David Villabona

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David Villabona
Personal information
Full name David Villabona Echalecu
Date of birth (1969-12-05) 5 December 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Irun, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Real Sociedad B
1987–1990 Real Sociedad 42 (1)
1990–1993 Athletic Bilbao 59 (1)
1993–2001 Racing Santander 120 (11)
Total 221 (13)
National team
1987 Spain U17 1 (0)
1986–1988 Spain U18 10 (1)
1988–1989 Spain U19 3 (0)
1989–1990 Spain U20 5 (1)
1990–1991 Spain U21 5 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Olympic medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Team Competition

David Villabona Echalecu (born 5 December 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a central midfielder.

During his professional career he played for both Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, amassing La Liga totals of 221 games and 13 goals over the course of 15 seasons.

Villabona was a member of the Spanish side that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Club career[edit]

Villabona was born in Irun, Gipuzkoa. In a career blighted by injuries, he started playing professionally with Real Sociedad, but only amassed seven La Liga appearances in his first three seasons, being an undisputed starter however in 1989–90 as he helped the Basques to a final fifth place.

Subsequently, Villabona joined neighbours Athletic Bilbao, being regularly used at the beginning but very little in his final campaign, facing stiff competition from Josu Urrutia and youngster Julen Guerrero. His most steady period was lived at Racing de Santander, being a very important midfield element for the Cantabrians; however, due to recurrent injuries, he only appeared 12 times from 1997 to 2001 combined (none in the latter season, as they finished second from the bottom), and retired at the age of 31.



Real Sociedad


Spain U23

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