Beñat in action for Betis in 2012
|Full name||Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga|
|Date of birth||19 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Igorre, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Conquense (loan)||34||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
In the 2008–09 season Beñat played with UB Conquense in the third division, 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.
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 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. He finished the campaign with 34 games and four goals, helping the club finish seventh and qualify to the UEFA Europa League.
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 and thus becoming the first Betis player since Juanito to don the national team shirt, nearly four years later.
- Osasuna 1–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 29 October 2006
- "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.
- "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.
- Sevilla let Euro hopes slip; ESPN Soccernet, 2 May 2012
- Betis stun Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 24 November 2012
- "Signing of Beñat Etxebarria". Athletic's official website. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for Euro] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "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.
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Beñat Etxebarria at National-Football-Teams.com
- Soccerway profile