- Rafael Alkorta
Football player infobox
playername = Rafael Alkorta
fullname = Rafael Alkorta Martínez
dateofbirth = Birth date and age|1968|9|16|mf=y
height = 1,78 m
position = Defender
youthyears = 1978-1985
years= 1985-1987 1987-1993
Bilbao Athletic Athletic Bilbao Real MadridAthletic Bilbao
caps(goals) = 40 (?) 172 (2)
107 (2) 91 (4)
nationalyears = 1990-1998
nationalteam = Spain
nationalcaps(goals) = 54 (0)
Alkorta began playing as a junior with
Athletic de Bilbaoin 1978 and made his professional debut with Bilbao Athleticin 1985. He made 40 appearances with the reserve side before being promoted by Howard Kendallto the senior team in 1987, making his debut in a 0-1 defeat at Real Valladolid, on October 24. He subsequently made 172 " La Liga" appearances, and established himself as an outstanding man marker.
Alkorta attracted the attention of
Real Madrid, for whom he signed in 1993-94. At Real, he formed a notable partnership with Fernando Hierro. After 107 league appearances (scoring twice) and two titles, he returned to Athletic in 1997-98, helping the side finish second in his return. He played a further 91 league matches, with 4 goals, before retiring as a player in 2002.
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