Xabier Etxeita

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Xabier Etxeita
Personal information
Full name Xabier Etxeita Gorritxategi
Date of birth (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Zornotza, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 16
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Amorebieta
2006–2009 Bilbao Athletic 66 (7)
2008–2010 Athletic Bilbao 17 (1)
2010 Cartagena (loan) 14 (1)
2010–2013 Elche 96 (5)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 3 (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 Etxeita and the second or maternal family name is Gorritxategi.

Xabier Etxeita Gorritxategi (born 31 October 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Zornotza, Biscay, Etxeita was a product of Athletic de Bilbao's prolific youth ranks, Lezama. His first three games with the first team, all in 2008–09's La Liga, were not without incidents: in his first, a 2–0 home win against neighbours CA Osasuna on 16 November 2008,[1] he subbed in for injured Ustaritz, being sent off in the following against CD Numancia (same venue and result).[2]

On 21 December Etxeita replaced Ander Murillo, who also retired before half-time due to injury, in a 1–0 success at Real Betis.[3] During the season, however, he was mainly registered with the B-side.

In the very last days of the 2010 January transfer window Etxeita moved on a five-month loan to FC Cartagena, in the second division.[4] On 16 July 2010 he left Athletic and signed with another club in that level, Elche CF, quickly going on to establish himself in the starting XI.

On 4 June 2013, after contributing with 40 games and four goals[5][6][7][8] as the Valencian Community team returned to the top level after more than 20 years, Etxeita returned to Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer.[9] He only made his official debut on 7 April of the following year,[10] playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win over Levante UD.[11]


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