Aduriz in action for Valencia in 2011
|Full name||Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia|
|Date of birth||11 February 1981|
|Place of birth||San Sebastián, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Burgos (loan)||36||(16)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Aduriz was brought through the ranks of the famed Lezama youth system at Athletic Bilbao, although he arrived there at already 19 from amateurs CD Aurrerá de Vitoria. He made his first-team debut on 14 September 2002 against FC Barcelona in a 0–2 home loss, and went on to spend almost three seasons (one in Burgos CF, one and-a-half in Real Valladolid) in the second division before returning to Athletic in December 2005.
Aduriz showed continuous progress ever since, attested by his nine La Liga goals in 34 games in the 2006–07 season, including a hat-trick against Real Zaragoza on 19 May 2007, albeit in a 3–4 defeat. In the following campaign, he was overshadowed by teammate Fernando Llorente, but still managed seven goals in 33 league appearances.
On 4 August 2008 Aduriz became the first player to score at the Colchester Community Stadium, in a friendly match with Colchester United. On the 25th Athletic Bilbao announced he had been sold to RCD Mallorca, signing a four-year contract.
On 26 October Aduriz scored a brace for his new club, in a 3–0 home success over RCD Espanyol, and finished his first year as the side's top scorer, for a final ninth position. He repeated the individual feat in 2009–10 – improving to 12 – as the Balearic Islands side ranked fifth, with qualification to the UEFA Europa League.
From January 2011, after the arrival of Brazilian Jonas in the winter transfer window, and due to the fact manager Unai Emery often only played with one pure striker – Roberto Soldado – Aduriz found himself on the bench more often than not. He still managed to finish his first season as a Che with 14 official goals, including two in the side's UEFA Champions League campaign, one in each of the games against Bursaspor.
Return to Bilbao
On 27 June 2012, Aduriz rejoined first professional club Athletic Bilbao for a fee in the region of €2.5 million, signing for three seasons. On 23 August he scored his first goals in his second spell, netting a brace in a 6–0 home win against HJK Helsinki for the Europa League playoff round (9–3 on aggregate); on 20 October he returned to the Mestalla Stadium to face his previous team and netted twice, albeit in a 2–3 loss.
Aduriz continued with his form on 4 November 2012, scoring two goals in a 2–1 away win over Granada CF. He quickly profitted from Llorente's shaky contractual situation to become first-choice, and finished his first season in his second spell with 18 official goals, 14 in the league.
Llorente left for Juventus F.C. in the 2013 summer, and Aduriz was made the starter by new manager Ernesto Valverde. On 28 February of the following year, he scored three of his team's goals to help the hosts defeat Granada CF 4–0.
On 23 May 2015, the last day of the campaign, Aduriz netted twice in a 4–0 home victory over Villarreal CF to clinch the Zarra Trophy by surpassing Rayo Vallecano's Alberto Bueno, whilst also qualifiying Athletic to the Europa League. In the 24th minute, he ceded a penalty kick to Andoni Iraola who was leaving the club after 16 years, but his teammate declined, so he converted it instead.
After an impressive start to his Valencia career, 29-year-old Aduriz earned a first call-up to the Spanish national team, being picked for two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers in October 2010. On the 8th he made his debut, replacing Llorente for the last 15 minutes of a 3–1 home win against Lithuania.
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- "Aduriz: "Llorente es el primero que quiere tranquilidad"" [Aduriz: "Llorente is the first to want tranquility"] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Aduriz eclipsa a Llorente" [Aduriz eclipses Llorente] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Aduriz lidera a un Athletic de Champions" [Aduriz leads Champions-bound Athletic] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "El Athletic monta la fiesta" [Athletic gets the party started] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "Mata the catalyst as Spain win in Lithuania". UEFA.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- Official site statistics
- "Aduriz". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
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