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Xabier Azkargorta

 

Xabier Azkargorta

Xabier Azkargorta
Personal information
Full nameFrancisco Xabier Azkargorta Uriarte
Date of birth (1953-09-29) 29 September 1953 (age 60)
Place of birthAzpeitia, Spain
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionCentre Forward
Club information
Current clubBolivia (manager)
Youth career
1969–1971Real Sociedad (youth team)
1971–1972Bilbao Athletic
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1972–1977Athletic Bilbao
1975–1976Bilbao Athletic
Teams managed
1978–1980Lagun Onak
1980–1982Aurrerá
1982–1983Gimnàstic
1983–1986Espanyol
1986–1987Real Valladolid
1987–1988Sevilla
1990Tenerife
1993–1994Bolivia
1995–1996Chile
1997–1998Yokohama Marinos
2005Guadalajara
2012–Bolivia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Azkargorta and the second or maternal family name is Uriarte.

Francisco Xabier Azcargorta Uriarte (born 29 September 1953 in Azpeitia), usually called Xabier Azkargorta, is a former Spanish football player and the current manager for the Bolivian national team in his second spell.[1]

During his playing career he played for Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao. Later he became a manager, coaching club teams such as CD Tenerife, RCD Espanyol, Sevilla FC, Real Valladolid, and Club Deportivo Guadalajara, and national teams including Bolivia and Chile.[2]

He most recently worked as a television pundit for Digital+'s coverage of the South American World Cup qualifiers.

As of July 2008, Xabier Azkargorta has been appointed the "Director Deportivo" of Spanish La Liga side Valencia CF.[3] In Spain, the manager role differs from that which the English Premiereship assigns to it in the sense that the manager is only in charge of the team's training, strategy and lineup. The decision to scout or pursue other players is left to the "Director Deportivo". In England, both job functions are assumed by the manager.

The Valencia move marks a long-awaited return to Spanish football for Azkargorta (Azkargorta regularly features as an expert witness for the Spanish sporting newspaper AS, where he has frequently stated his desire to return—usually at the fans' request). Valencia midfielder (and former Spanish international) Ruben Baraja has stated to the Spanish daily Marca that "Azkargorta is a man of football, with a distinguished career path and discriminating quality as a manager and national side coach. Further, he holds the respect and esteem of the footballing world, which is a difficult claim to make". Azkargorta is currently living in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Honours

Manager

References

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