Open main menu

Mikel Balenziaga Oruesagasti (Basque: [mikel balens̻iaɣa]; Spanish: [ˈmikel βalenˈθjaɣa];[a] born 29 February 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a left back.

Mikel Balenziaga
Balenziaga (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Mikel Balenziaga Oruesagasti
Date of birth (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Zumarraga, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 24
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Real Sociedad B 53 (0)
2008–2011 Athletic Bilbao 25 (0)
2009–2010Numancia (loan) 26 (0)
2011–2013 Valladolid 72 (0)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 160 (1)
National team
2007 Spain U19 5 (0)
2008 Spain U21 1 (0)
2012– Basque Country 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 2016

Contents

Club careerEdit

Born in Zumarraga, Gipuzkoa, Balenziaga started his football grooming at Real Sociedad, playing two full seasons with its B-team in the third division. However, in 2008–09, he switched to neighbours Athletic Bilbao.[1]

Initially thought of as a member of the reserve side, Balenziaga quickly beat competition from veterans Koikili and Javier Casas to become the undisputed first-choice for the vast majority of the campaign, making his first-team debut on 14 September 2008 in a 0–0 away draw against Málaga CF – another club graduate, Ander Iturraspe, also made his first La Liga appearance in that game.[2]

In July 2009, Athletic bought Xabier Castillo from neighbours Real Sociedad and Balenziaga, seeing his chances for the upcoming season dim, accepted a loan move to CD Numancia, freshly relegated from the top division.[3] He transferred to Real Valladolid on a three-year contract in the summer of 2011, after an unassuming campaign in which he made only one official appearance for the Lions.[4]

After two solid years as first-choice in Castile and León, Balenziaga returned to Athletic for 2013–14 to challenge for a first-team spot under new manager Ernesto Valverde.[5] He scored his first ever goal as a professional on 24 September 2016, helping the hosts defeat Sevilla FC 3–1 in the domestic league.[6]

International careerEdit

Balenziaga appeared once for the Spain under-21 team, playing 58 minutes in a 1–4 friendly away loss to Portugal on 18 November 2008.[7] He also featured for the unofficial Basque Country regional side.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 10 February 2019[9]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2008–09 La Liga 24 0 24 0
Total 24 0 24 0
Numancia 2009-10 Segunda División 26 0 26 0
Total 26 0 26 0
Athletic Bilbao 2010–11 La Liga 1 0 - 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Valladolid 2011–12 Segunda División 40 0 1 0 41 0
2012–13 32 0 2 0 34 0
Total 72 0 3 0 75 0
Athletic Bilbao 2013–14 La Liga 31 0 6 0 36 0
2014–15 33 0 7 0 8 0 48 0
2015–16 34 0 6 0 11 0 51 0
2016–17 33 1 3 0 7 0[b] 43 1
2017–18 18 0 0 0 10 0 28 0
2018–19 8 0 2 0 10 0
Total 157 1 24 0 36 0 217 1
Career total 280 1 27 0 36 0 343 1
  1. ^ In isolation, Balenziaga is pronounced [balenˈθjaɣa].
  2. ^ Athletic Bilbao credited him with one goal in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League match at home to APOEL FC, but the official report listed this as an own goal, and match footage confirmed a huge deflection off a defender

HonoursEdit

Athletic Bilbao

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Los otros realistas que acabaron en el Athletic" [The other realistas who ended up at Athletic]. El Correo (in Spanish). 2 July 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Málaga CF 0-Athletic Club 0: First Point". Athletic Bilbao. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Balenziaga se va cedido al Numancia y Murillo, al Salamanca" [Balenziaga goes on loan to Numancia and Murillo, to Salamanca]. El Correo (in Spanish). 11 August 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Mikel Balenziaga ficha por el Real Valladolid por tres temporadas" [Mikel Balenziaga signs with Real Valladolid for three seasons]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Mikel Balenziaga returns to Athletic Bilbao". Inside Spanish Football. 28 June 2013. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Balenziaga prolonga la fiesta en San Mamés" [Balenziaga extends party at San Mamés]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Selecção de sub-21 vence Espanha por 4–1 em particular" [Under-21 national team beat Spain 4–1 in friendly] (in Portuguese). TSF. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Catalunya 0–1 Euskal Selekzioa" [Catalonia 0–1 Basque XI] (in Spanish). Basque Football Federation. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Balenziaga". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 June 2017.

External linksEdit