Ismael URZAIZ | 1996-2003

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Ismael URZAIZ | 1996-2003

Postby JuLiTo » 2011 Apr 22, 16:29

Nickname: "Panzer"

Club: Athletic Bilbao

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Ismael Urzaiz Aranda (born 7 October 1971) is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a centre forward.

Best known for his physical strength and aerial ability, the unsuccessful youth graduate at Real Madrid went on to represent seven other teams during his extensive professional career, mainly Athletic Bilbao (11 years).

Urzaiz gained nearly 30 caps for Spain, representing the national team at Euro 2000.

Club career

Real Madrid
Born in Tudela, Navarre, Urzaiz began his professional career at Real Madrid's B-side, making his debut in Segunda División in 1989. Despite being a successful youth international, he did not make any La Liga appearances for the first team (however, he did play one game against Odense BK, in the 1990–91 European Cup).

He spent the 1991–92 season on loan at Albacete Balompié, making his top flight debut when he came on as a substitute against Athletic Bilbao in October 1991. In early 1993, Urzaiz was loaned to Celta de Vigo, scoring once in six outings.

Professional journeyman
Urzaiz left Real Madrid permanently in 1993 and during the following three seasons played for three different clubs - Rayo Vallecano, UD Salamanca and RCD Espanyol, with a very modest scoring rate in the first two. He did help Salamanca win promotion to the top flight in 1995, scoring twice as they beat Albacete 5–0 in the play-offs.

The following season he joined Espanyol and exploded as a first-rate attacking player, netting 13 top division goals for a side that eventually finished fourth (including a hat-trick against former club Rayo Vallecano).

Athletic Bilbao
The form of a revived Urzaiz attracted interest and in the summer of 1996 he joined Athletic de Bilbao. In ten seasons at the Basque outfit, he scored 115 goals in 367 league appearances. During 1997–98, he helped Athletic finish second - 32 matches, eight goals - which led to direct qualification for the UEFA Champions League, where the player netted once in 10 games.

In six of the seasons with Athletic, Urzaiz scored in double figures, but the emergence of youth graduate Fernando Llorente (1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)) prompted his exit from the squad, in July 2007.

Ajax Amsterdam
On 19 July 2007, Urzaiz signed a one-year contract with Ajax Amsterdam, joining fellow Spaniards Gabri and Albert Luque. He made his official Ajax debut in the Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague.

After just three league appearances, Urzaiz was released by Ajax, announcing his retirement at nearly 37 shortly afterwards.

International Career

Urzaiz played for Spain as a youth international, helping the country win the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in Denmark, in 1988. He also scored four goals at the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship in Portugal.

On 10 October 1996, Urzaiz made his debut for the senior side, a 0–0 away draw with the Czech Republic for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Over the next three years he made only three more appearances and failed to score. However, he emerged as the hero as Spain qualified for UEFA Euro 2000, scoring six goals in three games. This included two against Austria and a hat-trick against Cyprus. He scored a further two in a friendly against Poland and was picked for the final stages in Belgium and the Netherlands.

After 25 caps and eight goals, Urzaiz made his last appearance for Spain in a 3–0 friendly loss against England, in Birmingham in 2001. Between 1997 and 2005, he also made seven appearances for the Euskadi XI and scored twice in a 3–2 win over Morocco, in 2000.

Club statistics
Season____Club______Competition___ Apps__(Goals)
1989–90 _esp Real Madrid B Segunda División 10 (5)
1990–91 _esp Real Madrid B Segunda División B 11 (0)
1990–91 _esp Real Madrid La Liga 0 (0)
1991–92 _esp Albacete La Liga 11 (1)
1992–93 _esp Real Madrid B Segunda División 27 (7)
1992–93 _esp Real Madrid La Liga 0 (0)
1992–93 _esp Celta La Liga 6 (1)
1993–94 _esp Rayo Vallecano La Liga 20 (1)
1994–95 _esp Salamanca Segunda División 21 (3)
1995–96 _esp Espanyol La Liga 41 (13)
1996–97 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 38 (16)
1997–98 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 32 (8)
1998–99 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 36 (16)
1999–00 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 33 (5)
2000–01 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 34 (10)
2001–02 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 36 (16)
2002–03 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 31 (14)
2003–04 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 37 (8)
2004–05 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 31 (12)
2005–06 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 26 (3)
2006–07 _esp Athletic Bilbao La Liga 33 (8)
2007–08 _ned Ajax Eredivisie 3 (0)
_________________________Total 517 (147)


_esp Real Madrid CF
Spanish Cup: 1992–93
Spanish Supercup: 1990

_ned Ajax Amsterdam
Dutch Supercup: 2007


_esp Spain U16
UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship: 1988


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Re: Ismael URZAIZ | 1996-2003

Postby JuLiTo » 2011 Nov 11, 11:19

Updated to new format please? thanks :P
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Re: Ismael URZAIZ | 1996-2003

Postby gala2000 » 2012 Jan 24, 15:23

i think TS and DS can be yellow, he had good speed for a CF with and without the ball

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Re: Ismael URZAIZ | 1996-2003

Postby pcrooce » 2019 Nov 30, 16:47

most header goals on La Liga in the last 25 years:

60 Urzaiz
52 Cristiano
49 Aduriz
43 Raul
42 Llorente
39 Pandiani
37 Kovacevic & Sergio Ramos
35 Morientes

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