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Asier Illarramendi

Asier Illarramendi

Illarramendi playing for Real Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Asier Illarramendi Andonegi
Date of birth (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990
Place of birth Mutriku, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 24
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Real Sociedad B 93 (7)
2010–2013 Real Sociedad 54 (0)
2013– Real Madrid 38 (2)
National team
2006–2007 Spain U17 12 (0)
2009 Spain U19 1 (0)
2011–2013 Spain U21 16 (0)
2012 Spain U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:56, 6 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Asier Illarramendi "Illarra" Andonegi (born 8 March 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a defensive midfielder.


  • Club career 1
    • Real Sociedad 1.1
    • Real Madrid 1.2
  • International career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • Country 3.2
  • Club statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Real Sociedad

A product of local Real Sociedad's youth system, Illarramendi was born in Mutriku, Gipuzkoa, and he spent the vast majority of his first four senior seasons with the B-team, contributing with 27 games and two goals in 2009–10 as the Basque returned to Segunda División B after one year out. On 19 June 2010, in the last day of the Segunda División campaign, as the first team had already sealed its promotion to La Liga as champions, he made his first official appearance, in a 1–4 away loss against Elche CF.[1][2]

On 23 January 2011 Illarramendi made his top division debut, in a 1–2 loss at Villarreal CF.[3] The following month, he first appeared as a starter playing the full 90 minutes in another away defeat (1–4 against RCD Espanyol);[4] the bulk of the season was spent, however, with the reserves in level three.

Illarramendi started in all of his 32 league appearances in the 2012–13 season, as Real Sociedad finished fourth and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in ten years.[5]

Real Madrid

Illarramendi in 2013

On 12 July 2013, Illarramendi signed a six-year contract with giants Real Madrid for a fee of €32.2 million,[6] the highest amount paid by the club for a Spanish player.[7] He made his official debut on 14 September by starting in a 2–2 away draw against Villarreal,[8] and scored his first goal on 18 December in a 2–0 home win over CD Olímpic de Xàtiva for the season's Copa del Rey (also the aggregate score).[9]

Illarramendi netted his first league goal for the Merengues on 22 February 2014, after his long-range effort against Elche was deflected and the hosts won it 3–0.[10] His second came on 5 April, as he scored the first in an eventual 4–0 success at former team Real Sociedad in the 44th minute.[11]

International career

Illarramendi in action for Spain U21s

Illarramendi helped Spain reach the final of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, featuring in all games but one. He missed one of the penalties in the final shootout, which allowed Nigeria to lift the trophy.[12]

Illarramendi gained 16 caps for the under-21 team in two years. He represented it at the 2013 UEFA European Championship in Israel, being first-choice as the nation won the competition and being selected in the team of the tournament.[13]



Real Madrid


Spain U21
Spain U17

Club statistics

As of 6 December 2014[14][15]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad 2009–10 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 3 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 18 0 0 0 18 0
2012–13 32 0 2 0 34 0
Total 54 0 2 0 56 0
Real Madrid 2013–14 29 2 9 1 11 0 0 0 49 3
2014–15 9 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 16 0
Total 38 2 11 1 15 0 1 0 65 3
Career total 92 2 13 1 15 0 1 0 121 3

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.


  1. ^ "Jorge Molina marca los cuatro goles y acaba 'pichichi' de la división de plata" [Jorge Molina scores all four goals to end silver category 'pichichi'] (in Spanish).  
  2. ^ «Ojo a Illarra y a Albistegi» («Keep your eye on Illarra and Albistegi»); Diario Vasco, 20 June 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Rossi shines in Yellow Submarine victory; ESPN Soccernet, 23 January 2011
  4. ^ Espanyol rally to beat Real; ESPN Soccernet, 26 February 2011
  5. ^ "La Real Sociedad tampoco falla ante el Sevilla F.C." [Real Sociedad does not fail against Sevilla F.C. as well] (in Spanish). Viva Fútbol. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Real Madrid reveal €32.19 million Illarra fee".  
  7. ^ " [National product at 'galáctico' prices]'"Producto nacional a precio 'galáctico (in Spanish).  
  8. ^ "Bale's debut goal not enough". ESPN FC. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "El Madrid cumple con su tarea" [Madrid does its job] (in Spanish).  
  10. ^ "Pleno sin Cristiano" [Three for three without Cristiano] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "El Madrid sigue al rebote" [Madrid still on the rebound] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Spain-Nigeria 0:0 a.e.t. 0:3 PSO". 9 September 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". 21 June 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Illarramendi". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Asier Illarramendi at ESPN FC

External links

  • Real Madrid official profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
  • Asier Illarramendi – FIFA competition record
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