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Place of birth  Ondarroa, Spain
Name  Kepa Arrizabalaga
Career start  2011
2004–2012  Athletic Bilbao
Weight  85 kg
Number  1
Height  1.86 m
Playing position  Goalkeeper
Role  Footballer

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Full name  Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta
Date of birth  (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 21)
Current team  Real Valladolid (Goalkeeper)
Similar People  Unai Lopez, Unai Bustinza, Jonas Ramalho, Iker Guarrotxena, Albert Celades
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Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta (born 3 October 1994) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a goalkeeper.

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Formed at Athletic Bilbao, he played his first professional games on loan at Ponferradina and Real Valladolid, in Segunda División.

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Arrizabalaga represented Spain up to under-21 level, winning the 2012 European Championship with the under-19 team.

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Club career

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Born in Ondarroa, Biscay, Basque Country, Arrizabalaga joined Athletic Bilbao's youth setup at Lezama in 2004, aged ten. He made his senior debuts with the farm team in 2011, in Tercera División.

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On 5 May 2012, Arrizabalaga was called up to the main squad for a La Liga match against Getafe CF, but remained unused in the 0–0 draw at the San Mamés Stadium. He was also called up to pre-season in July, and on 23 September was also a substitute in another home game of the same outcome, against Málaga CF.

Arrizabalaga was promoted to the reserves in January 2013, to cover for injured Jon Ander Serantes. He made his debut for the B-side on 16 February 2013, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win over UD Logroñés for the Segunda División B championship. On 3 March, he was sent off towards the end of a 3–1 home win over SD Amorebieta, as was teammate Jon García; in April he suffered a pubalgia, only returning to the fields in September.

Arrizabalaga appeared regularly for the B's after his return, but broke the first metatarsus of his right hand in January 2014, being sidelined for a month. On 11 March, Getafe submitted a loan request to the Lions for him, mainly as a replacement to injured Miguel Ángel Moyà, but it was rejected a day later.

On 5 January 2015, Arrizabalaga was loaned to Segunda División's SD Ponferradina until June. He finally made his professional debut on the 11th, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander.

On 20 July 2015, Arrizabalaga moved to Real Valladolid also in the second tier, in a season-long loan deal. He played his first competitive game on 22 August, in a 0–1 loss at Córdoba CF, and missed only three matches as his team finished 16th.

After returning from loan, Arrizabalaga was definitely included in the first team, initially as third-choice behind Gorka Iraizoz and Iago Herrerín. He made his debut in the top flight on 11 September 2016, starting in a 1–0 away win over Deportivo de La Coruña.

International career

After appearing for under-18s, Arrizabalaga was called up to the under-19 team for that year's UEFA European Championship. He was an undisputed starter during the tournament, as his side were crowned champions; highlights included a 3–3 semi-final success against France, where he saved two penalties in the shootout.

Arrizabalaga missed the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup due to injury, being replaced by Rubén Yáñez. On 8 November 2013 he was called up to the under-21 team, along with Athletic teammate Iker Muniain.

Arrizabalaga was called up to the senior side on 22 March 2017 ahead of a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel and a friendly with France, as a late replacement for the injured Pepe Reina.

Honours

Spain U19
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2012
  • References

    Kepa Arrizabalaga Wikipedia


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