Gorka Larrea

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Gorka Larrea
Personal information
Full name Gorka Larrea García
Date of birth (1984-04-07) 7 April 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1999–2002 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Real Sociedad B 104 (16)
2004–2008 Real Sociedad 25 (0)
2006–2007 Almería (loan) 28 (2)
2008–2011 Levante 58 (1)
2011–2013 Numancia 22 (1)
2014 Montreal Impact 9 (0)
2016 Indy Eleven 8 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Spain U16 7 (0)
2001 Spain U17 2 (0)
2002 Spain U19 1 (0)
2006 Spain U21 1 (0)
2005 Spain U23 4 (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 Larrea and the second or maternal family name is García.

Gorka Larrea García (born 7 April 1984) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Larrea was born San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa. A product of Real Sociedad's youth system, he first appeared for its main squad on 23 May 2004, playing 20 minutes in a 4–1 away win against Real Madrid (his only game of the season. He added a further three late substitute appearances in the following campaign).[1] For 2006–07 he was loaned to Segunda División club UD Almería, playing an important role in the Andalusians' first-ever La Liga promotion.

In July 2007, Larrea returned to the Basques, who now competed in the second level. He appeared in only nine matches during the season, being subsequently released and joining Levante UD also in that tier.

Larrea featured regularly over the course of two division two campaigns, but only played six times in 2010–11's top flight – 235 minutes of action – in spite of having previously renewed his contract,[2] leaving in June 2011 and signing with CD Numancia in the second tier.[3] He scored his first and only goal for the Soria team on 27 August 2011, helping to a 1–1 draw at CD Alcoyano.[4]

On 11 June 2014, Larrea signed with Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact after training for a month with the club.[5] In early 2016 he switched to the North American Soccer League, having agreed to a deal at Indy Eleven.[6]

International career[edit]

Larrea represented Spain at various youth levels. He was part of the squad that won the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Championship, and also helped the under-23s win the 2005 Mediterranean Games.

Honours[edit]

Spain U16
Spain U23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Madrid 1–4 Real Sociedad". ESPN Soccernet. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gorka Larrea renueva una temporada más con el Levante" [Gorka Larrea renews with Levante for another season]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gorka Larrea se compromete por dos temporadas" [Gorka Larrea committs for two seasons]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 July 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Alcoyano logra un empate en su regreso a Segunda" [Alcoyano gets draw in return to Segunda]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 27 August 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Montreal Impact sign former Real Sociedad midfielder Gorka Larrea". Goal.com. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Indy lands La Liga vet Larrea". Indy Eleven. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mediterranean Games 2005 (Spain)". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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