Mikel Oyarzabal

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Mikel Oyarzabal
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Oyarzabal with Spain in 2019
Personal information
Full name Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte
Date of birth (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Eibar, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 10
Youth career
Eibar
2011–2015 Real Sociedad
2013–2014Eibar (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Real Sociedad B 13 (3)
2015– Real Sociedad 140 (37)
National team
2015 Spain U18 2 (0)
2016 Spain U19 4 (0)
2017–2019 Spain U21 25 (8)
2016– Spain 6 (1)
2016– Basque Country 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019

Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte (born 21 April 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left winger or a forward for Real Sociedad and the Spanish national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Eibar, Gipuzkoa, Oyarzabal joined Real Sociedad's youth setup in 2011, aged 14.[2] While still a junior, he made his senior debut with the reserves on 15 November 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–2 away win against SD Amorebieta for the Segunda División B championship.[3]

On 20 September 2015, Oyarzabal scored his first senior goals, scoring twice in a 5–0 away rout of CD Mensajero.[4] He made his first-team and La Liga debut on 25 October, replacing Carlos Vela in the dying minutes of a 4–0 win at Levante UD.[5]

Oyarzabal scored his first goal for Real Sociedad on 8 February 2016 in a 5–0 away win over RCD Espanyol.[6] Six days later, shortly after having extended his contract until 2021,[7] he scored two goals to help defeat Granada CF 3–0 at the Anoeta Stadium.[8]

Oyarzabal with Real Sociedad, 2018

On 19 August 2016, Oyarzabal again renewed his contract until 2022.[9] He featured in all 38 league matches over the season,[10] as the San Sebastián-based team came sixth and returned to the UEFA Europa League after a two-year absence.

Oyarzabal made his European debut on 19 October 2017, scoring in a 6–0 thrashing of FK Vardar in Macedonia for the Europa League group stage.[11] His team made it to the last 32, with him scoring an own goal in a 4–3 aggregate loss to FC Red Bull Salzburg;[12] on the domestic front he scored a career-best 12 goals, including two in a 5–0 win over Girona FC on 8 April 2018.[13]

On 5 October 2018, Oyarzabal scored his first goals since May of that year, two penalties in a 3–1 away win over Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby.[14] Athletic Bilbao had tried to sign him in the summer transfer window, but he had rejected their approach in favour of signing a new contract with Real Sociedad to run until 2024.[15]

International career[edit]

Oyarzabal with Spain under-18s

Oyarzabal represented Spain at under-18[16] and under-19 levels.[17] On 17 May 2016, aged only 19, he was called up to the full squad for an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[18] Twelve days later, he replaced goalscorer Nolito at the hour mark of the 3–1 win in Switzerland.[19]

Oyarzabal also featured for the Basque national team, scoring on his debut to cap a 3–1 win over Tunisia at the San Mamés Stadium on 30 December 2016.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Oyarzabal combined his early professional career with studying for a Business degree at the University of Deusto.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 18 May 2019[21]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad B 2014–15 Segunda División B 5 0 5 0
2015–16 8 3 8 3
Total 13 3 13 3
Real Sociedad 2015–16 La Liga 22 6 2 0 24 6
2016–17 38 2 5 2 43 4
2017–18 35 12 2 0 6 2 43 14
2018–19 37 13 4 1 41 14
Total 132 33 13 3 6 2 151 38
Career total 145 36 13 3 6 2 164 41

International[edit]

As of match played 15 October 2019[22]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2016 1 0
2019 5 1
Total 6 1

International goals[edit]

As of 10 June 2019 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Oyarzabal goal)[22]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 June 2019 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain 2  Sweden 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte". Real Sociedad. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Vicente, Álvaro (1 June 2015). "Oiarzabal pide sitio en el primer equipo" [Oiarzabal asks for a place in the first team]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Gran triunfo del Sanse en Amorebieta (2–3)" [Great win from Sanse in Amorebieta (2–3)] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  4. ^ "El Sanse lo borda en La Palma (0–5)" [Sanse excel in La Palma (0–5)] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  5. ^ Ballesteros, Cristian (25 October 2015). "La Real coge aire y deja tocado a Alcaraz" [Real take a breather and leave Alcaraz hurting]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Vela and Reyes score in Real Sociedad win". Goal. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal signs new deal with Real Sociedad". ESPN FC. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal double helps Real Sociedad see off Granada". ESPN FC. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Agreement to renew Mikel Oyarzabal's contract". Real Sociedad. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  10. ^ a b Erkizia, Oier (3 July 2017). "Del Europeo a la biblioteca" [From the European championships to the library]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  11. ^ G. Gil, Aimara (19 October 2017). "Vardar 0 Real Sociedad 6: resumen, resultado y goles" [Vardar 0 Real Sociedad 6: report, result and goals]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. ^ Mayo, Marc (15 February 2018). "Salzburg battle to draw at Real Sociedad". Marca. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Resounding win". Real Sociedad. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Football news – Two penalties give Real Sociedad derby win at Athletic Bilbao". Eurosport. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Oyarzabal confident about Real Sociedad contract, mum on Athletic Bilbao". EFE. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Oyarzabal and Zubeldia with Spain's Under-18". Real Sociedad. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal, with Spain's Under-19s". Real Sociedad. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal called by Spain's senior side". Real Sociedad. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  19. ^ Campos, Tomás (29 May 2016). "Nolito endulza un duelo atípico" [Nolito sweetens an atypical duel]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  20. ^ Cuenca, Nika (30 December 2016). "Euskadi gana a Túnez, pero la afición muestra su desánimo" [Basque Country win against Tunisia, but the fans show their disapproval]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Mikel Oyarzabal". European Football. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  23. ^ Begley, Emlyn (30 June 2019). "Spain U21 2–1 Germany U21". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Germany U21 1–0 Spain U21". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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