Mikel Balenziaga

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Mikel Balenziaga
Personal information
Full name Mikel Balenziaga Oruesagasti
Date of birth (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Zumarraga, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 24
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Real Sociedad B 53 (0)
2008 Bilbao Athletic 0 (0)
2008–2011 Athletic Bilbao 25 (0)
2009–2010 Numancia (loan) 26 (0)
2011–2013 Valladolid 72 (0)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 31 (0)
National team
2007 Spain U19 5 (0)
2008 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Balenziaga and the second or maternal family name is Oruesagasti.

Mikel Balenziaga Oruesagasti (born 29 February 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Zumarraga, Gipuzkoa, Balenziaga started his football grooming at Real Sociedad, playing two full seasons with its B-team in the third division. However, in the 2008–09 campaign, he switched to neighbours Athletic Bilbao.

Initially thought of as a member of the reserve side, Balenziaga quickly beat competition from veterans Koikili and Javier Casas to become the undisputed first-choice for the vast majority of the season, making his first-team debut on 14 September 2008 in a 0–0 away draw against Málaga CF – another club graduate, Ander Iturraspe, also made his first La Liga appearance in that game.[1]

In July 2009 Athletic bought Xabier Castillo from neighbours Real Sociedad, and Balenziaga, seeing his chances for the upcoming season dim, accepted a loan move to CD Numancia, freshly relegated from the top division. He transferred to Real Valladolid in the 2011 summer, after an unassuming campaign in which he made only one official appearance for the Lions.

After two solid years as first-choice in Castile and León, Balenziaga returned to Athletic for 2013–14 to challenge for a first-team spot under new manager Ernesto Valverde.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Málaga CF 0-Athletic Club 0: First Point". Athletic Bilbao. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mikel Balenziaga returns to Athletic Bilbao". Inside Spanish Football. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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