Bergara with Real Sociedad in 2014
|Full name||Markel Bergara Larrañaga|
|Date of birth||5 May 1986|
|Place of birth||Elgoibar, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2003–2005||Real Sociedad B||55||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Eibar (loan)||25||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Vecindario (loan)||18||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
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, both ended in relegation.
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 season's Copa del Rey. He only played four times in the league in his first year, also in the second level.
Bergara appeared in 19 games in the 2009–10 campaign 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), and finished the season 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 two decades. He scored his first goal as a professional on 24 March 2014, but in a 3–4 loss at Almería.
- Real Sociedad
- Spain U19
- Las Palmas echa a la Real de la Copa (Las Palmas ousts Real from Cup); Marca, 5 September 2007 (in Spanish)
- Sub provides late drama; ESPN Soccernet, 13 September 2010
- 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)
- Markel, el escudero de Cesc en las selecciones inferiores (Markel, Cesc's sidekick in national youth teams); Terra, 16 January 2013 (in Spanish)
- Almeria beat Sociedad in thriller; ESPN FC, 24 March 2014