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Iñaki Williams Iñaki
WilliamsArthuer

  • Position:Striker
  • Birth Date:15-06-1994
  • Birth Location:Bilbo (Bizkaia)
  • Debut Date:06/12/2014
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Iñaki Williams Iñaki
WilliamsArthuer

  • Position:Striker
  • Birth Date:15-06-1994
  • Birth Location:Bilbo (Bizkaia)
  • Debut Date:06/12/2014
Statistics
9Seasons
355Matches
80Goals
All matches
Athletic Club
2022-23
Liga
Matchday 01 - 15/08/2022
Athletic Club0
0 - 0
RCD Mallorca0
86'
Matchday 02 - 21/08/2022
Athletic Club1
1 - 0
Valencia CF0
90'
Matchday 03 - 29/08/2022
Cádiz CF0
0 - 4
Athletic Club4
54'
Matchday 04 - 04/09/2022
Athletic Club0
0 - 1
RCD Espanyol1
71'
Matchday 05 - 11/09/2022
Elche CF1
1 - 4
Athletic Club4
78'
Matchday 06 - 17/09/2022
Athletic Club3
3 - 2
Rayo Vallecano2
90'
Matchday 07 - 30/09/2022
Athletic Club4
4 - 0
UD Almería0
Matchday 08 - 08/10/2022
Sevilla FC1
1 - 1
Athletic Club1
Honours
2014-15
Supercup
2019-20
Supercup
Career
TeamDiv.YearLeagueCupSupercupEuropa League
Mat.GoalsMat.GoalsMat.GoalsMat.Goals
Athletic Club-2022-2314510----
Athletic Club1st2021-223884020--
Athletic Club2020-213866121--
Athletic Club2019-2038684----
Athletic Club2018-19381332----
Athletic Club2017-1838710--133
Athletic Club2016-1738532--81
Athletic Club2015-1625853--72
Athletic Club2014-1519141--21
Bilbao Athletic2ªB2014-151813------
Bilbao Athletic2ªB2013-14148------
Basconia2013-14187------
Athletic Juvenil División de Honor-2012-13313074----
Next Gen-2012-13--------
Pamplona-2011-12--------
Pamplona-2010-11--------
Pamplona-2009-10--------
Natación Pamplona---------
Bio
Pacey forward Iñaki Williams is definitely one of Athletic Club’s biggest stars and most important players. San Mamés loves nothing more than to watch a full-flight Iñaki gliding past opposing defenders. Fortunately, Athletic fans can keep doing so until 2028, as Williams has committed his long-term future to his boyhood club. 

Williams arrived at Lezama in 2012-13 and scored goals for fun as he made his way through the ranks at the academy. The striker simply could not be contained, bagging 21 goals in 32 appearances for Bilbao Athletic between 2013 and 2015. 

In 2014-15, head coach Ernesto Valverde handed Williams his LaLiga debut in a 0-1 loss to Córdoba CF.

Initially, Williams began his first-team career as a right-winger, but when former striker Aritz Aduriz started to suffer with injuries, Athletic Club became more reliant on Williams as a no.9. 

His versatility and ability to play two positions effectively is very helpful, as it gives Valverde more options. But of course, Iñaki’s biggest asset is his speed, he regularly hits speeds in excess of 35 kph. When he gets going, it is devastating. 

Perhaps more incredible is his consistency and resistance to injuries. Last season, Iñaki broke the long-standing LaLiga record for consecutive appearances, playing his 203rd game in a row in the Matchday 9 fixture against Deportivo Alavés.

Iñaki’s goals tend to be spectacular and important. For example, in the 2020-21 Super Cup final, he scored a stunning extra-time winner which saw Athletic beat FC Barcelona and lift the trophy. 

One of Williams’ most memorable goals was his second in Athletic’s 2-0 home victory over Sevilla in 2018-19. He received the ball in the semi-circle, flicked it past his marker, outsprinted the defender to the ball and left the entire Sevilla defence in his wake before rounding the keeper and scoring. 

So far, Iñaki has played in 340 matches and scored 75 times for Athletic Club. Considering he has committed himself to the club until 2028, fans should expect to see him score many more goals.

In 2020-21, Iñaki fulfilled the long-held dream of playing senior football alongside his younger brother Nico. The Williams brothers shared the pitch together during the final stretch of the LaLiga Matchday 33 fixture against Real Valladolid.

We can now also expect to see more of Iñaki on the international scene. The striker recently made himself available for selection for Ghana, the birth country of his parents.
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