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Joseba Zaldúa

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Joseba Zaldúa
Zaldúa with Real Sociedad in 2014
Personal information
Full name Joseba Zaldúa Bengoetxea
Date of birth (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 2
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Real Sociedad B 67 (2)
2013– Real Sociedad 116 (1)
2017–2018Leganés (loan) 30 (1)
National team
2016– Basque Country 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2016

Joseba Zaldúa Bengoetxea (born 24 June 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as a right back.

Club career

Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Zaldúa played his youth football with local Real Sociedad. He made his senior debut with the reserves, spending several seasons in Segunda División B with them.

Zaldúa played his first official match with the main squad on 23 November 2013, featuring the first 80 minutes before being substituted for Javier Ros in a 4–3 home win against RC Celta de Vigo.[1] Roughly a month later, he signed a new deal with the Basques until 2016.[2]

On 20 May 2014, Zaldúa renewed his contract with the Txuri-urdin until 2018, and was definitely promoted to the first team.[3] On 4 July 2017, he was loaned to fellow top-level club CD Leganés for one year.[4] He made 30 appearances as the side from the outskirts of Madrid avoided relegation, and scored a last-minute equaliser in a 2–2 draw at Deportivo Alavés on 21 January 2018;[5] on 7 May, he was sent off in a 3–0 home loss to Levante UD for denying José Luis Morales a goalscoring opportunity.[6]

Zaldúa scored his first goal for Real Sociedad on 12 May 2019 in a 3–1 victory over Real Madrid at Anoeta Stadium, but was replaced in the same game with a broken left leg.[7]


  1. ^ "Superb Vela inspires Sociedad". ESPN FC. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Joseba Zaldua renueva hasta 2016" [Joseba Zaldua renews until 2016] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ "El sueño de Joseba y Jon" [Joseba and Jon's dream] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Zaldua apuntala el lateral derecho pepinero" [Zaldua bolsters the pepinero right flank] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  5. ^ McTear, Euan (21 January 2018). "Alaves snatch a draw from the jaws of victory". Marca. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  6. ^ Rodríguez, Ángel (7 May 2018). "Tormenta granota en Butarque" [Granota storm in Butarque]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Ya se conoce el alcance de la lesión de Zaldua" [Extent of Zaldúa's injury already known] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
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