Gaizka Toquero

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Gaizka Toquero
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Toquero in action for Basque Country in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gaizka Toquero Pinedo
Date of birth (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Alavés
Number 18
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)
2008–2015 Athletic Bilbao 156 (20)
2008 Eibar (loan) 16 (4)
2015– Alavés 56 (10)
National team
2010– Basque Country 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 2016
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 Deportivo Alavés mainly as a right winger.

He spent most of his career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 207 competitive games over the course of seven La Liga seasons and scoring 24 goals.

Club career[edit]

Early years[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 neighbouring SD Eibar greatly due to new manager Carlos Pouso, who had coached the player before.[2]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Toquero in action for Athletic Bilbao in 2011.

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

Blessed with few technical skills but a tremendous hard-worker, in 2009–10 Toquero 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. He opened his official goal account on 30 January 2011, netting twice in a 2–0 win at Atlético Madrid.[8] In October of the following year, he renewed his contract – due to expire in June 2013 – for three more years.[9]

Alavés[edit]

On 10 July 2015, Toquero cut ties with Athletic[10] and returned to Alavés four days later after agreeing to a two-year deal.[11] He was almost ever-present in his first season (39 appearances from a possible 42, with 9 goals) as Alavés finished as winners of the Segunda División and returned to the top tier after a ten-year wait.

Honours[edit]

Athletic Bilbao
Alavés

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