Iñigo Vélez

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For one of the three counts of Oñate, see Íñigo Vélez de Guevara
Iñigo Vélez
Personal information
Full name Iñigo Vélez de Mendizábal Fernández de Garaialde
Date of birth (1982-03-15) 15 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Aurrerá B
1999–2000 Aurrerá 3 (0)
2000–2002 Athletic Bilbao 0 (0)
2000–2002 Aurrerá (loan) 51 (15)
2002–2004 Espanyol B 28 (4)
2004–2007 Eibar 83 (13)
2007–2008 Murcia 24 (1)
2008–2009 Athletic Bilbao 4 (0)
2009–2011 Numancia 66 (15)
2011–2013 Xerez 39 (8)
Total 298 (56)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vélez de Mendizábal and the second or maternal family name is Fernández de Garaialde.

Iñigo Vélez de Mendizábal Fernández de Garaialde (born 15 March 1982), known as Iñigo or Vélez, is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a forward.

Football career[edit]

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Vélez began his career in the lower leagues, playing for local CD Aurrerá de Vitoria and RCD Espanyol's B-team. In the 2004 summer he signed for SD Eibar in the second division, scoring four goals in 40 games in his second season as they were eventually relegated.

In 2007–08, Íñigo competed in La Liga with Real Murcia, in another relegation-ending campaign. He made his debut in the competition as a late substitute in a 0–2 away loss against Villarreal CF on 23 September 2007,[1] netting two months later in a 1–1 draw at RCD Mallorca.[2]

The following season, Vélez joined Athletic Bilbao, but took almost no part whatsoever in the Basque side's campaign (only four league matches). In late July 2009 his contract was mutually terminated, and he joined relegated CD Numancia on a three-year deal, with the former club being able to re-buy in 2010 or 2011 – Athletic teammate Joseba Garmendia also made the move.[3]

Iñigo continued playing in the second level in 2011–12, penning a two-year contract with Xerez CD.[4] After suffering relegation in 2013, and following an unsuccessful trial with CD Guadalajara, he decided to retire due to recurrent injury problems.[5]


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