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Mikel Balenziaga Mikel
BalenziagaOruesagasti

  • Position:Defender
  • Birth Date:29-02-1988
  • Birth Location:Zumarraga (Gipuzkoa)
  • Debut Date:09/14/2008
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Mikel Balenziaga Mikel
BalenziagaOruesagasti

  • Position:Defender
  • Birth Date:29-02-1988
  • Birth Location:Zumarraga (Gipuzkoa)
  • Debut Date:09/14/2008
Statistics
12Seasons
317Matches
2Goals
All matches
Athletic Club
2022-23
Friendly match
- 07/23/2022
FSV Mainz 051
1 - 1
Athletic Club1
61'
- 07/30/2022
Newcastle United2
2 - 1
Athletic Club1
60'
- 08/06/2022
Athletic Club1
1 - 1
Deportivo Alavés1
61'
Honours
2014-15
Supercup
2019-20
Supercup
Career
TeamDiv.YearLeagueCupSupercupEuropa LeagueChampions
Mat.GoalsMat.GoalsMat.GoalsMat.GoalsMat.Goals
Athletic Club-2022-2300--------
Athletic Club1st2021-222603020----
Athletic Club2020-212303020----
Athletic Club2019-209020------
Athletic Club2018-1911020------
Athletic Club2017-1818000--100--
Athletic Club2016-1733130--71--
Athletic Club2015-163404020110--
Athletic Club2014-1533070----80
Athletic Club2013-1431060------
Real Valladolid CF2012-1332020------
Real Valladolid CF2011-1239010------
Athletic Club2010-111000------
CD Numancia2009-1026000------
Athletic Club2008-0924020------
Bilbao Athletic2ªB2008-0900--------
Real Sociedad B2ªB2007-08360--------
Real Sociedad B2ªB2006-07170--------
Bio
Left-back Mikel Balenziaga has racked up over 300 appearances in the red and white across two different spells at the club. He is now considered one of the squad’s elder statesmen.

The full-back from Zumarraga first arrived at Athletic Club in 2008 and former coach Joaquin Caparrós handed Balenziaga his first-team debut in a LaLiga game against Malaga CF on September 14, 2008.

After falling behind in the pecking order, he was loaned out to Numancia in 2009-10 and eventually sold to Valladolid, where he would spend two seasons.

However, coach Ernesto Valverde brought Balenziaga back to San Mamés and made him a Lion again. He’s been a mainstay in the Athletic Club squad ever since, although he has seen his opportunities reduced since Yuri Berchiche’s arrival in 2018-2019.

Nonetheless, Balenziaga continues to demonstrate that he is an exemplary professional and a vital component in the Athletic Club squad. For example, last season he stood up when needed, making 32 appearances in total.

When called upon, the left-back never lets his teammates down and still performs at the highest level. In addition to being a reliable and consistent performer, he is a perfect role model for younger players due to his attitude and work-ethic.

Although Balenziaga has lined up for Athletic Club in 243 LaLiga matches, he has only scored once. A fine effort against Sevilla FC on Matchday six of the 2016-17 season. In addition. Mikel is a two-time Spanish Super Cup champion, having been involved in both the 2015 and 2021 final triumphs over FC Barcelona.
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