AITOR KARANKA
AITOR
KARANKA

Karanka left Real Madrid in the summer on the arrival of Carlo Ancelloti, who took over from Chelsea-bound Mourinho. Before joining their coaching staff, he was manager of the Spanish U-16 team.

He also represented Real Madrid as a player, making 93 appearances for them between 1997 and 2002 and winning the Champions League with them in 2000 when they beat Valencia 3-0.

The Vitoria-born defender started with Athletic Bilbao and returned for a second spell with the Basque club after leaving Madrid before finishing his career in the USA with Colorado Rapids.

Karanka won a single cap for the Spanish senior team, having played 14 times for their U-21 side.

He also represented Spain in the 1996 Olympic football tournament, where they reached the quarter-finals, and also played for the Basque country team.

In his first season in charge at The Riverside he led Middlesbrough to a 12th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship. In 2014/15 season Karanka led Middlesbrough to the Championship play off final.

Source: Middlesbrough FC

Honours (5)
  • promotions
    • Middlesbrough:
      • Promotion to Premier League, (Season 2015/16)
  • personal-awards
    • Middlesbrough:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (31/12/2015)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (30/09/2015)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (13/01/2015)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (13/01/2015)
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