Ander Murillo

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Ander Murillo
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Murillo as an Athletic Bilbao player (2008)
Personal information
Full name Ander Murillo García
Date of birth (1983-07-26) 26 July 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
AEK Larnaca
Number 18
Youth career
1998–1999 Antiguoko
1999–2001 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Bilbao Athletic 14 (0)
2001–2010 Athletic Bilbao 132 (1)
2009–2010 Salamanca (loan) 37 (0)
2010–2011 Celta 23 (0)
2011– AEK Larnaca 126 (3)
National team
2001 Spain U17 2 (0)
2001–2002 Spain U19 7 (2)
2003 Spain U20 2 (0)
2003–2005 Spain U21 11 (0)
2006– Basque Country 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Murillo and the second or maternal family name is García.

Ander Murillo García (born 26 July 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club AEK Larnaca F.C. as a defender.

He spent most of his career with Athletic Bilbao and AEK Larnaca, appearing in 157 competitive games with the former during nine seasons.

Football career[edit]

Murillo was born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa. A product of Athletic Bilbao's prolific youth system, he made his debut for its first team on 24 November 2001 in a 2–1 away win against FC Barcelona.[1] He played in a further 18 La Liga games in the following season, after breaking his leg during preseason.[2]

From 2004 to 2007, Murillo would be an important defensive element for the Lions, playing as a right back or in the middle, but he suffered greatly with injuries subsequently.[3][4] On 21 December 2008, after nearly a year without competitive appearances, he started in a 1–0 win at Real Betis, only to leave the pitch before half-time injured.[5][6]

On 11 August 2009, after only playing two matches during the 2008–09 campaign, Murillo moved to second division's UD Salamanca, in a season-long move.[7] In late August 2010 he terminated his Athletic contract and left the club after 11 years, signing with Celta de Vigo also in the second level.[8]

Having joined in the summer of 2011 at the age of 28, Murillo went on to play several years with AEK Larnaca FC in the Cypriot First Division, as part of a large contingent of Spanish players and managers at the side.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Murillo's father Luciano and his uncle Eliseo were also footballers and defenders who played for Real Sociedad, having moved to San Sebastián at a young age from Extremadura.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 February 2017
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2001–02[11] La Liga 11 0 6 0 17 0
2002–03[11] La Liga 18 0 0 0 18 0
2003–04[11] La Liga 4 0 1 0 5 0
2004–05[11] La Liga 31 0 5 0 7[a] 0 43 0
2005–06[11] La Liga 26 0 3 0 29 0
2006–07[11] La Liga 34 1 2 0 36 1
2007–08[11] La Liga 6 0 1 0 7 0
2008–09[11] La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 132 1 18 0 7 0 157 1
Salamanca (loan) 2009–10[11] Segunda División 37 0 3 0 40 0
Celta 2010–11[11] Segunda División 23 0 1 0 24 0
AEK Larnaca 2011–12[12] Cypriot First Division 24 0 6 0 5[b] 0 35 0
2012–13[12] Cypriot First Division 23 0 3 0 26 0
2013–14[12] Cypriot First Division 29 0 4 0 33 0
2014–15[12] Cypriot First Division 25 1 5 0 30 1
2015–16[12] Cypriot First Division 7 0 3 0 10 0
Total 108 1 21 0 5 0 134 1
Career total 300 2 43 0 12 0 355 2
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Spain U19

References[edit]

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