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Spanish Cumpleanos: Javier Irureta

Spanish Cumpleanos: Javier Irureta

Every weekday Goal.com celebrates the birthday of past and present La Liga-related figures. Today includes all those born on April 1.

1946: Arrigo Sacchi: Better known for his exploits in his native Italy, particularly with Milan where he won back to back European Cups as coach in the late eighties, Arrigo Sacchi also had brief spells in the Primera Liga. In 1998 after his second spell with the Rossoneri, Sacchi took charge of Atletico Madrid but could only guide los Colchoneros to a disappointing 13th place in the league in his only season at the Vicente Calderon. They did, however, qualify for Europe having finished as runners-up in the Copa del Rey. He later returned to Madrid, this time at the Bernabeu as director of football at Real Madrid for the 2004/05 season.

1948: Javier Irureta: Irureta played 13 seasons in the Primera Division starting out with Atletico Madrid where he scored 48 goals in 208 appearances, claiming two Primera Liga crowns before joining Athletic Bilbao where he played until the end of his career in 1980. He won six caps for Spain. Four years later Irureta began his coaching career and after gradually working his way through the lower leagues had spells at Racing Santander, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo before his most successful spell at Deportivo La Coruna. At the Riazor Irureta lead Depor to their first ever league title in 1999/2000 and also won the Copa del Rey and two Spanish Supercopas in a seven year spell and later managed Zaragoza.

1975: Jose Garcia Calvo: A product of Real Madrid's youth system, Garcia Calvo managed just 16 first team appearances for los Merengues before signing for Valladolid where he was a first team regular for four years. He then joined Atletico Madrid, although a regular for his first few seasons he struggled to retain his place and eventually returned to Valladolid in 2006 where he played until his retirement last year.

1976: Clarence Seedorf: After making his name in the Ajax side that claimed UEFA Champions League glory in 1995, Dutch midfield playmaker Seedorf had one season with Sampdoria before signing for Primera Liga giants Real Madrid. He was a virtual ever present in the Blancos team for the first three seasons and claimed UEFA Champions League success and a Primera Liga crown during his time at the Bernabeu. His spell at Madrid ended in 1999/2000 when he joined Inter and later made the switch to city rivals Milan where he became the first player to win the Champions League with three different clubs. At international level Seedorf won the last of his 87 caps for the Netherlands in 2008.

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