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Ibai Gómez

Ibai
Basque Country1(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 December 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Gómez and the second or maternal family name is Pérez.

Ibai Gómez Pérez (born 11 November 1989 in Bilbao, Biscay), simply known as Ibai, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, as a forward.

Football career

Ibai began his career with Santutxu FC in the Basque regional leagues, winning the Balón de Oro for the category in February 2009.[1] After five years with the club he left, but stayed in the region after agreeing on a move to third division's Sestao River Club.

On 4 June 2010, after Sestao's relegation, Ibai moved straight into La Liga, joining Athletic Bilbao for two years,[2] with an option for a further one or two.[3] He spent most of his first year with the reserves, in the third level.

On 17 October 2010 Ibai made his top flight debut, coming on as a substitute for Gaizka Toquero in the 67th minute of a home match against Real Zaragoza (2–1 win); after only three minutes, however, he himself had to be substituted, being stretchered off after suffering a knee injury.[4]

Ibai contributed with two goals as Athletic reached the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League final – totalling seven appearances in the competition – scoring against FC Schalke 04 (2–2 home draw, 6–4 on aggregate)[5] and Sporting Clube de Portugal (3–1 home success, 4–3 aggregate win).[6]

Ibai was definitely promoted to the first team for the 2012–13 season, being given the number 11 jersey. On 17 November 2012 he scored his first league goal of the campaign, but in a 1–5 loss at Real Madrid.[7]

Honours

Club statistics

As of 31 May 2013[8]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[9] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sestao River 2009–10 36 8 - - - - - - 36 8
Total 36 8 0 0 - - - - 36 8
Bilbao Athletic 2010–11 12 4 - - - - - - 12 4
2011–12 16 10 0 0 - - - - 16 10
Total 28 14 0 0 - - - - 28 14
Athletic Bilbao 2010–11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 19 0 3 0 7 2 0 0 29 2
2012–13 34 4 2 0 9 1 0 0 45 5
Total 56 4 5 0 16 3 0 0 77 7
Career totals 120 26 5 0 16 3 0 0 141 29

References

External links

  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
  • Transfermarkt profile
  • Biography at La pizarra de Luis (Spanish)
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