he was once each Vice - Copa del Rey winner and runner-up UEFA Cup winners.


Although Javier Irureta comes to 6 inserts for the Spanish national team, as this but was very weak at this time, he played in any major tournament for his country. He also ran once for the Basque selection.

Coaching career

Javier Irureta could move in 1991 with Real Oviedo as 6th in the UEFA Cup. This he succeeded in 1998 also with Celta Vigo. His most successful period, however, he had at Deportivo La Coruna, where he was hired in 1999. With the Galicians, he won the championship among other things, 2000, and 2002, the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid. After the championship followed in 2001 and 2002, the runner-up, such as the 2003 and 2004 3rd place, thus qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, in 2001 and 2002 he even led his team to the semifinals the quarter-finals, 2004. After 6 very successful years Irureta pulled once back from the daily coaching.

In 2006 Irureta coach at Real Betis. However, he had a failed short - appearance at the fall gefährt eden Andalusians, where he has been dismissed during the first round. From January to March 2008 he was coach at Real Zaragoza as a replacement for the recently released Víctor Fernández. After just one win from their first six games, and the fact that Zaragoza was on a non- relegation only due to the direct comparison Irureta had consequences and occurred after only six weeks on the bench already back.


As a player

Atlético Madrid

  • Spanish Champion ( 2): 1970, 1973
  • Copa del Rey ( 1): 1972
  • World Cup ( 1): 1974

As a coach

Deportivo La Coruna

  • Spanish Champion (1 ): 2000
  • Copa del Rey ( 1): 2002
  • Spanish Supercup (2): 2000, 2002