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Inaxio Kortabarria


Dec 15, 2021

Inaxio Kortabarria Abarrategi (born 31 July 1950) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central defender.

Spanish footballer
In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Kortabarria and the second or maternal family name is Abarrategi.
Inaxio Kortabarria

Kortabarria in 1981
Personal information
Full name Inaxio Kortabarria Abarrategi
Date of birth (1950-07-31) 31 July 1950 (age 71)
Place of birth Mondragón, Spain

1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)

Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 San Sebastián 77 (1)
1971–1985 Real Sociedad 355 (16)
Total 432 (17)
National team
1974–1976 Spain amateur 4 (0)
1976–1977 Spain 4 (0)
1979 Basque Country 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Kortabarria was born in Mondragón, Gipuzkoa. During his career he played solely for Real Sociedad, making his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 19 September 1971 against Deportivo de La Coruña[1] and finishing his first season with 14 appearances.

From there onwards, Kortabarria rarely missed a game, contributing 30 and 31 matches respectively as the Basques won back-to-back leagues (whilst adding five and six goals, his career-bests) with him as captain. In the last round of the 1980–81 campaign, he opened the scoring through an early penalty as Real drew 2–2 at Sporting de Gijón to eventually edge Real Madrid on goal difference.[2][3]

After losing his place to younger Agustín Gajate, Alberto Górriz and Juan Antonio Larrañaga, all brought up in the club’s youth academy, Kortabarria chose to retire at the end of 1984–85 aged 35. He made 442 appearances in all competitions, eighth all-time for Real Sociedad.[4]

Kortabarria earned four caps for Spain, in less than one year. His debut came on 22 May 1976, in a 2–0 loss in West Germany for the UEFA Euro 1976‘s qualifying stages.[4]

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