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Xabier Etxeita

Xabier Etxeita
Personal information
Full nameXabier Etxeita Gorritxategi
Date of birth (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthZornotza, Spain
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubAthletic Bilbao
Youth career
Senior career*
2006–2009Bilbao Athletic66(7)
2008–2010Athletic Bilbao17(1)
2010Cartagena (loan)14(1)
2013–Athletic Bilbao0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Etxeita and the second or maternal family name is Gorritxategi.

Xabier Etxeita Gorritxategi (born 31 October 1987 in Zornotza, Biscay) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

Football career

A product of Athletic de Bilbao's prolific youth ranks, Lezama, Etxeita's first three games with the first team, in 2008–09's La Liga, were not without incidents: in his first, a 2–0 home win against neighbours CA Osasuna on 16 November 2008,[1] he subbed in for injured Ustaritz, being sent off in the following against CD Numancia (same venue and result).[2]

On 21 December Etxeita replaced Ander Murillo, who also retired before half-time due to injury, in a 1–0 success at Real Betis.[3] During the season, however, he was mainly registered with the B-side.

In the very last days of the 2010 January transfer window Etxeita moved on a five-month loan to FC Cartagena, in the second division.[4] On 16 July 2010 he left Athletic and signed with another side in that level, Elche CF, quickly going on to establish himself in the starting XI.

On 4 June 2013, after contributing with 40 games and four goals as the Valencian Community club returned to the top level after more than 20 years, Etxeita returned to Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer.[5]


External links

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