Borja Ekiza

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Borja Ekiza
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Personal information
Full name Borja Ekiza Imaz
Date of birth (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 32
Youth career
2001–2002 Chantrea
2002–2006 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Basconia 41 (0)
2008–2011 Bilbao Athletic 36 (1)
2011–2014 Athletic Bilbao 67 (0)
2014–2016 Eibar 15 (0)
2016– Zirka 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2016.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ekiza and the second or maternal family name is Imaz.

Borja Ekiza Imaz (born 6 March 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian club FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Ekiza arrived at Athletic Bilbao's youth system at the age of 14, being eligible to represent the Basque through his Navarrese roots. He spent his first two senior seasons with CD Basconia, the club's third team.

Subsequently, Ekiza played with the reserves in Segunda División B, being sparingly used in two years. On 8 January 2011, after a string of injuries to the defensive sector in the first team awarded him with promotion to the main squad,[1] he made his La Liga debut in a 1–1 away draw against Málaga CF, playing the full 90 minutes;[2] he finished his first top flight campaign established in the side's starting XI, beating competition from seasoned veterans Fernando Amorebieta, Aitor Ocio and Ustaritz and being booked only once.[3]

In 2013–14, Ekiza lost his starting spot to Aymeric Laporte and Carlos Gurpegui due to repeated injuries, and only appeared once during the season, 37 minutes in a 2–1 win at Real Valladolid. On 31 July 2014, he terminated his contract with the Lions[4] and signed a two-year deal with fellow league team SD Eibar hours later.[5]



  1. ^ "El candado de Ekiza" [Ekiza's lock] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Martinez leaves it late for Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ekiza y Muniain, satisfechos de estar en el 'once' revelación de la UEFA" [Ekiza and Muniain, pleased to be in UEFA's newcomers 'XI'] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rescisión del contrato de Borja Ekiza" [Borja Ekiza's contract termination] (in Spanish). Athletic Bilbao. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Borja Ekiza nuevo fichaje del Eibar" [Borja Ekiza new signing of Eibar] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 

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