Gaizka Toquero

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Gaizka Toquero
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Toquero in action for Athletic Bilbao in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gaizka Toquero Pinedo
Date of birth (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 2
Youth career
2001–2002 Ariznabarra
2002–2003 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Alavés C
2005–2006 Alavés B 29 (2)
2006–2007 Lemona 33 (0)
2007–2008 Sestao 37 (5)
2008– Athletic Bilbao 156 (20)
2008 Eibar (loan) 16 (4)
National team
2010– Basque Country 4 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Toquero and the second or maternal family name is Pinedo.

Gaizka Toquero Pinedo (born 9 August 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Toquero was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava. After a brief youth spell at Real Sociedad, and some years with both reserve teams of Deportivo Alavés, he started playing professionally for SD Lemona in the 2006–07 season, later joining Basque neighbours Sestao River Club (both clubs were in the third division).

While playing for Sestao, Athletic Bilbao showed interested in acquiring Toquero, whom eventually signed him in 2008.[1] After not fitting coach Joaquín Caparrós' plans to play for the Rojiblancos he was loaned to another Basque club, SD Eibar, greatly due to new manager Carlos Pouso, who had coached the player before.[2]

After 15 matches in 2008–09's second level, Toquero was re-called by Athletic on 4 January 2009, making his La Liga debut six days later, appearing as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 home draw against RCD Espanyol.[3] He scored his first goal for the club on 4 March 2009, in a 3–0 Copa del Rey home win against Sevilla FC (4–2 on aggregate)[4] which qualified Athletic to the final: there, he opened the score, albeit in a 1–4 loss to FC Barcelona.[5]

In 2009–10 Toquero, blessed with few technical skills but a tremendous hard-worker, blossomed into a first division player.[6] He started most of the campaign as an offensive complement to Fernando Llorente, and also found the net on several occasions, notably a double against Real Valladolid on 7 March 2010 in a 2–0 home success.[7]

Toquero once again was a regular starter for Athletic during the 2010–11 season. On 30 January 2011 he opened his official goal account, netting twice in a 2–0 away win against Atlético Madrid;[8] in October of the following year he renewed his contract, due to expire in June 2013, for three more years.[9]



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