Xabier Etxeita

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Xabier Etxeita
Personal information
Full name Xabier Etxeita Gorritxategi
Date of birth (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Zornotza, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 16
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Amorebieta
2006–2009 Bilbao Athletic 66 (7)
2008–2010 Athletic Bilbao 17 (1)
2010 Cartagena (loan) 14 (1)
2010–2013 Elche 96 (5)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 27 (2)
National team
2014– Basque Country 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Etxeita and the second or maternal family name is Gorritxategi.

Xabier Etxeita Gorritxategi (born 31 October 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Zornotza, Biscay, Etxeita was a product of Athletic Bilbao's prolific youth ranks, Lezama. His first three games with the first team, all in 2008–09's La Liga, were not without incidents: in his first, a 2–0 home win against neighbours CA Osasuna on 16 November 2008,[1] he subbed in for injured Ustaritz, being sent off in the following against CD Numancia (same venue and result).[2]

On 21 December Etxeita replaced Ander Murillo, who also retired before half-time due to injury, in a 1–0 success at Real Betis.[3] During the season, however, he was mainly registered with the B-side.

In the very last days of the 2010 January transfer window Etxeita moved on a five-month loan to FC Cartagena, in the second division.[4] On 16 July 2010 he left Athletic and signed with another club in that level, Elche CF, quickly going on to establish himself in the starting XI.

On 4 June 2013, after contributing with 40 games and four goals[5][6][7][8] as the Valencian Community team returned to the top level after more than 20 years, Etxeita returned to Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer.[9] He only made his official debut on 7 April of the following year,[10] playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win over Levante UD.[11]

Etxeita scored his first competitive goal for Athletic on 25 October 2014, netting the only in a league fixture at UD Almería.[12] His second came on 4 March of the following year, as he helped to a 2–0 win over RCD Espanyol in Barcelona to make his team reach the final of the Copa del Rey for the first time in three years.[13]


Athletic Bilbao


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