Mikel San José

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Mikel San José
San José in action for Liverpool in 2009
Personal information
Full name Mikel San José Domínguez
Date of birth (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2007 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Liverpool 0 (0)
2009–2010 Athletic Bilbao (loan) 25 (1)
2010– Athletic Bilbao 114 (14)
National team
2007–2008 Spain U19 16 (0)
2009–2011 Spain U21 8 (1)
2012 Spain U23 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 San José and the second or maternal family name is Domínguez.

Mikel San José Domínguez (born 30 May 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Liverpool[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, San José progressed through the youth teams at Athletic Bilbao in the neighbouring Basque Country, playing for the Juvenil B team and moving to the A's in the 2006–07 season, where he made 27 appearances and scored five goals.[1]

Aged just 18, he signed a three-year contract with Liverpool, in August 2007, and subsequently played regularly for the reserves, in 2007–08[2] and 2008–09.[3]

Athletic return[edit]

In August 2009 San José returned to Bilbao on a season-long loan, to gain more first-team experience.[4] He was awarded the number 12 shirt, making his debut on 17 September 2009 in the club's 3–0 home win for the season's UEFA Europa League group stage, against FK Austria Wien.[5] It was reported in early November 2009 that he was frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities at Bilbao, and that if this did not improve he would look to shorten the loan agreement and move either back to Liverpool or on loan to another club in January 2010;[6] on the 8th he finally made his La Liga debut, playing the last minute of the 2–0 win at Racing de Santander, and finished the season with 30 overall appearances, netting three times.

On 19 May 2010 San José was signed permanently by Athletic, for five years.[7] In his first year he was periodically charged with penalty-taking by manager Joaquín Caparrós, replacing longtime incumbent Andoni Iraola.

On 5 December 2010, in his first Basque derby, against Real Sociedad, San José committed a penalty which resulted in the first goal, and scored in his own net in the beginning of the second half, for the game's final 2–0 at the Anoeta Stadium.[8] He finished the 2012–13 campaign with six goals all competitions comprised, netting five goals in the league as the Lions finished 12th, and was often utilized as a defensive midfielder by coach Marcelo Bielsa.[9]

San José scored the first-ever goal for Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mamés Stadium (second overall) on 16 September 2013, netting from close range in a 3–2 win over Celta de Vigo.[10][11] He began to be overshadowed by fellow youth graduate Aymeric Laporte, however.

International career[edit]

San José was part of the Spanish team who captured the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Having made 16 appearances in that category, he progressed to the under-21s in early 2009.[12]



Athletic Bilbao


Spain U21
Spain U19

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 June 2013[13][14]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2009–10 25 1 0 0 5 2 30 3
2010–11 31 2 3 0 34 2
2011–12 24 2 6 1 8 0 38 3
2012–13 34 5 2 0 4 1 40 6
Total 114 10 11 1 17 3 142 14


  1. ^ "San José player profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool Results 2007–08". Liverweb. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool Results 2008–09". Liverweb. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Mikel San José, cedido al Athletic Club" [Mikel San José, loaned to Athletic Club] (in Spanish). Athletic Bilbao. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Irrepressible Athletic show their class". UEFA.com. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "San Jose frustrated in Spain". Sky Sports. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "San José drafted". Athletic Bilbao. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mikel San Jose horror Basque Derby debut gifts hosts easy victory". Goal.com. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "San José: "No es normal que un defensa haga tantos goles"" [San José: "It's not normal for a defender to score this many goals"]. Marca. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Athletic open stadium with win". ESPN FC. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  11. ^ ""Seremos recordados", dice Mikel San José, autor del primer gol en el nuevo San Mamés" ["We shall be remembered", says Mikel San José, author of first goal in the new San Mamés]. Canal Athletic. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "San José international appearances". Liverweb. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "San José". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Mikel San José at ESPN FC

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