Walsall player 133. Zigor Aranalde



Zigor Aranalde Sarasola (born 28 February 1973) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.
Born in Ibarra, Gipuzkoa, Aranalde began his football career at lowly CD Hernani, going on to spend seven of his eight professional seasons in his country in the Segunda División.
In 1996–97 he was first-choice at Sevilla in La Liga, but the Andalusians finished third from the bottom so were relegated.Just before the start of the 2000–01 Football League season, Aranalde joined English Division Two (third-tier) club Walsall on a two-year contract. He spent just under five seasons at the Bescot Stadium, winning promotion via the play-off final in his first year and being a regular member of the side until he was surprisingly released by manager Paul Merson in March 2005; he moved on to Sheffield Wednesday immediately following his release, but was sent off in only his second game for the club, and never appeared for them again.
In the summer of 2005 Aranalde signed for Carlisle United, newly promoted from the Conference to League Two. They went on to win the division championship that season and with it promotion to League One. Aranalde scored five goals during the course of the campaign, and was part of a squad which included two other former Walsall players,striker Karl Hawley and future Preston North End manager Paul Simpson. On 1 October he scored Bristol Rovers 5000th ever goal in a 1–3 loss with an own goal. Carlisle released Aranalde at the end of the 2007–08 season. Two years later, after playing some amateur football in Spain, he returned to England as chief scout at League One club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Personal information
Full name Zigor Aranalde Sarasola
Date of birth 28 February 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Ibarra, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Hernani
1992–1994 Eibar 42 (1)
1994–1996 Atlético Marbella 56 (0)
1996–1997 Sevilla 22 (0)
1997–1999 Albacete 51 (2)
1999–2000 Logroñés 39 (1)
2000–2005 Walsall 195 (5)
2005 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (0)
2005–2008 Carlisle United 109 (6)
2008–2009 Almansa
2009–2010 La Gineta
National team
Basque Country
Teams managed
2011–2013 Albacete (assistant)