Txiki Begiristain

Aitor Begiristain Mujika ( born August 12, 1964 in Olaberria, Guipuzcoa Province, Spain), nicknamed Txiki, occasionally in Castilian spelling of the family name Beguiristáin Múgica, a former Spanish football player ( winger ) and sports official.

Playing career


The Basque Begiristain began his career in 1982 at the first division club Real Sociedad from San Sebastián. Height of his career there was the cup win in 1987. Prior to 1988, he played 187 games, before he moved to FC Barcelona to the European Football Championship 1988. With this club he won four titles, a European Champions Cup, once the European Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and a Copa del Rey, the Spanish Cup.

In 1995 he moved to 223 games and 63 goals for Deportivo La Coruña. Here he could not build on the successes of the past and brought in his entire time in La Coruña, just a title, namely, the Supercopa de España. This title was also his last in Spain, because he moved in 1997 after Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds. After 61 Premier League matches in the J. League in 1999, he finished his active career.


Begiristain took part in the European Football Championship 1988 in Germany and the Football World Cup 1994 in the U.S. with the national team. In the EM Spain already retired in the first round of six years after the World Cup in the quarter -finals against eventual finalists Italy.


  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1992
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1989
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1992
  • Spanish Cup: 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994
  • Spanish Cup: 1987, 1990
  • Spanish Super Cup: 1982, 1991, 1992, 1995
  • Participation in a World Cup: 1994 (1 use / 1 goal)
  • Participation in a European Championship: 1988 (1 use / 1 goal)

Career as a sports director

After the End of career as Active Begiristain began his career as sports director in 2003 at FC Barcelona. In summer 2010, he was replaced by Andoni Zubizarreta.

On October 28, 2012, he was sports director at Manchester City.