David Zurutuza

David Zurutuza Veillet (born 19 July 1986) is a Spanish-French former footballer who played as a central midfielder.

David Zurutuza
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Zurutuza with Real Sociedad in 2018
Personal information
Full name David Zurutuza Veillet
Date of birth (1986-07-19) 19 July 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Rochefort, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Central midfielder
Youth career
Lengokoak
Decathlon Ondarroa
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Real Sociedad B 83 (5)
2007–2008Eibar (loan) 24 (2)
2008–2020 Real Sociedad 267 (20)
Total 374 (27)
National team
2010–2018 Basque Country 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent his entire professional career contracted to Real Sociedad, with whom he made 303 competitive appearances across over a decade, and was also loaned to Eibar in Segunda División.

Early yearsEdit

Zurutuza was born in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France, to a French mother and a Spanish father; the family returned to the latter's native Basque Country shortly after.[1] He also held French citizenship.[2]

Club careerEdit

Zurutuza joined Real Sociedad's youth system after starting his football career in Deba, Gipuzkoa. In the 2007–08 season, he was loaned to neighbours SD Eibar of the second division.[3][4]

Zurutuza spent the following campaign with Real's B team in the third level, suffering relegation. On 23 November 2008 he made his debut for the main squad, playing ten minutes as a substitute for Necati Ateş in a 1–0 home win against SD Huesca.[5]

In 2009–10, Zurutuza contributed with four goals in 28 games as Real Sociedad returned to La Liga after a three-year absence. He continued to be first choice the next season, making his debut in the competition on 29 August 2010 in a 1–0 home victory over Villarreal CF[6] and scoring his first goal on 28 November in a 3–1 away defeat of Sporting de Gijón;[7][8] he only missed two league matches as the club managed to retain its division status.

On 31 August 2014, in the second matchday of the new season, Zurutuza put on a Player of the match performance at home against Real Madrid, his brace helping Real Sociedad come from 0–2 behind to win the game 4–2.[9] Five years later, on 14 September, he made his 300th appearance against Atlético Madrid.[10]

Zurutuza retired from football in July 2020, at the age of 34.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[12][13]

Club Season Division League Cup Europe / Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad B 2005–06 Segunda División B 29 0 2 0 31 0
2006–07 Segunda División B 30 5 30 5
2008–09 Segunda División B 22 0 22 0
Total 81 5 0 0 2 0 83 5
Eibar (loan) 2007–08 Segunda División 24 2 1 0 25 2
Real Sociedad 2008–09 Segunda División 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 Segunda División 28 4 0 0 28 4
2010–11 La Liga 36 2 0 0 36 2
2011–12 La Liga 33 3 0 0 33 3
2012–13 La Liga 21 2 4 0 25 2
2013–14 La Liga 28 1 1 0 5 0 34 1
2014–15 La Liga 16 2 5 0 4 1 25 3
2015–16 La Liga 16 1 2 0 18 1
2016–17 La Liga 31 3 6 0 37 3
2017–18 La Liga 31 0 1 0 5 1 37 1
2018–19 La Liga 21 2 3 0 24 2
2019–20 La Liga 5 0 0 0 5 0
Total 267 20 22 0 14 2 303 22
Career Total 372 23 23 0 16 2 411 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ «Nací en Rochefort por accidente, crecí en Deba, vivo en Hendaia y no me siento francés» ("I was born in Rochefort by accident, grew up in Deba, live in Hendaia and I don't feel French") Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine; El Diario Vasco, 7 October 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Biografía" [Biography] (in Spanish). Official website. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ Zurutuza renueva con la Real y llega al Eibar cedido por una temporada (Zurutuza renews with Real and arrives at Eibar on loan for one season); El Diario Vasco, 4 August 2007 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ La Real trilingüe (Trilingual Real); El País, 21 September 2010 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Un cañón de oxígeno (A rocket of oxygen); Mundo Deportivo, 24 November 2008 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Sociedad make winning return; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2010
  7. ^ Sociedad leave it late; ESPN Soccernet, 28 November 2010
  8. ^ El bautismo goleador soñado (A dream scoring baptism); Mundo Deportivo, 29 November 2010 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Real Sociedad 4–2 Real Madrid; ESPN FC, 31 August 2014
  10. ^ "Zurutuza alcanzó los 300 partidos con la Real" [Zurutuza reached 300 matches for Real] (in Spanish). El Diario Vasco. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  11. ^ "David Zurutuza cuelga las botas en la Real Sociedad con una subasta solidaria" [David Zurutuza hangs up boots at Real Sociedad with solidary auction] (in Spanish). Goal. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  12. ^ David Zurutuza at Soccerway
  13. ^ David Zurutuza at WorldFootball.net

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