Markel Susaeta

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Markel Susaeta
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Susaeta in action for Athletic Bilbao
Personal information
Full name Markel Susaeta Laskurain
Date of birth (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Eibar, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 14
Youth career
1997–2005 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Baskonia 36 (4)
2006–2008 Bilbao Athletic 41 (3)
2007– Athletic Bilbao 238 (29)
National team
2007–2008 Spain U21 3 (0)
2012– Spain 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† 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 Susaeta and the second or maternal family name is Laskurain.

Markel Susaeta Laskurain (Basque: [markel s̻us̻aeta las̻kuɾain], Spanish: [ˈmarkel susaˈeta laskuˈɾain]; born 14 December 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Coming through the ranks of Athletic Bilbao, Susaeta was born in Eibar, Gipuzkoa and given his first-team debut on 2 September 2007, managing to score in a 1–3 loss at FC Barcelona.[1] At the start of the 2007–08 season he was also registered for the club's B-side, Bilbao Athletic, but finished it with 29 La Liga appearances (netting on four occasions).

In the following years Susaeta established himself firmly in Athletic's first team, although still not an undisputed starter for the Basque side. On 31 January 2009 he scored four minutes from time to give his side a 3–2 home win against Málaga CF,[2] in an eventual narrow escape from relegation; he also appeared in six matches in the campaign's Copa del Rey, as Athletic reached the final against Barcelona.

Susaeta netted a career-best 13 official goals in 2011–12, including five in the season's UEFA Europa League as Athletic reached the final[3][4][5][6][7]the Lions also reached the decisive match in the domestic cup, once again against Barcelona.

International career[edit]

On 9 November 2012, following a series of good displays, Susaeta was called up to the Spanish national team for the first time, being selected by manager Vicente del Bosque for a friendly against Panama on the 14th[8] and scoring the final goal in the 5–1 win in Panama City.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2012 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Panama 5–0 5–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 March 2014[10]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[11] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Baskonia 2005–06 36 4 36 4
Total 36 4 36 4
Bilbao Athletic 2006–07 36 3 36 3
2007–08 5 0 5 0
Total 41 3 41 3
Athletic Bilbao 2007–08 29 4 5 2 34 6
2008–09 34 1 6 0 40 1
2009–10 35 4 1 0 9 0 1 0 46 4
2010–11 28 1 3 0 31 1
2011–12 38 6 9 2 16 5 63 13
2012–13 36 7 2 0 8 4 46 11
2013–14 27 4 5 1 0 0 32 5
Total 227 27 26 4 33 9 1 0 287 40
Career totals 304 34 26 4 33 9 1 0 365 47

Personal life[edit]

Susaeta's cousin, Néstor, is also a footballer and a winger. He unsuccessfully emerged through Basque neighbours Real Sociedad's youth system, and had a brief spell with Athletic's reserves.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barcelona 3–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 2 September 2007
  2. ^ Athletic Bilbao 3–2 Málaga; ESPN Soccernet, 31 January 2009
  3. ^ Muniain finish seals Athletic win at Slovan; UEFA.com, 15 September 2011
  4. ^ Athletic attacking prowess puts paid to PSG; UEFA.com, 29 September 2011
  5. ^ Athletic down Slovan to top Group F; UEFA.com, 1 December 2011
  6. ^ Athletic stride past Schalke and into semi-finals; UEFA.com, 5 April 2012
  7. ^ Athletic leave it late as Llorente sets up final date; UEFA.com, 26 April 2012
  8. ^ Spain calls up Markel Susaeta; ESPN Soccernet, 9 November 2012
  9. ^ España abre en canal a Panamá (Spain 'canals' Panama); Marca, 15 November 2012 (Spanish)
  10. ^ "Susaeta". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
  12. ^ Primer enfrentamiento de los primos Susaeta (First head-to-head for Susaeta cousins); Diario AS, 27 October 2009 (Spanish)

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