Gurpegui in 2014
|Full name||Carlos Gurpegui Nausia|
|Date of birth||19 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He spent his entire professional career with Athletic Bilbao, which was marred by a two-year ban due to a nandrolone positive test. Over 14 La Liga seasons, he appeared in 393 matches in all competitions and scored 22 goals.
Born in Pamplona and raised in the village of Andosilla, Navarre, Gurpegui was a product of Athletic Bilbao's Lezama youth academy, and made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 31 March 2002 in a 2–5 away defeat against Villarreal CF, going on to establish himself as the first-choice holding midfielder in the following years with 121 games in four seasons. On 17 January 2004, he scored a late equaliser against FC Barcelona in a 1–1 draw at the Camp Nou.
Gurpegui was banned for two years on 3 November 2003, for testing positive for nandrolone in a 1 September 2002 game against Real Sociedad (2–4 away defeat, scoring both goals) the previous season. The ban was initially suspended after repeated appeals, with the player claiming that his body produced nandrolone naturally, but the appeals were in vain and he eventually was forced to serve his sentence, which ran until 23 April 2008; Athletic Bilbao, however, neither released the player nor took his number from the official squad, and he returned to action in a 0–3 away loss to Real Madrid, four days later.
In the 2008–09 season, Gurpegui was used mostly as a backup due to the emergence of youngster Javi Martínez, but regained his starting position in the following years, precisely alongside Martínez. On 28 November 2010, he headed home in the last minute against hometown club CA Osasuna, in a 1–0 home win.
Gurpegui was again relegated to the bench for the 2011–12 campaign, following the arrival of new coach Marcelo Bielsa. On 23 October 2011, having replaced Andoni Iraola at half-time in an eventual 1–1 draw at Valencia CF, he also had to leave the pitch early into the second half, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament which ended his season.
After Martínez left in summer 2012 to join FC Bayern Munich, Gurpegui was chosen by Bielsa as the next player to be converted from defensive midfielder to central defender. After playing a big role in their qualification for the tournament through finishing fourth domestically in 2013–14, partnering the much younger Aymeric Laporte, he featured in defence in six matches in the subsequent edition of the UEFA Champions League.
The team reached three finals of the Copa del Rey in Gurpegui's time at the San Mamés Stadium, losing them all to Barcelona – he was an unused substitute on every occasion. He did play in both legs of the 2015 Supercopa de España against the same opponents, lifting the trophy as team captain.
On retiring from playing, Gurpegui was appointed to a coaching role at Athletic Bilbao working under Ernesto Valverde. However, when the latter moved to Barcelona in the 2017 off-season he did not take the former with him, nor was there any place in the new Athletic coaching structure under José Angel Ziganda; instead, Gurpegui was appointed as an ambassador for the club.
Gurpegui's older brother, Pedro María, was also a footballer who played as a forward. He had a spell in the reserve team of Osasuna, coming up against his younger sibling in a league fixture in the semi-professional Segunda División B in 2000.
Pedro's career stalled after a serious knee injury, and he never played above that level.
|Izarra||1997–98||Segunda División B||1||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
|Bilbao Athletic||1999–2000||Segunda División B||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|2000–01||Segunda División B||23||2||—||—||—||23||2|
|2001–02||Segunda División B||32||3||—||—||—||32||3|
|Athletic Bilbao||2001–02||La Liga||4||0||0||0||—||—||4||0|
- Basic, Robert (14 May 2016). "La clase de Gurpegui" [The class of Gurpegui] (in Spanish). El Correo. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- Las cuatro esquinas de Gurpegi (Gurpegi's four corners); Deia, 4 September 2010 (in Spanish)
- Suspensión de dos años para Gurpegui (Two-year suspension for Gurpegui); Diario AS, 7 May 2003 (in Spanish)
- Two-year ban for Gurpegi; UEFA, 3 November 2003
- Segundo correctivo seguido para el Athletic de Bilbao (Second hard lesson in a row for Athletic Bilbao); El Mundo, 31 March 2002 (in Spanish)
- Barcelona 1–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 17 January 2004
- Carlos Gurpegi, organizador de juego y goleador (Carlos Gurpegi, playmaker and scorer); Mundo Deportivo, 2 September 2002 (in Spanish)
- Gurpegi given permission to play; UEFA, 3 December 2003
- Padilla insiste en que el organismo de Gurpegui generó su alto nivel de nandrolona (Padilla insists that Gurpegui's organism generated his high level of nandrolone); El País, 8 June 2005 (in Spanish)
- Athletic announce new Gurpegui appeal; UEFA, 26 November 2004
- El 'caso Gurpegui' llega a su fin (Curtain call to 'Gurpegui affair'); Marca, 22 April 2008 (in Spanish)
- Un abultado 3–0 (Heavy 3–0); El Correo, 28 April 2008 (in Spanish)
- Gurpegi hits late winner; ESPN Soccernet, 28 November 2010
- Soldado saves the day for Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 23 October 2011
- Gurpegi set for lengthy spell out; ESPN Soccernet, 24 October 2011
- Gurpegi: "Hemos mejorado" (Gurpegi: "We have improved"); Mundo Deportivo, 22 July 2012 (in Spanish)
- San Cristóbal, Ainara (8 June 2014). "El Athletic respira tranquilo con Laporte y Gurpegi" [Athletic take a breather with Laporte and Gurpegi] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Gurpegi seguirá un año más" [Gurpegi will continue another year] (in Spanish). EITB. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Barcelona stunned 4–0 by Athletic Bilbao in first leg of Super Cup". ESPN FC. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Athletic Bilbao manage draw at Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup". ESPN FC. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- Gurpegui ve "el momento perfecto para dejarlo" (Gurpegui sees this as "the perfect moment to quit"); Marca, 11 May 2016 (in Spanish)
- Cuenca, Nika (12 May 2016). "Yo quiero ser Gurpegui" [I want to be Gurpegui] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "La Euskal Selekzioa homenajea a Gurpegui" [The Basque Selection pay homage to Gurpegui] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Navarra perdona la goleada a la selección china y vence por 1–0" [Navarre forgive thrashing of Chinese team and win 1–0] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 26 December 2005. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "1–1 (8–9). La selección vasca supera a Córcega en la tanda de penaltis" [1–1 (8–9). The Basque team beat Corsica in the penalty shoot-out] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- Mallo, Juanma (24 June 2017). "Gurpegui, nuevo embajador institucional por Ibaigane" [Gurpegui, new institutional ambassador for Ibaigane] (in Spanish). El Correo. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Osasuna B 2–0 Athletic de Bilbao B". BDFutbol. 21 October 2000. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Por alusiones: Señor Izco" [For allusions: Mister Izco] (in Spanish). Noticias de Navarra. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Gurpegui: Carlos Gurpegui Nausia". BDFutbol. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "Gurpegui". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "Gurpegi". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 5 October 2018.