Ion Ansotegi

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Ion Ansotegi
Ansotegi training with Real Sociedad in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ion Ansotegi Gorostola
Date of birth (1982-07-13) 13 July 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Berriatua, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Eibar B 44 (1)
2002–2003 Eibar 1 (0)
2002–2003 Barakaldo (loan) 17 (2)
2003–2006 Real Sociedad B 79 (3)
2006–2016 Real Sociedad 209 (11)
2016 Eibar 8 (0)
2016– Mallorca 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2016.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ansotegi and the second or maternal family name is Gorostola.

Ion Ansotegi Gorostola (born 13 July 1982) is a Spanish footballer who plays for RCD Mallorca as a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Real Sociedad after signing with the club at the age of 21, going on to appear in 227 official games during 11 seasons. 124 of those appearances came in La Liga (six goals scored).

Football career[edit]

Ansotegi was born in Berriatua, Basque Country. After starting his professional career with SD Eibar (with a loan to Barakaldo CF included), he moved to local giants Real Sociedad. He made his La Liga debut on 22 January 2006 in a 3–3 home draw against Athletic Bilbao for the Basque derby,[1] and played 33 games in his first two top flight seasons combined.

Ansotegi only missed two matches in 2009–10, being booked just six times in his 40 complete appearances – and adding four goals – as Real Sociedad returned to division one after a three-year absence. He featured in 32 contests (all starts) in the following campaign as the team retained their league status, but lost his importance in the squad following the January 2011 signing of Norwegian Vadim Demidov and the emergence of youth product Iñigo Martínez.[2]

On 1 June 2015, aged nearly 33, Ansotegi renewed his contract with Real Sociedad until 2016.[3] On 1 February of the following year, after only two Copa del Rey appearances during the first part of the season, he cut ties with the Txuriurdin and moved back to his first club Eibar after agreeing to an initial six-month deal.[4]

On 30 June 2016, Ansotegui signed a one-year contract with RCD Mallorca in Segunda División.[5]


  1. ^ "Mano a mano en Anoeta" [Mano a mano in Anoeta] (in Spanish). El País. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ansotegi resta importancia a su cambio de rol" [Ansotegi downplays his change of role] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ansotegi renueva hasta 2016" [Ansotegi renews until 2016] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jon Ansotegi vuelve a SD Eibar tras desvincularse de la Real Sociedad" [Jon Ansotegi returns to SD Eibar after cutting ties with Real Sociedad] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ion Ansotegui se incorpora al Real Mallorca" [Ion Ansotegui added to Real Mallorca] (in Spanish). RCD Mallorca. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 

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