Mikel González Martínez
González training with Real Sociedad (2010)
|Full name||Mikel González de Martín Martínez|
|Date of birth||24 September 1985|
|Place of birth||Mondragón, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004–2006||Real Sociedad B||55||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2016
A product of Real Sociedad's youth ranks, González was born in Arrasate-Mondragón, Gipuzkoa, and he made his first-team debut on 17 September 2005 in a 2–5 away loss against RCD Mallorca. He went on to collect only two more La Liga appearances during that season.
With the Basque team in Segunda División, González became an undisputed starter, appearing in 35 games in the 2009–10 campaign as Real returned to the top level after a three-year absence and contributing with one goal, in a 3–1 home win against Villarreal CF B. He added 32 matches – 30 starts – in the following year as the club retained its league status, but somewhat lost his importance in the squad following the January 2011 signing of Norwegian Vadim Demidov and the emergence of youth product Iñigo Martínez.
González returned to starting duties in the following seasons, alongside Martínez: he started in all his 34 league appearances in 2012–13 in more than 3.000 minutes of action, scoring against Rayo Vallecano (4–0, at home) and Valencia CF (5–2 away win) as the Txuriurdin finished fourth and returned to the UEFA Champions League after one full decade.
- "Arango fulmina a la Real con un 'hat trick'" [Arango obliterates Real with a hat-trick] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "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.
- Se busca sustituto para Mikel González (Replacement for Mikel González wanted); Mundo Deportivo, 13 March 2012 (Spanish)
- Sociedad stun Vallecano; ESPN FC, 19 November 2012
- Sociedad hit Valencia for five; ESPN FC, 1 December 2012