|Full name||Urko Vera Mateos|
|Date of birth||14 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Barakaldo, Spain|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vera played mostly amateur football until the age of 23, having represented Basque giants Athletic Bilbao as a youth from ages 10–12. During his spell at SD Lemona, he received part of his wage by taking the team's kits to the laundry.
In the last minutes of the 2011 January transfer window, after impressing with Lemona in Segunda División B (the club was coached by legendary Athletic player Aitor Larrazábal), Vera was acquired by the Lions, signing a one 1/2-year contract and initially being assigned to the reserve side, Bilbao Athletic. He made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 5 February, coming on as a substitute for Iker Muniain for the final 15 minutes of a 3–0 home win against Sporting de Gijón.
- Urko Vera, de mileurista al cielo (Urko Vera, from mileurista to the sky); El Mundo, 16 March 2011 (Spanish)
- Urko Vera ficha por el Athletic hasta 2012 (Urko Vera signs with Athletic until 2012); Canal Athletic, 26 January 2011 (Spanish)
- Easy for Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 5 February 2011
- Vera rescues point for Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 14 March 2011