Yuri Berchiche

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Yuri Berchiche
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Berchiche with Real Sociedad in 2014
Personal information
Full name Yuri Berchiche Izeta
Date of birth (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Zarautz, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2004 Antiguoko[1]
2004–2005 Real Sociedad
2005–2007 Athletic Bilbao
2007–2009 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009Cheltenham Town (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010Valladolid B (loan) 25 (0)
2009Valladolid (loan) 1 (0)
2010–2012 Real Unión 45 (1)
2012–2017 Real Sociedad 77 (3)
2012–2014Eibar (loan) 67 (7)
2017–2018 Paris Saint-Germain 22 (2)
2018– Athletic Bilbao 2 (1)
National team
2006 Spain U17 6 (0)
2014– Basque Country 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2016

Yuri Berchiche Izeta (born 10 February 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a left-back.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Tottenham[edit]

Born in Zarautz, Basque Country to an Algerian father and a Spanish mother,[2] Berchiche started his career in the cantera of Real Sociedad, but left for rivals Athletic Bilbao at the age of 16. On 8 June 2007 Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur agreed on a transfer, and the player continued his footballing development in England at the club's academy;[3] while playing for Tottenham's under-18 at the Eurofoot Tournament in Belgium, he was named "Player of the tournament", as Spurs won the competition after beating R.S.C. Anderlecht 4–0 in the final.[3]

Berchiche joined League One team Cheltenham Town on a month's loan, on 26 March 2009.[4] Two days later he made his league debut, in a 1–1 away draw against Walsall.[5]

In April 2009, Berchiche made a robust tackle on Scunthorpe United's Henri Lansbury (on loan from Arsenal), leaving his opponent with a suspected broken leg. Although he was not sent off for the challenge, Cheltenham manager Martin Allen ordered him to leave the field anyway;[6] it was later revealed that Lansbury did not sustain any major damage to his leg.[7]

In July 2009, Berchiche returned to Spain and joined Real Valladolid, still on loan.[8] Benefitting from the absence of longtime incumbent Alberto Marcos due to injury, he started in the first league game, a 0–0 draw at UD Almería;[9] it would be his only La Liga appearance of the season as he was mainly registered by the reserves,[10] and the Castile and León side also suffered relegation.

Real Sociedad[edit]

In the summer of 2010, aged 20, Berchiche was released by Tottenham, signing a two-year contract with Real Unión in the Spanish third division.[11] On 29 June 2012, after two full campaigns, he returned to Real Sociedad, who immediately loaned him to another team in the third level, neighbouring SD Eibar.[12]

In early 2014, Berchiche renewed his contract with the Txuriurdin until 2016.[13] In June, after helping Eibar obtain promotion to the top division for the first time in its history, he was selected by the Liga de Fútbol Profesional to its starting XI.[14]

In August 2014, Berchiche returned to Real Sociedad, being assigned to the main squad.[15] He subsequently became the starter, replacing longtime incumbent Alberto de la Bella.[16][17][18][19]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 7 July 2017, Berchiche signed a four-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain FC.[20] He made his Ligue 1 debut on 8 September, playing the full 90 minutes in the 5–1 away win against FC Metz.[21] His first goal in the competition arrived on 20 December, in a 3–1 home success over Stade Malherbe Caen.[22]

Berchiche played 32 competitive matches in his first season, winning three trophies including the national championship and the Coupe de France, defeating amateurs Les Herbiers VF 2–0 in the final of the latter tournament.[23]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 2 July 2018, PSG announced they had agreed a deal with Athletic Bilbao for the permanent transfer of Berchiche (an initial fee of €19 million, with a further €6 million in possible add-ons).[24] The contract was announced as running through 2022, with a release clause of €100 million.[25]

International career[edit]

Berchiche represented Spain at under-17 and under-18 levels.[3] He also featured for the unofficial Basque Country regional team.[26]

