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Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel Balenziaga
Personal information
Full nameMikel Balenziaga Oruesagasti
Date of birth (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birthZumarraga, Spain
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionLeft back
Club information
Current clubAthletic Bilbao
Number24
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2008Real Sociedad B53(0)
2008–2011Athletic Bilbao25(0)
2009–2010Numancia (loan)26(0)
2011–2013Valladolid72(0)
2013–Athletic Bilbao5(0)
National team
2007Spain U195(0)
2008Spain U211(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Balenziaga and the second or maternal family name is Oruesagasti.

Mikel Balenziaga Oruesagasti (born 29 February 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a left defender.

Club career

Born in Zumarraga, Gipuzkoa, Balenziaga started his football grooming at Real Sociedad, playing two full seasons with its B-team in the third division. However, in the 2008–09 campaign, he switched to neighbours Athletic Bilbao.

Initially thought of as a member of the reserve side, Balenziaga quickly beat competition from veterans Koikili and Javier Casas to become the undisputed first-choice for the vast majority of the season, making his first-team debut on 14 September 2008 in a 0–0 away draw against Málaga CF – another club graduate, Ander Iturraspe, also made his first La Liga appearance in that game.[1]

In July 2009 Athletic bought Xabier Castillo from neighbours Real Sociedad, and Balenziaga, seeing his chances for the upcoming season dim, accepted a loan move to CD Numancia, freshly relegated from the top division. He transferred to Real Valladolid in the 2011 summer, after an unassuming campaign in which he made only one official appearance for the Lions.

After two solid top flight years in Castile and León Balenziaga returned to Athletic for the 2013–14 season, to challenge for a first-team spot under new manager Ernesto Valverde.[2]

References

External links

  • Valladolid official profile (Spanish)
  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Transfermarkt profile
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