Beñat Etxebarria

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Beñat in action for Betis in 2012
Personal information
Full name Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga
Date of birth (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Igorre, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 7
Youth career
1997–1998 CD Arratia
1998–2005 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Baskonia 21 (3)
2006–2008 Bilbao Athletic 75 (5)
2006–2009 Athletic Bilbao 1 (0)
2008–2009 Conquense (loan) 34 (6)
2009–2010 Betis B 34 (3)
2010–2013 Betis 105 (14)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 41 (2)
National team
2004–2005 Spain U17 5 (0)
2012– Spain 4 (0)
2011– Basque Country 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Etxebarria and the second or maternal family name is Urkiaga.

Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga (Basque: [beɲat etʃeβaria urkiaɣa], Spanish: [beˈɲat etʃeβaˈri.a urˈkjaɣa]; born 19 February 1987), known as simply Beñat, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Coming through the prolific youth ranks at Athletic Bilbao, Lezama, Beñat was born in Igorre, Biscay, and played his first three years with both the third team, CD Baskonia, and the reserve side.

On 29 October 2006 he appeared in his first – and only – La Liga game, which consisted of six minutes against CA Osasuna in a 1–1 away draw after replacing another youth product, Francisco Yeste.[1]


In the 2008–09 season Beñat played with UB Conquense in the third division,[2] after which he was released by Athletic. In the summer he signed with Real Betis, but spent his first season with the reserves also in level three.[3]

On 29 August 2010 Beñat made his debut for Betis' main squad, playing the second half of the 4–1 home win against Granada CF and assisting on a Salva Sevilla goal. Three days later he scored in his first start, a 2–1 home triumph against UD Salamanca for the season's Copa del Rey; in the league campaign he contributed with 36 matches (30 starts, 2.521 minutes of action) as the Andalusians returned to the top flight after three years, netting four times.

On 2 May 2012, Beñat scored twice for his fifth and sixth goals of the season, in a 2–1 win at Sevilla FC for the local derby. The winner came in the 90th minute.[4]

On 24 November 2012, Beñat netted the game's only goal in a 1–0 home success over Real Madrid. He scored with a shot from outside the 18-yard box in the 17th minute.[5] He finished the campaign with 34 games and four goals, helping the club finish seventh and qualify to the UEFA Europa League.

Athletic return[edit]

In June 2013 Beñat returned to Athletic Bilbao, signing a five-year contract for a reported fee of 8 million.[6]

International career[edit]

Beñat played with the Spanish youth teams at under-17 level. He made his debut for the full side on 26 May 2012, playing 45 minutes in a 2–0 friendly win with Serbia in St. Gallen[7] and thus becoming the first Betis player since Juanito to don the national team shirt, nearly four years later.[8]


  1. ^ Osasuna 1–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 29 October 2006
  2. ^ "El Conquense consigue la segunda cesión rojiblanca: Beñat" [Conquense gets second loan from rojiblancos: Beñat] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Betis ficha a Beñat (Athletic) y Regino (San Fernando) para el filial" [Betis signs Beñat (Athletic) and Regino (San Fernando) for reserves] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Sevilla let Euro hopes slip; ESPN Soccernet, 2 May 2012
  5. ^ Betis stun Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 24 November 2012
  6. ^ "Signing of Beñat Etxebarria". Athletic's official website. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for Euro] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Beñat toma el testigo de Juanito en La Roja" [Beñat takes over for Juanito in La Roja] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 

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