Mikel Lasa

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Mikel Lasa
Personal information
Full name Mikel Lasa Goikoetxea
Date of birth (1971-09-09) 9 September 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Legorreta, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Real Sociedad B
1989–1991 Real Sociedad 77 (2)
1991–1997 Real Madrid 139 (3)
1997–2001 Athletic Bilbao 51 (1)
2001–2003 Murcia 49 (0)
2003–2004 Ciudad Murcia 19 (0)
Total 335 (6)
National team
1987–1988 Spain U16 11 (3)
1988 Spain U17 1 (0)
1989 Spain U18 4 (1)
1988–1989 Spain U19 4 (0)
1989–1990 Spain U20 4 (0)
1990–1994 Spain U21 17 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 13 (1)
1993 Spain 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Football
Gold 1992 Barcelona Team Competition
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Lasa and the second or maternal family name is Goikoetxea.

Mikel Lasa Goikoetxea (born 9 September 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.

He played 267 La Liga games during 13 seasons (six goals scored), representing Real Sociedad, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. He was part of the squad that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.

Club career[edit]

Lasa was born in Legorreta, Gipuzkoa. He was a product of local Real Sociedad's youth ranks, and made his La Liga debuts not yet aged 18, as the Basque side was coached by John Benjamin Toshack, during the 1988–89 season.

After delivering as a young talent, Lasa signed with Real Madrid for the 1991–92 campaign for approximately 1.7 million, seen as a replacement for ageing Rafael Gordillo. After struggling initially with the merengues, barred by Francisco Villarroya, he eventually became the starter, also netting in the club's 2–0 win in the 1993 Copa del Rey final, against Real Zaragoza; however, he would be virtually absent from the lineups after the 1996 signing of Brazilian Roberto Carlos.

Lasa joined Real Sociedad's neighbours, Athletic de Bilbao, in 1997–98, being an important first-team element as it achieved a runner-up place. However, he played very little in his final three seasons and retired altogether in 2004, after second division spells with neighbours Real and Ciudad de Murcia.

International career[edit]

Lasa played twice for Spain in 1993, incidentally both matches being against Lithuania during the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

He was also a member of the side that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U23
Spain U16
Spain U21

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