Berchiche declined approaches to play for Algeria on several occasions.[27][28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 31 May 2018
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2008–09[29] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Valladolid (loan) 2009–10[29] La Liga 1 0 2 0 3 0
Valladolid B (loan) 2009–10 Tercera División 25 0 25 0
Real Unión 2010–11[29] Segunda División B 14 1 1 0 2[a] 0 17 1
2011–12[29] Segunda División B 31 0 0 0 31 0
Total 45 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 48 1
Real Sociedad 2012–13[29] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[29] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[29] La Liga 21 0 4 0 0 0 25 0
2015–16[29] La Liga 21 0 1 0 22 0
2016–17[29] La Liga 35 3 6 0 41 3
Total 77 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 88 3
Eibar (loan) 2012–13[29] Segunda División B 30 4 3 0 6[b] 0 39 4
2013–14[29] Segunda División 37 3 1 0 38 3
Total 67 7 4 0 6 0 77 7
Paris Saint-Germain 2017–18[29] Ligue 1 22 2 5 0 2[c] 0 3[d] 0 32 2
Athletic Bilbao 2018–19[29] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 246 12 23 0 2 0 11 0 280 13

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paris Saint Germain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jugadores relevantes" [Relevant players] (in Spanish). Antiguoko KE. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Yuri el lateral que aprendió de Bale" [Yuri the fullback who learned from Bale] (in Spanish). Noticias de Gipuzkoa. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Yuri Berchiche". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Cheltenham sign Spurs youngsters". BBC Sport. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Walsall 1–1 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe 3–0 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  7. ^ "No bone breaks for duo". Scunthorpe United. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Berchiche ficha por el Promesas" [Berchiche signs for Promesas]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 21 July 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Almeria 0–0 Valladolid". ESPN Soccernet. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Del Horno jugará en Valladolid, cedido por el Valencia, hasta final de Liga" [Del Horno will play in Valladolid, loaned by Valencia, until end of League]. Público (in Spanish). 30 January 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Yuri Berchiche, que se fue del Athletic con 17 años, ficha por el Real Unión" [Yuri Berchiche, who left Athletic at the age of 17, signs for Real Unión]. El Correo (in Spanish). 3 August 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  12. ^ "La Real Sociedad ficha a Yuri Berchiche y lo cede al Eibar" [Yuri Berchiche signs for Real Sociedad and goes to Eibar on loan] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Gaztañaga y Berchiche renuevan con la Real Sociedad hasta 2016" [Gaztañaga and Berchiche renew with Real Sociedad until 2016] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  14. ^ "The Liga Adelante team of the season". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Yuri Berchiche: "Quiero hacerme un hueco en este equipo"" [Yuri Berchiche: "I want to have a place in this team"]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Yuri Berchiche, baja de última hora por lesión" [Yuri Berchiche, last-minute casualty due to injury] (in Spanish). Vavel. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  17. ^ "De la Bella: "Voy a darlo todo si tengo la oportunidad de jugar"" [De la Bella: "I am going to give it my all if I have the chance to play"] (in Spanish). Gipuzkoa Gaur. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  18. ^ ""En su día vi las orejas al lobo, por eso ahora juego cada partido como si fuera el último"" [«I saw the signs of danger back in the day, so now I play every game as if it was my last»]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Yuri berchiche [sic] ya es una pieza preciada" [Yuri Berchiche is already a prized possession] (in Spanish). Noticias de Gipuzkoa. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Yuri Berchiche signs for Paris Saint-Germain". Paris Saint-Germain. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Mbappe starts and scores in PSG debut". beIN Sports. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  22. ^ "PSG-Caen (3–1): revivez le direct" [PSG-Caen (3–1): live highlights]. Le Parisien (in French). 20 December 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  23. ^ "French Cup final – PSG beat Les Herbiers". BBC Sport. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Athletic Club seal four-year Yuri Berchiche deal". Marca. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Yuri Berchiche, new Athletic Club player". Athletic Bilbao. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Catalunya 0–1 Euskal Selekzioa" [Catalonia 0–1 Basque XI] (in Spanish). Basque Football Federation. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  27. ^ "Football / Yuri Berchiche balaie la possibilité de défendre les couleurs de l'Algérie" [Football / Yuri Berchiche sweeps the possibility of defending the colours of Algeria] (in French). Algérie Focus. 10 December 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Équipe nationale : Yuri Berchiche dit non à l'Algérie" [National team: Yuri Berchiche says no to Algeria] (in French). ObservAlgerie. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Yuri Berchiche at Soccerway
  30. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain set record with fourth straight Coupe De France crown". Goal. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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