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Place of birth  Eibar, Spain
Name  Markel Susaeta
Career start  2007
1997–2005  Athletic Bilbao
Weight  68 kg

Number  14
Height  1.79 m
Playing position  Winger
Role  Footballer
Salary  800,000 EUR (2012)
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Full name  Markel Susaeta Laskurain
Date of birth  (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 28)
Current teams  Athletic Bilbao (#14 / Midfielder), Spain national football team (Midfielder)
Similar People  Aritz Aduriz, Benat Etxebarria, Iker Muniain, Ernesto Valverde, Marcelo Bielsa

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Markel Susaeta Laskurain ([markel s̻us̻aeta las̻kuɾain], [ˈmarkel susaˈeta laskuˈɾain]; born 14 December 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a right winger.

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He spent his entire professional career with Athletic Bilbao after making his debut with the first team in 2007, appearing in more than 430 competitive games and scoring more than 50 goals.

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Club career

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Born in Eibar, Gipuzkoa, Susaeta came through the ranks of Athletic Bilbao, spending one season with the farm team and another with the B-side. At the start of 2007–08 he was also registered for the reserves, but was given his first-team debut on 2 September 2007 and managed to score in a 1–3 loss at FC Barcelona; he finished with 29 La Liga appearances, netting on four occasions.

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In the following years, Susaeta established himself firmly in Athletic's first team, although still not an undisputed starter for the Basque side. On 31 January 2009, he scored four minutes from time to give his team a 3–2 home win against Málaga CF, in an eventual narrow escape from relegation; he also appeared in six matches in the campaign's Copa del Rey, as they reached the final against Barcelona.

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Susaeta netted a career-best 13 official goals in 2011–12, including five in the season's UEFA Europa League as Athletic reached the final – the Lions also reached the decisive match in the domestic cup, once again against Barcelona.

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Susaeta came on as a substitute in the 2015 Spanish Cup final, once more lost to Barcelona. He also played in both legs of the following edition of the Supercopa de España, in which his team finally overcame the same opponent.

In 2016, Susaeta broke the club record for appearances in European competition, passing the total of 55 set in the 1970s by goalkeeper José Ángel Iribar (who also held the overall appearances record by some margin).

International career

On 9 November 2012, following a series of good displays, Susaeta was called up to the Spain national team for the first time, being selected by manager Vicente del Bosque for a friendly against Panama on the 14th and scoring the final goal in the 5–1 win in Panama City. He also featured for the unofficial Basque Country regional side.

International goals

As of 14 November 2012 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Susaeta goal)

Personal life

Susaeta's cousin, Néstor, is also a footballer and a winger. He unsuccessfully emerged through Basque neighbours Real Sociedad's youth system, and had a brief spell with Athletic's reserves.

Club statistics

As of 17 August 2017

Honours

Athletic Bilbao
  • Supercopa de España: 2015; Runner-up 2009
  • UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2011–12
  • Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15
  • References

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