Mikel Arruabarrena

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Mikel Arruabarrena
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Arruabarrena with Legia Warsaw
Personal information
Full name Mikel Arruabarrena Aranbide
Date of birth (1983-02-09) 9 February 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Tolosa, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
AEL Limassol
Number 11
Youth career
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Basconia 36 (5)
2003–2005 Bilbao Athletic 69 (18)
2005–2007 Osasuna B 35 (12)
2006–2007 Xerez (loan) 25 (5)
2007–2008 Tenerife 31 (6)
2008–2009 Legia Warsaw 6 (0)
2009 Eibar (loan) 13 (1)
2009–2016 Eibar 175 (44)
2010–2011 Leganés (loan) 34 (21)
2016 Huesca (loan) 16 (1)
2016– AEL Limassol 23 (9)
National team
1999 Spain U16 1 (0)
2014– Basque Country 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:17, 20 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 January 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arruabarrena and the second or maternal family name is Aranbide.

Mikel Arruabarrena Aranbide (born 9 February 1983) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a centre forward for Cypriot club AEL Limassol.

Football career[edit]

Born in Tolosa, Basque Country, Arruabarrena had small stints with local giants Athletic Bilbao and its Navarrese neighbours CA Osasuna, but never made it past its reserves on both occasions. From 2006 to 2008, he played in the second division with Xerez CD[1] and CD Tenerife,[2] with relative impact.

In the 2008 summer, Arruabarrena was bought by Poland's Legia Warsaw alongside compatriots Iñaki Descarga and Iñaki Astiz.[3] However, in January of the following year, he was loaned to SD Eibar also in his native region and the second level,[4] not being able to prevent the team from eventually dropping down a category.

In that summer, Arruabarrena arranged for a buyout of his Legia contract[5] and remained at Eibar permanently,[6] competing several seasons with the side in division three. On 12 December 2012, he was decisive in eliminating former club Athletic from the Copa del Rey, after scoring in a 1–1 draw at the San Mamés Stadium (his team proggressed on the away goals rule).[7]

Arruabarrena contributed with 36 games and seven goals in the 2013–14 season, as the Armeros promoted to La Liga for the first time ever. He renewed his link with the club on 27 June 2014,[8] and made his debut in the competition on 24 August at the age of 31, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Real Sociedad.[9]

Arruabarrena scored his first goal in the Spanish top tier on 24 September 2014, in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.[10] On 24 January 2016, he was loaned to SD Huesca from the second division until the end of the season.[11]


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