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Ariel Ibagaza
Personal information
Full name Ariel Miguel Santiago Ibagaza
Date of birth (1976-10-27) 27 October 1976 (age 47)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.66 m
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Olympiacos B (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Lanús 97 (10)
1998–2003 Mallorca 143 (19)
2003–2006 Atlético Madrid 85 (5)
2006–2008 Mallorca 61 (6)
2008–2010 Villarreal 54 (3)
2010–2014 Olympiacos 72 (1)
2014–2015 Panionios 23 (0)
Total 535 (44)
National team
1995 Argentina U20 6 (1)
2004 Argentina 1 (0)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Olympiacos (assistant)
2017 Olympiacos (assistant)
2017–2018 Olympiacos U20 (assistant)
2018 Olympiacos (assistant)
2021–2022 Olympiacos B
2023– Olympiacos B
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ariel Miguel Santiago Ibagaza (born 27 October 1976) is an Argentine professional football manager and former player. Nicknamed El Caño, his usual position was attacking midfielder, and he was well known for his technique and vision.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Spain – where he represented mainly Mallorca – and amassing La Liga totals of 343 matches and 33 goals over 12 seasons.

Playing career

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Ibagaza in action for Olympiacos in 2011

Born in Buenos Aires, Ibagaza began his professional career with Club Atlético Lanús, and moved in July 1998 to RCD Mallorca in Spain alongside teammate Gustavo Siviero (another Argentine, Carlos Roa, had done the same move the previous season), being part of the Balearic Islands side that finished third in his first year, narrowly missing on UEFA Champions League group stage entry.

In the 2000–01 campaign Ibagaza, best known for his playmaking decisions, scored a career-best ten goals, and continued to be an undisputed starter – and team captain – for Mallorca until his departure for Atlético Madrid, in July 2003. He renewed his contract in March 2006, but found himself surplus to requirements at the start of 2006–07, and arranged a move back to Mallorca, being among the top assisters in the second season after the return.

Ibagaza signed a 1.5 million deal with Villarreal CF in early July 2008, for two seasons. Two years later, after two irregular seasons, marred by some physical problems (even though he still managed to appear in more than 60 official games with the Valencian team), the 34-year-old moved to Olympiacos F.C. in Greece, agreeing to a two-year deal.

Ibagaza scored his first official goal for the Piraeus club in a 1–0 away win against Asteras Tripoli FC, and went on to contribute with 24 matches (no goals) as his team won the national championship. He left in June 2014 after 97 competitive appearances and a further three domestic leagues and, on 20 August of that year, signed for one year with fellow league side Panionios FC.

Managerial career

Ibagaza managed Olympiacos B for season 2021–22 in Super League Greece 2.



  • Copa CONMEBOL: 1996



  • Super League Greece: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Greek Football Cup: 2011–12, 2012–13



See also

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