Aitor Ocio

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Aitor Ocio
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Ocio as an Athletic Bilbao player (2008)
Personal information
Full name Aitor Ocio Carrión
Date of birth (1976-11-28) 28 November 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Alavés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Aurrerá 65 (3)
1998–1999 Eibar 29 (0)
1999–2000 Albacete 34 (0)
2000–2001 Osasuna 14 (0)
2001–2003 Athletic Bilbao 33 (1)
2003–2007 Sevilla 64 (3)
2007–2012 Athletic Bilbao 62 (1)
Total 301 (8)
National team
1992 Spain U16 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Aitor Ocio Carrión (born 28 November 1976) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

During his 18-year senior career, in which he amassed La Liga totals of 173 games and five goals, he played mainly for Athletic Bilbao (seven years, two spells) and Sevilla (four), winning four major titles with the latter, including two UEFA Cups.

Club career[edit]

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Ocio made his debuts in La Liga with CA Osasuna during the 2000–01 season, after second division spells with SD Eibar and Albacete Balompié, then came to prominence with Basque club Athletic Bilbao.

He joined Sevilla FC in summer 2003 on a three-year deal,[1] going on to play a somewhat important part on a squad that won four titles (one Copa del Rey, two UEFA Cups and one UEFA Super Cup) in two seasons. During his four-year spell he was the Andalusian's vice-captain behind Javi Navarro, and had a best personal output of 23 games and two goals during the 2005–06 campaign.

In mid-July 2007, Ocio returned to Bilbao,[2] playing 27 matches during his first season as the side finished mid-table. He produced similar numbers in the following, adding a rare goal at former club Osasuna albeit in a 1–2 away defeat in which he was also sent off,[3] one of five ejections he collected in his first two years combined.[4]

Ocio also began 2009–10 in the starting XI. However, after an injury suffered in early October 2009, he missed the rest of the season, with Athletic finishing eighth, adding just five official appearances in the following year also due to persistent physical problems, but renewing his contract on 23 May 2011.[5]

35-year-old Ocio was deemed surplus to requirements at Athletic in 2011–12 season after the appointment of manager Marcelo Bielsa, alongside teammates Koikili and Iban Zubiaurre. He remained with the team, however.[6]

On 14 June 2012, Ocio announced his retirement from football.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ocio had a relationship with model Laura Sánchez, with whom he had a daughter, Naia, born on 1 August 2006.[8]

Honours[edit]

Sevilla

Athletic Bilbao

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ocio heads south to Sevilla; UEFA, 9 July 2003
  2. ^ Aitor Ocio cumple "un sueño" con su regreso al Athletic cuatro años después (Aitor Ocio fulfills "dream" returning to Athletic four years later); 20 minutos, 14 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Osasuna 2–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 12 April 2009
  4. ^ "El Athletic lleva 7 expulsiones en 7 partidos, 5 en los 4 últimos" [Athletic have 7 ejections in 7 matches, 5 in last 4] (in Spanish). El País. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ Aitor Ocio renueva por una temporada (Aitor Ocio renews for one season); Marca, 23 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Koi, entre los ocho leones descartados por el argentino (Koi, amongst the eight lions deemed surplus to requirements by the Argentine); Mundo Deportivo, 14 July 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Aitor Ocio: "Esto pone punto final a un sueño de mi infancia" (Aitor Ocio: "This is the end of a childhood dream"); Europa Press, 14 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Aitor Ocio a Laura Sánchez: "Actúo siempre dentro de la legalidad y la Fiscalía no vio que vulnerase nada" (Aitor Ocio to Laura Sánchez: "I always operate within a legal scope and the district attorney did not see any wrongdoings on my part"); Europa Press, 2 July 2014 (in Spanish)

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