Urko Vera

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Urko Vera
Personal information
Full name Urko Vera Mateos
Date of birth (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1996–1997 Santutxu
1997–1999 Athletic Bilbao
2001–2003 Lezama
2003–2006 Santutxu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Santutxu ? (8)
2007–2008 Laudio ? (10)
2008–2009 Portugalete ? (6)
2009–2010 Eibar B ? (14)
2010 Eibar 3 (0)
2010–2011 Lemona 18 (13)
2011 Bilbao Athletic 7 (1)
2011 Athletic Bilbao 5 (1)
2011–2012 Hércules 31 (11)
2012–2013 Ponferradina 14 (2)
2013 Alcorcón 7 (1)
2013–2014 Eibar 31 (5)
2014–2015 Mirandés 38 (17)
2015 Jeonbuk Hyundai 6 (0)
2016 Osasuna 19 (3)
2016–2017 Huesca 14 (1)
2017– Mirandés 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vera and the second or maternal family name is Mateos.

Urko Vera Mateos (born 14 May 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays for CD Mirandés as a centre forward.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barakaldo, Biscay, Vera played mostly amateur football until the age of 23, having represented Basque giants Athletic Bilbao as a youth from ages 10–12. During his spell at SD Lemona, he received part of his wage by taking the team's kits to the laundry.[1]

In the last minutes of the 2011 January transfer window, after impressing with Lemona in Segunda División B (the club was coached by legendary Athletic player Aitor Larrazábal), Vera was acquired by the Lions, signing a one 1/2-year contract and initially being assigned to the reserve side, Bilbao Athletic.[2] He made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 5 February, coming on as a substitute for Iker Muniain for the final 15 minutes of a 3–0 home win against Sporting de Gijón.[3]

On 14 March 2011, again appearing from the bench, Vera scored his first goal for Athletic Bilbao, heading home in injury time in a 2–2 draw at Getafe CF.[4] After being released he resumed his career in Segunda División, representing five clubs in just four years, including CD Mirandés[5] for which he netted 20 times in all competitions.[6][7]

Vera moved to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC in the K League Classic in late July 2015.[8] On 10 January of the following year, he returned to his country and joined CA Osasuna in the second level.[9]

On 19 August 2016, Vera signed a one-year deal with SD Huesca, still in the second tier.[10] The following 23 January, he returned to Mirandés after leaving by mutual consent.[11]


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