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Alberto Ormaetxea

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Place of birth  Eibar, Spain
Role  Football player
Height  1.77 m
Years  Team
Playing position  Defender
Name  Alberto Ormaetxea

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Full name  Alberto Ormaetxea Ibarlucea
Date of birth  (1939-04-07)7 April 1939
Date of death  28 October 2005(2005-10-28) (aged 66)
Died  October 28, 2005, Donostia / San Sebastian, Spain

Place of death  San Sebastian, Spain

Alberto Ormaetxea Ibarlucea (7 April 1939 – 28 October 2005) was a Spanish football full back (right and left) and coach.

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His career was closely associated to Real Sociedad, as both a player and a manager.

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Playing career

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Born in Eibar, Gipuzkoa, Ormaetxea started his senior career with local SD Eibar, with which he was relegated from Segunda División in 1958. The following year, he was purchased by Real Sociedad, who immediately loaned him to his previous club.

Ormaetxea started playing as a right back, but eventually switched flanks. In the 1962 summer, after two seasons with the reserves, he was promoted to the first team that had just been relegated from La Liga, helping it return to the competition at the end of the 1966–67 campaign.

Ormaetxea's best year in the top level was 1969–70, when he started in all his 28 league appearances and scored twice to help the Txuriurdin finish in seventh position. He retired in 1974 at the age of 35 after several injury problems, having appeared in 280 games all competitions comprised.

Coaching career

Immediately after retiring, Ormaetxea joined Real Sociedad's coaching staff as an assistant manager. In 1978, he replaced José Antonio Irulegui at the helm of the main squad, taking them to national championship conquest in 1981 and 1982 as well as the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey in 1982 and 1983; additionally, in 1979–80, the club trailed Real Madrid by only one point and, the previous season accounted for, established a record of 38 matches without defeat that stood several decades.

Ormaetxea left Hércules CF in September 1986 after only one month in charge, and retired from professionally football, going on to work with Real's veterans and write for El Diario Vasco. In 2005, he supported Miguel Fuentes as the latter ran for president of Sociedad.

Death

Ormaetxea died on 28 October 2005 in San Sebastián, after a long battle with illness. He was 66 years old.

Player

Real Sociedad
  • Segunda División: 1966–67
  • Manager

    Real Sociedad
  • La Liga: 1980–81, 1981–82
  • Supercopa de España: 1982
  • References

    Alberto Ormaetxea Wikipedia


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