Ibai Gómez

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Ibai
Ibai Gómez.jpg
Ibai with Athletic Bilbao in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ibai Gómez Pérez
Date of birth (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Alavés
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2008 Santutxu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Santutxu 31 (7)
2009–2010 Sestao 36 (8)
2010–2012 Bilbao Athletic 28 (14)
2010–2016 Athletic Bilbao 101 (13)
2016– Alavés 1 (0)
National team
2012– Basque Country 2 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:25, 23 August 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gómez and the second or maternal family name is Pérez.

Ibai Gómez Pérez (born 11 November 1989), known simply as Ibai, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo Alavés mainly as a left winger.

Football career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Ibai began his career with Santutxu FC in the Basque regional leagues, winning the Golden Ball for the category in February 2009.[1] After five years with the club he left, but stayed in the region after agreeing on a move to third division's Sestao River Club.

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 4 June 2010, after Sestao's relegation, Ibai moved straight into La Liga, joining Athletic Bilbao for two years[2] with an option for a further one or two.[3] He spent most of his first season with the reserves, in the third level.

On 17 October 2010, Ibai made his top flight debut, coming on as a substitute for Gaizka Toquero in the 67th minute of a home match against Real Zaragoza (2–1 win); after only three minutes, however, he himself had to be replaced, being stretchered off after suffering a knee injury.[4]

Ibai contributed with two goals as Athletic reached the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League final – totalling seven appearances in the competition – scoring against FC Schalke 04 (2–2 home draw, 6–4 on aggregate)[5] and Sporting Clube de Portugal (3–1 home success, 4–3 aggregate win).[6] He was definitely promoted to the first team for 2012–13, being given the number 11 jersey. On 17 November 2012 he scored his first league goal of the campaign, in a 1–5 loss at Real Madrid.[7]

In 2013–14, Ibai scored eight goals from only 18 appearances, helping the Lions finish fourth and qualify to the UEFA Champions League.[8] He also dealt with some injury problems during that season,[9] and missed the vast majority of 2015–16 due to a tendinitis ailment to his right knee.[10]

Alavés[edit]

On 31 July 2016, Ibai terminated his contract with Athletic[11] and signed a three-year deal with fellow league team Deportivo Alavés just hours later.[12]

Style of play[edit]

Ibai is known for his crossing ability and powerful shot. He also likes to dribble, and is known as a set piece specialist.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 May 2016[14][15]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Other[16] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sestao River 2009–10 Segunda División 36 8 36 8
Total 36 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 8
Bilbao Athletic 2010–11 Segunda División 12 4 12 4
2011–12 16 10 0 0 16 10
Total 28 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 14
Athletic Bilbao 2010–11 La Liga 3 0 3 0
2011–12 19 0 3 0 7 2 29 2
2012–13 35 4 2 0 9 1 46 5
2013–14 18 8 6 0 24 8
2014–15 21 1 7 0 6 1 34 2
2015–16 5 0 4 0 9 0
Total 101 13 15 0 26 4 0 0 145 17
Career totals 165 35 14 0 26 4 0 0 209 39

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ibai Gomez Balón de Oro (Ibai Gomez Golden Ball); Santutxu FC, 24 February 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ El Athletic Club ha fichado a Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club have signed Ibán Gómez); Athletic Bilbao, 4 June 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Ibai Gómez: "A por todas" (Ibai Gómez: "All the way"); Mundo Deportivo, 4 June 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Ibai Gómez, de sueño a pesadilla (Ibai Gómez, from dream to nightmare); Canal Athletic, 18 October 2010 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Athletic stride past Schalke and into semi-finals; UEFA.com, 5 April 2012
  6. ^ Athletic leave it late as Llorente sets up final date; UEFA.com, 26 April 2012
  7. ^ Five-star Real trounce Athletic Bilbao; ESPN FC, 17 November 2012
  8. ^ Ibai Gómez jugará en Villarreal su partido 100 en Primera División (Ibai Gómez will play game 100 in the First Division in Villarreal); Mundo Deportivo, 18 September 2015 (Spanish)
  9. ^ La lesión de Ibai Gómez se complica (Ibai Gómez's injury gets trickier); Marca, 30 March 2014 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Ibai Gómez sufre una tendinitis en su rodilla derecha (Ibai Gómez suffers tendinitis in his right knee); El Correo, 4 November 2015 (Spanish)
  11. ^ "Ibai Gómez's contract terminated". Athletic Bilbao. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ibai Gómez, un puñal para la banda albiazul" [Ibai Gómez, a dagger to the blue-and-white wing] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ibai Gómez". Who Scored. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ibai". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ibai". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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