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Bournemouth next manager after Andoni Iraola
Andoni Iraola is a Spanish football manager and former professional player who was recently appointed as the new manager of AFC Bournemouth. Born on June 22, 1982, in Usurbil, Spain, Iraola is 41 years old and brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
During his playing career, Iraola primarily operated as a right-back. Standing at a height of 1.81 meters (5 feet 11 inches), he possessed excellent defensive skills and was known for his versatility and work rate on the field. Iraola began his football journey at Antiguoko, a youth club where he honed his skills before moving to Athletic Bilbao's youth system in 1999.
After progressing through the ranks, Iraola made his senior debut for Bilbao's reserve team, Basconia, in the 2000-2001 season. He made 35 appearances and scored four goals during that time. Iraola then advanced to Bilbao Athletic, the club's second team, where he played from 2001 to 2003, accumulating 75 appearances and netting 15 goals.
In 2003, Iraola made the leap to the first team of Athletic Bilbao, where he enjoyed an illustrious career that spanned 12 years. He made a remarkable 406 appearances for the club, finding the back of the net 33 times. Known for his consistent performances and defensive prowess, Iraola became a fan favorite and a key figure for Athletic Bilbao.
Despite spending the majority of his career with Athletic Bilbao, Iraola also had a brief stint in Major League Soccer (MLS) with New York City from 2015 to 2016. During his time in the United States, he made 38 appearances for the club but did not score any goals.
On the international stage, Iraola represented Spain at various levels. He earned one cap each for the U18 and U21 national teams in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Additionally, Iraola received seven call-ups to the senior national team between 2008 and 2011.
After retiring as a player, Iraola transitioned into coaching. He started his managerial career at AEK Larnaca in 2018 and spent a season there before moving to Mirandés in 2019. His most recent managerial role prior to joining AFC Bournemouth was at Rayo Vallecano, where he coached from 2020 to 2023.
In 2023, Iraola took on a new challenge by accepting the position of manager at AFC Bournemouth. The English club, known for its attractive style of play and recent promotion to the Premier League, entrusted Iraola with the task of leading the team to further success.
As the new manager of AFC Bournemouth, Andoni Iraola's vast experience as both a player and a coach makes him well-equipped to guide the team and bring his tactical knowledge to bear on the challenges ahead. With his footballing background and leadership skills, Iraola aims to help the club achieve its goals and make a positive impact in the highly competitive world of English football.
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