Mikel Oyarzabal

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Mikel Oyarzabal
Mikel Oyarzabal.jpg
Oyarzabal with Spain's U18
Personal information
Full name Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte
Date of birth (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Eibar, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
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 95 (20)
National team
2015 Spain U18 2 (0)
2016 Spain U19 4 (0)
2017– Spain U21 12 (3)
2016– Spain 1 (0)
2016– Basque Country 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte (born 21 April 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Real Sociedad.

Club career[edit]

Born in Eibar, Gipuzkoa, Oyarzabal joined Real Sociedad's youth setup in 2011, aged 14.[1] 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.[2]

On 20 September 2015, Oyarzabal scored his first senior goals, netting a brace in a 5–0 away routing of CD Mensajero.[3] 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.[4]

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

On 19 August 2016, Oyarzabal further renewed his link until 2022.[8] He featured in all 38 league matches over the season,[9] as the San Sebastián-based team came 6th and returned to the UEFA Europa League after a two-year absence.

Oyarzabal made his European debut on 19 October 2017 in the group stage of the aforementioned competition, scoring in a 6–0 thrashing of FK Vardar in Macedonia;[10] the Txuri-urdin made it to the last 32, with him scoring an own goal in a 4–3 aggregate loss to FC Red Bull Salzburg.[11] 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.[12]

International career[edit]

Oyarzabal represented Spain at under-18[13] and under-19 levels.[14] On 17 May 2016, aged only 19, he was called up to the full squad for an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[15] Twelve days later, he replaced goalscorer Nolito at the hour mark of the 3–1 win in Switzerland.[16]

He also represented 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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Oyarzabal combined his early professional career with studying for a Business degree at the University of Deusto.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 July 2018[18]
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
Total 95 20 9 2 6 2 110 24
Career total 108 23 9 2 6 2 123 27

International[edit]

As of match played 29 May 2016[19]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2016 1 0
Total 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oiarzabal pide sitio en el primer equipo" [Oiarzabal asks for a place in the first team]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 1 June 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "La Real coge aire y deja tocado a Alcaraz" [Real take a breather and leave Alcaraz hurting]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Vela and Reyes score in Real Sociedad win". Goal. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal signs new deal with Real Sociedad". ESPN FC. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal double helps Real Sociedad see off Granada". ESPN FC. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Agreement to renew Mikel Oyarzabal's contract". Real Sociedad. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Del Europeo a la biblioteca". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  10. ^ "Vardar 0 Real Sociedad 6: resumen, resultado y goles" [Vardar 0 Real Sociedad 6: report, result and goals]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 19 October 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Salzburg battle to draw at Real Sociedad". Marca. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  12. ^ "Resounding win". Real Sociedad. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  13. ^ "Oyarzabal and Zubeldia with Spain's Under-18". Real Sociedad. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal, with Spain's Under-19s". Real Sociedad. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal called by Spain's senior side". Real Sociedad. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Nolito endulza un duelo atípico" [Nolito sweetens an atypical duel]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "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). 30 December 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  18. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Mikel Oyarzabal". European Football. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 

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