Gorka Elustondo

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Gorka Elustondo
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Elustondo playing for Real Sociedad in 2014
Personal information
Full name Gorka Elustondo Urkola
Date of birth (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Beasain, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 3
Youth career
Aitzgorri
2004–2005 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Real Sociedad B 64 (6)
2006–2015 Real Sociedad 144 (7)
2015– Athletic Bilbao 13 (1)
National team
2006 Spain U19 6 (0)
2007 Spain U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Elustondo and the second or maternal family name is Urkola.

Gorka Elustondo Urkola (born 18 March 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a central defender or a defensive midfielder.

He spent most of his career with Real Sociedad after making his debut in 2006, going on to appear in 167 competitive games over the course of six La Liga seasons (nine in total, eight goals).

Club career[edit]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Elustondo was born in Beasain, Gipuzkoa. A product of Real Sociedad's prolific youth ranks, he made his La Liga debut on 20 December 2006 in a 0–0 away draw against Celta de Vigo.[1] He amassed a further five first-team appearances in his first professional season, as the Basque club met top division relegation for the first time in 40 years.

In late October 2008, with Real in the second division, in a home derby against Deportivo Alavés, Elustondo suffered a serious knee injury (which later relapsed), being rendered unavailable for the remainder of the campaign.[2] He contributed with 30 games – 26 starts – and one goal[3] in 2009–10, helping the Txuriurdin return to the Spanish top flight after three years, as champions.

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 1 July 2015, Elustondo signed a two-year deal with neighbouring Athletic Bilbao after his contract with Real Sociedad expired.[4] He made his competitive debut on 30 July, playing the second half of a 0–0 away draw against Inter Baku PIK for the season's UEFA Europa League.[5] His first league appearance occurred on 23 August, where he committed a penalty on Luis Suárez – later missed by Lionel Messi – in an eventual 0–1 home loss to FC Barcelona;[6] four days later, in the Europa League playoff round against MŠK Žilina, he scored through a long-range effort in the 23rd minute for the game's only goal and an away goals rule qualification.[7]

International career[edit]

Elustondo was part of the Spain under-19 squad that won the 2006 UEFA European Championship, in Poland.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Sociedad
Athletic Bilbao

Country[edit]

Spain U19

References[edit]

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