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Unai Bustinza Martínez (born 2 February 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back for La Liga side CD Leganés, where he is captain, and the Basque Country National Team.

Unai Bustinza
Personal information
Full name Unai Bustinza Martínez
Date of birth (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Leganés
Number 3
Youth career
2001–2002 Santutxu
2002–2011 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Basconia 28 (2)
2011–2014 Bilbao Athletic 83 (7)
2014–2016 Athletic Bilbao 2 (0)
2015–2016Leganés (loan) 15 (0)
2016– Leganés 56 (2)
National team
2019– Basque Country 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:15, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Bustinza joined Athletic Bilbao's prolific youth system in 2002, aged ten. He made his debuts as a senior with the farm team in the 2010–11 season, in Tercera División.

In May 2011, Bustinza was promoted to the reserves in Segunda División B. He appeared regularly for them in the following campaigns, scoring a career-best five goals in 2012–13.

On 15 July 2014, Bustinza was promoted to the Basques' main squad in La Liga.[1] He made his debut in the competition on 25 August, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 away win against UD Almería.[2]

Bustinza was handed his first start for the Lions on 2 May 2015, in a 0–0 draw against Atlético Madrid, being sent off in the 93rd minute for two bookable offences.[3] Late in the month, he played the full 90 minutes in the Copa del Rey final against FC Barcelona, a 1–3 loss.[4]

On 22 July 2015, Bustinza was loaned to Segunda División club CD Leganés in a season-long deal.[5] After achieving top level promotion, he signed a permanent three-year contract with the club on 18 July of the following year, after cutting ties with Athletic.[6]

International careerEdit

He made his debut for the unofficial Basque Country national team in May 2019, in a 0–0 draw away to Panama for which a small, youthful and inexperienced squad was selected.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bustinza tendrá dorsal en el primer equipo del Athletic (Bustinza will have a jersey in Athletic's first team); Diario AS, 15 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Etxeita da aire al Athletic (Etxeita gives air to Athletic); Marca, 25 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Atlético llega tarde (Atlético arrive late); Marca, 2 May 2015 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Messi es el Rey León (Messi is the Lion King); Marca, 30 May 2015 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Bustinza, cedido al Leganés (Bustinza, loaned to Leganés); Athletic Bilbao, 22 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Bustinza vuelve al Leganés y firma hasta 2019 (Bustinza returns to Leganés and signs until 2019); CD Leganés, 18 July 2016 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Empate sin goles de la Euskal Selekzioa ante Panamá" [Basque Selection goalless draw against Panama]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 May 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Empate entre la Euskal Selekzioa y Panamá (0-0)" [Draw between Basque Selection and Panama (0-0)]. EITB (in Spanish). 30 May 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

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