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Andoni Imaz

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Full name  Andoni Imaz Garmendia
1990–1991  Real Sociedad B
Position  Midfielder
Years  Team
Height  1.77 m
Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Footballer
Name  Andoni Imaz

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Date of birth  (1971-09-05) 5 September 1971 (age 44)

Place of birth  San Sebastian, Spain

Andoni imaz


Andoni Imaz Garmendia (born 5 September 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

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He played in 225 La Liga games during ten seasons, scoring a combined eight goals for Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao.

Real Sociedad

Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Imaz was immediately thrust into hometown club Real Sociedad's starting XI in La Liga at the age of 20 after a single season in the reserves. His debut in the competition took place on 8 September 1991, when he played the entire 0–0 home draw against Real Zaragoza. He scored his first top division goal on 10 November 1991, helping his team to a 2–2 away draw to Real Valladolid.

In 1993, Imaz acted as captain in the inaugural match at the Anoeta Stadium, a 2–2 friendly draw with Real Madrid. During his spell, he never appeared in less than 26 league games.

Athletic Bilbao

In the summer of 1998, Imaz opted against renewing his contract and signed with Basque Country neighbours Athletic Bilbao. After helping the Lions reach the group phase of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League by netting in the 1–2 loss at FC Dinamo Tbilisi (eventually qualifying via the away goals rule) he played five times in that stage of the tournament, which ended in elimination in last place.

After 26 league matches in his first two seasons combined, Imaz was rarely selected after the arrival of manager Txetxu Rojo, meeting the same fate under Jupp Heynckes and retiring at only 30 due to injury problems.

International career

Imaz won one cap for Spain, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 friendly with Mexico in Las Palmas. He also featured for the unofficial Basque Country regional team.

Post-retirement

After retiring, Imaz engaged in politics, running as sports councillor for the Basque Nationalist Party in the town of Tolosa and being elected in 2003. He resigned after one four-year term, claiming he had "had enough".

In 2013, Imaz was appointed as Athletic Bilbao's match delegate, being voted the league's best the following year.

Honours

Spain U21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: Third place 1994
  • References

    Andoni Imaz Wikipedia


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