Beñat Etxebarria

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Beñat
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Beñat with Athletic Bilbao in 2014
Personal information
Full name Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga
Date of birth (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Igorre, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 7
Youth career
1997–1998 Arratia
1998–2005 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Basconia 21 (3)
2006–2008 Bilbao Athletic 75 (5)
2006–2009 Athletic Bilbao 1 (0)
2008–2009 Conquense (loan) 34 (6)
2009–2010 Betis B 34 (3)
2010–2013 Betis 105 (14)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 108 (5)
National team
2004–2005 Spain U17 5 (0)
2012– Spain 4 (0)
2011– Basque Country 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga (Basque: [beɲat etʃeβaria urkiaɣa], Spanish: [beˈɲat etʃeβaˈri.a urˈkjaɣa]; born 19 February 1987), known simply as Beñat, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Beñat was born in Igorre, Biscay. Coming through Athletic Bilbao's prolific youth ranks at Lezama, he played his first three years with both the third team, CD Basconia, and the reserve side.

On 29 October 2006, he appeared in his first – and only – La Liga game, which consisted of six minutes against CA Osasuna in a 1–1 away draw after replacing another youth product, Francisco Yeste.[1]

Betis[edit]

Etxeberria training with Betis in 2010

In 2008–09, Beñat played with UB Conquense in the third division,[2] after which he was released by Athletic. In the summer he signed with Real Betis, but spent his first season with the reserves also in level three.[3]

Beñat made his debut for Betis' main squad on 29 August 2010, playing the second half of the 4–1 home win against Granada CF and assisting on a Salva Sevilla goal. Three days later he scored in his first start, a 2–1 home triumph against UD Salamanca in the Copa del Rey;[4] in the league campaign he contributed with 36 matches (30 starts, 2.521 minutes of action) as the Andalusians returned to the top flight after three years, netting four times.

On 2 May 2012, Beñat scored twice for his fifth and sixth goals of the season, in a 2–1 win at Sevilla FC for the local derby. The winner came in the 90th minute.[5]

On 24 November 2012, Beñat netted the game's only goal in a 1–0 home success over Real Madrid. He scored with a shot from outside the 18-yard box in the 17th minute.[6] He finished the campaign with 34 games and four goals, helping the club finish seventh and qualify to the UEFA Europa League.

Athletic return[edit]

In June 2013, Beñat returned to Athletic Bilbao, signing a five-year contract for a reported fee of 8 million.[7] On 16 September, he took the first touch at the new San Mamés Stadium against Celta de Vigo and scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory; he was substituted to a standing ovation, and dedicated his performance to his grandparents.[8]

On 14 April 2016, Beñat was the only player to miss in a penalty shootout against compatriots Sevilla in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.[9]

International career[edit]

Beñat played with the Spanish youth teams at under-17 level. He made his debut for the full side on 26 May 2012, playing 45 minutes in a 2–0 friendly win with Serbia in St. Gallen[10] and thus becoming the first Betis player since Juanito to don the national team shirt, nearly four years later.[11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played on 18 February 2017
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bilbao Athletic 2005–06[12] Segunda División B 16 0 16 0
2006–07[12] Segunda División B 29 3 29 3
2007–08[12] Segunda División B 30 2 30 2
Total 75 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 5
Athletic Bilbao 2006–07[12] La Liga 1 0 1 0
Conquense (loan) 2008–09[12] Segunda División B 34 6 1 1 35 7
Betis B 2009–10[12] Segunda División B 34 3 34 3
Betis 2010–11[12] Segunda División 36 4 6 1 42 5
2011–12[12] La Liga 35 6 1 0 36 6
2012–13[12] La Liga 34 4 6 0 40 4
Total 105 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 118 15
Athletic Bilbao 2013–14[12] La Liga 23 1 4 0 27 1
2014–15[13] La Liga 28 2 7 0 9[a] 0 44 2
2015–16[13] La Liga 36 1 5 0 12[b] 2 2[c] 0 55 3
2016–17[13] La Liga 17 1 1 0 4[b] 1 0 0 22 2
Total 104 5 17 0 25 3 2 0 139 8
Career total 353 33 31 2 25 3 2 0 411 38
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España

Honours[edit]

Athletic Bilbao

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osasuna 1–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 29 October 2006
  2. ^ "El Conquense consigue la segunda cesión rojiblanca: Beñat" [Conquense gets second loan from rojiblancos: Beñat] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Betis ficha a Beñat (Athletic) y Regino (San Fernando) para el filial" [Betis signs Beñat (Athletic) and Regino (San Fernando) for reserves] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 7 July 2009. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Betis holds on to Cup" [Betis holds on to Cup] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Sevilla let Euro hopes slip; ESPN Soccernet, 2 May 2012
  6. ^ Betis stun Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 24 November 2012
  7. ^ "Signing of Beñat Etxebarria". Athletic Bilbao. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Athletic Bilbao's intoxicating spirit remains despite move next door". The Guardian. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Shoot-out agony for Athletic as Sevilla dream on". UEFA.com. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for Euro] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Beñat toma el testigo de Juanito en La Roja" [Beñat takes over for Juanito in La Roja] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Beñat: Beñat Etxebarría Urkiaga". BDFutbol. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c "Beñat". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 

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