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Mikel San José

Mikel San José
Spain U218(1)
2012Spain U231(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is San José and the second or maternal family name is Domínguez.

Mikel San José Domínguez (born 30 May 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a central defender.

Club career

Early years / Liverpool

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, San José progressed through the youth teams at Athletic Bilbao in the neighbouring Basque Country, playing for the Juvenil B team and moving to the A's in the 2006–07 season, where he made 27 appearances and scored five goals.[1]

Aged just 18, he signed a three-year contract with Liverpool, in August 2007, and subsequently played regularly for the reserves, in 2007–08[2] and 2008–09.[3]

Athletic return

In August 2009 San José returned to Bilbao on a season-long loan, to gain more first-team experience.[4] He was awarded the number 12 shirt, making his debut on 17 September 2009 in the club's 3–0 home win for the season's UEFA Europa League group stage, against FK Austria Wien.[5] It was reported in early November 2009 that he was frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities at Bilbao, and that if this did not improve he would look to shorten the loan agreement and move either back to Liverpool or on loan to another club in January 2010;[6] on the 8th he finally made his La Liga debut, playing the last minute of the 2–0 win at Racing de Santander, and finished the season with 30 overall appearances, netting three times.

On 19 May 2010 San José was signed permanently by Athletic, for five years.[7] In his first year he was periodically charged with penalty-taking by manager Joaquín Caparrós, replacing longtime incumbent Andoni Iraola.

On 5 December 2010, in his first Basque derby, against Real Sociedad, San José committed a penalty which resulted in the first goal, and scored in his own net in the beginning of the second half, for the game's final 2–0 at the Anoeta Stadium.[8] He finished the 2012–13 campaign with six goals all competitions comprised, netting five goals in the league as the Lions finished 12th, and was often utilized as a defensive midfielder by coach Marcelo Bielsa.[9]

San José scored the first-ever goal for Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mamés Stadium (second overall) on 16 September 2013, netting from close range in a 3–2 win over Celta de Vigo.[10][11] He began to be overshadowed by fellow youth graduate Aymeric Laporte, however.

International career

San José was part of the Spanish team who captured the UEFA Under-19 Championship in July 2007. Having made 16 appearances in that category, he progressed to the under-21s in early 2009.[12]



Athletic Bilbao


Spain U21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 2011
Spain U19
  • UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship: 2007

Club statistics

As of 30 June 2013
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2009–10 25 1 0 0 5 2 30 3
2010–11 31 2 3 0 34 2
2011–12 24 2 6 1 8 0 38 3
2012–13 34 5 2 0 4 1 40 6
Total 114 10 11 1 17 3 142 14


External links

  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Transfermarkt profile
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