Markel Bergara

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Markel Bergara
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Bergara with Real Sociedad in 2014
Personal information
Full name Markel Bergara Larrañaga
Date of birth (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Elgoibar, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Real Sociedad B 55 (0)
2005–2018 Real Sociedad 195 (3)
2005–2006Eibar (loan) 25 (0)
2006–2007Vecindario (loan) 18 (0)
2017–2018Getafe (loan) 18 (4)
2018– Getafe 3 (0)
National team
2002 Spain U16 3 (0)
2002–2003 Spain U17 16 (0)
2004–2005 Spain U19 16 (0)
2005 Spain U20 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2018

Markel Bergara Larrañaga (born 5 May 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF as a defensive midfielder.

He spent the better part of his career with Real Sociedad, appearing in 212 competitive matches and scoring four goals. In La Liga, he also represented Getafe.

Club career[edit]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Bergara was born in Elgoibar, Gipuzkoa. A Real Sociedad youth graduate, he started his professional career on loan, having season-long spells in the second division with SD Eibar and UD Vecindario,[1] both ended in relegation.[2]

On 4 September 2007, Bergara made his first-team debut for Real, appearing in a 0–1 away defeat against UD Las Palmas for the Copa del Rey.[3] He only played four times in the league in his first year, also in the second level.

Bergara appeared in 19 games in 2009–10 as the Basques returned to La Liga after a three-year absence, as champions. He made his debut in the competition on 13 September 2010 in a 2–2 away draw against UD Almería (three minutes played),[4] and finished the campaign with exactly the same number of appearances as the club retained its division status, albeit in 491 more minutes of play.

Bergara contributed with 28 matches in 2012–13, as the Txuriurdin finished fourth and returned to the UEFA Champions League after more than a decade.[5][6] He scored his first goal as a professional on 24 March 2014, but in a 3–4 loss at Almería.[7]

Bergara missed the vast majority of the 2016–17 season, due to an ankle injury.[8]


On 18 July 2017, Bergara was loaned to fellow top level side Getafe CF for one year.[9] He managed to net four times in only his first 14 appearances,[10] but in December he suffered another serious physical ailment, this time in the knee.[11]

On 27 June 2018, Getafe signed Bergara permanently.[12]



Real Sociedad


Spain U19


  1. ^ Markel Bergara deja la Real Sociedad (Markel Bergara leaves Real Sociedad); El Desmarque, 20 July 2018 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ “Desde que vine cedido a Getafe tuve claro que mi etapa en la Real había terminado, también sin Eusebio” (“Every since I came to Getafe on loan it was clear my spell at Real was over, also without Eusebio”); Noticias de Gipuzkoa, 22 July 2018 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Las Palmas echa a la Real de la Copa (Las Palmas oust Real from Cup); Marca, 5 September 2007 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Sub provides late drama; ESPN Soccernet, 13 September 2010
  5. ^ Markel Bergara: "Al míster no le puedo pedir más" (Markel Bergara: "I cannot ask the mister for anything else"); Mundo Deportivo, 2 October 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Markel, el escudero de Cesc en las selecciones inferiores (Markel, Cesc's sidekick in national youth teams); Terra, 16 January 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Almeria beat Sociedad in thriller; ESPN FC, 24 March 2014
  8. ^ Markel Bergara estará varias semanas de baja por una lesión de tobillo (Markel Bergara to miss several weeks with ankle injury); Marca, 19 October 2016 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Cedido al Getafe CF (Loaned to Getafe CF); Real Sociedad, 18 July 2017 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Markel Bergara se supera: más goles en el Getafe que en toda su carrera (Markel Bergara bests himself: more goals in Getafe than in his entire career); Marca, 3 December 2017 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Markel Bergara se rompe el menisco de su rodilla derecha (Markel Bergara ruptures meniscus in his right knee); Mundo Deportivo, 9 December 2017 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Markel Bergara ya es del Getafe (Markel Bergara already belongs to Getafe); Mundo Deportivo, 27 June 2018 (in Spanish)

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