Itxako Reyno de Navarra

Full name Itxako Reyno de Navarra
Short name Itxako
Founded 1990
Name Polideportivo Municipal Lizarrerria
Capacity 2,000 seats
Location La Merindad, Estella
President Miguel Bujanda
Head coach Ambros Martín
Assistant coach Manuel Etayo
League Liga ABF
Cup Copa de la Reina
Club colors          
Official website

Itxako Reyno de Navarra is a Spanish team from Estella-Lizarra, Navarre. In 2009 Itxako won the Spanish league[1] and the EHF Cup.[2]

History Edit

Itxako Reyno de Navarra is the professional top level women's team of the S.D. Itxako (Spanish: Sociedad Deportiva Itxako, Itxako Sports Society). The S.D. was founded in 1972. The women's handball department started in 1990 with a young age category team.[3] Ten years later, in 2000, the senior team won the promotion to the top division for women's clubs in Spain, Honor Division (Spanish: División de Honor).[4]

Itxako's first appearance in a European competition was the EHF Cup 2003/04. They were defeated at the eight-finals by Győri Audi ETO KC.[5] In 2008 they finished second in the Spanish league, tied in points with the winner Elda Prestigio. Also during that season Itxako reached the finals of the EHF Cup but lost the title to Russian club Dinamo Volgograd. 2009 brought the first title of the club when Itxako secured the first place at the Spanish league.[1] The success was doubled when they won the EHF Cup against German club HC Leipzig.[2][6]

Team Edit

Current squad Edit

Players for the season 2009/10[7]

Back players
Line players

Technical staff Edit

Staff for the season 2008/09[8]

  • Head coach: Ambros Martín
  • Second coach: Manuel Etayo
  • Physiotherapist: Amaia Mina
  • Medical doctor: Mariano Fortún
  • Delegate: Roberto Zabala

Results Edit

  • Spanish League (Liga ABF)
    • Winner: 2009
    • Runner-up: 2008
  • Spanish Cup (Copa ABF)
    • Runner-up: 2003/04, 2007/08
  • Queen's Cup (Copa de S.M. la Reina)
    • Winner: 2010
    • Semifinalist: 2008
  • Cup Winners' Cup
    • Quarter-finalist: 2006
  • EHF Cup
    • Winner: 2009
    • Finalist: 2008

Stadium Edit

  • Name: Polideportivo Municipal Lizarrerria
  • City: Estella-Lizarra, Navarre, Spain
  • Capacity: 2,000 seats[9]
  • Address: La Merindad, s/n

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 El Itxako se proclama campeón de la Liga ABF. (in Spanish). Diario de Navarra. 14 May 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doblete histórico del Itxako. (in Spanish). Diario de Navarra. 17 May 2009.
  3. S.D. Itxako - History. (in Spanish). S.D. Itxako.
  4. Promociones Primera Estatal Femenina. (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Handball Federation.
  5. EHF European Cup 2003/04 - Clubs - S.D. Itxako Estella. EHF.
  6. EHF European Cup 2008/09 - Rounds - Final. EHF.
  7. Itxako Reyno de Navarra. (in Spanish). S.D. Itxako.
  8. Cuerpo técnico. (in Spanish). S.D. Itxako.
  9. Estella ya vibra con el partido del sábado. (in Spanish). Diario de Noticias. 22 May 2008.