Gaizka Mendieta

Gaizka Mendieta

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Gaizka Mendieta Zabala (born 27 March 1974) is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder.

Versatile, with good offensive and tackling skills, also being capable of creating goals for teammates and himself, he played mainly for Valencia CF, and finished his career at Middlesbrough of England.

He played 40 times with the Spanish national team, appearing with it in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career


Born in Bilbao, Basque Country, Mendieta made his professional debuts at just 17 with CD Castellón, in the second division. After just one season, he moved to La Liga after signing with Valencia CF. He spent the vast majority of his first year with the reserves, making his first team debut on 13 June 1993. Mendieta played 34 of 42 games during the 1995–96 season as Valencia finished runners-up, its best result since 1990.

The 1997–98 season was Mendieta's breakthrough season, under new manager Claudio Ranieri. He played in 30 of 38 games, scoring 10 goals, and soon made his debut for the national team. In June 1999, he won his first trophy with Valencia, beating Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Under new manager Héctor Cúper, Mendieta had an even better year in 1999–2000. He helped Valencia beat FC Barcelona 4–3 on aggregate to win the Spanish Supercup, and scored a career-best 13 goals, as the Che finished third. However, the biggest triumph of the season was helping Valencia reach the final of......
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