Mikel Aranburu Eizagirre
(born 18 February 1979 in Azpeitia
, Basque Country
) is a Spanish footballer
who plays for Real Sociedad
as a midfielder
He spent his entire professional career with Real Sociedad
, appearing in more than 500 official games for the club.
Aranburu made his professional debuts aged 18, in the last round of the 1996–97 season
, against CD Logroñés
, courtesy of manager Javier Irureta
. From his fourth season
onwards, he became a full member of the first squad, being essential as the Basque
finished second in La Liga
, with 34 matches plus two goals.
Aranburu was seriously injured during 2005–06
, and returned to major action only to see Real get relegated in the following season
, the first time in 40 years. He continued to be an important first-team member during the second division
seasons, appearing in 35 games in 2009–10
as the Txuriurdin
returned to the top level after three years.
In the 2010–11 campaign
, Aranburu was once again first-choice, partnering Diego Rivas
in central defensive midfield in most of the games. He equalled a career-best five goals, including two in a 4–0 away win against Getafe CF
- he only played five minutes in the game; ESPNsoccernet
, 15 January 2011- and the all-important last-minute
winner at home against Real Zaragoza
in the 36th round (2–1), as Sociedad narrowly retained its division......