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Mikel Arteta
Arteta throw in portsmouth home may 07.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mikel Arteta Amatriain
Date of birth 26 March 1982 (1982-03-26) (age 27)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 10
Youth career
1997–1999 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Barcelona B 26 (1)
2000–2002 PSG (loan) 31 (2)
2002–2004 Rangers 50 (12)
2004–2005 Real Sociedad 15 (1)
2005 Everton (loan) 12 (1)
2005– Everton 125 (19)
National team
1999 Spain U17 7 (0)
1999–2001 Spain U18 13 (1)
2002–2003 Spain U21 12 (2)
Basque Country 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:27, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 July 2006

Mikel Arteta Amatriain (born 26 March 1982 in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain) is a Spanish footballer. He is a midfielder, currently playing for English club Everton. A trainee with F.C. Barcelona, Arteta has previously played for Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, and Real Sociedad. He has represented Spain at under-21 level, but has not played for the senior national team.


Club career


Early career

Arteta began his football career at the local side Antiguoko and befriended fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso.[citation needed] The two would often play along the beaches of San Sebastián and dreamed of playing together at Real Sociedad when they were older.[citation needed] Arteta left for the FC Barcelona B squad at 15 years of age while Alonso signed for Real Sociedad later. Despite his potential Arteta failed to break into the first team, and went out on loan to French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2002.


Arteta joined Scottish club Rangers in 2002, winning the 2003 Scottish Premier League title as well as the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. Arteta enjoyed a successful first season at Rangers and quickly established himself as a first team regular and a fans' favourite.[citation needed] However, injuries and loss of form blighted his second season and he was forced to move on once again.

Real Sociedad

He joined Real Sociedad for €5.2 million in 2004 as a replacement for Liverpool-bound Alonso but failed to establish himself in the team.[citation needed]


Everton Manager David Moyes signed Arteta in the 2005 January transfer window on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. Seen as a replacement for Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen,[citation needed] Arteta played a vital part in helping Everton achieve UEFA Champions League qualification.[citation needed] He scored his first Everton goal in the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Arteta signed a five year deal in July 2005 for a fee of £2 million.

The 2005–06 season saw Arteta pick up both the Everton Fans' Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Season awards.[1] Arteta's good form extended into 2006–07. As well as retaining his starting place, he frequently turned in man-of-the-match displays, and finished the season with nine goals from the 35 league games he played. Arteta was awarded the Player of the Season Award for the second consecutive year.[1] He was also voted the Premiership's 'Midfielder of the Year' by the readers of Sky Sports, beating PFA Players' Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.[2]

Arteta carried that rich vein of form into the following season where his creativity was an essential part of Everton's attacking play. He had also added goals to his game, notching six goals by the end of January.[3] That improved further a season later, scoring nine times in the 2006–07 season and once again ending the season as the Player of the Year. He helped Everton secure a place in the UEFA Cup and was ranked by the ACTIM Index as the sixth best player in the Premiership but it did not earn him a call-up into the full Spain squad.[3] During the summer of 2007, he signed a new five-year contract.[3]

Arteta playing against Brann in the UEFA Cup in 2008.

Arteta added another accolade to his growing collection during the 2007–08 season, when he picked up North West Footballer of the Year award. He then became the first Everton player in five years to receive the Liverpool Echo's Sports Personality of the Year award in January 2008.

Arteta suffered a niggling stomach injury in the second half of the season, meaning his effectiveness was reduced. Shortly before the final game of the campaign, he underwent surgery to rectify the problem.[3] He scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season in the Premier League opener versus Blackburn Rovers with a free kick.He was named captain for a 2–2 draw with Newcastle United, scoring a penalty in the game. In February, Arteta was carried off on a stretcher in a 0–0 draw with Newcastle having injured a ligament in his knee, days after his first inclusion in the Spanish national team squad. The injury kept him out for the rest of the 2008–09 season and the first five months of 2009–10.

Arteta made his return from injury in January 2010 as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Birmingham City, before starting in a 2–1 home Premier League win against Chelsea. His first two goals of the season were scored in a 5–1 defeat of Hull City in March 2010.

International career

Arteta has made twelve appearances, scoring once for the Spanish U-21 side. He has not played for the Spanish senior team, and may be eligible to play for England under the FIFA five-year residency rule, an outcome the player has no ambition to see.[4]

Style of play

While initially thought of as a "pivot" or defensive midfielder in the mould of his hero Josep Guardiola,[5] it is only since being moved to the wing by David Moyes that Arteta's career has truly begun to flourish. Although he achieved moderate success from central midfield with PSG and Rangers, his move to the wing saw him rated as the sixth most effective player in the Premier League in 2006-07 by the official player ratings system the Actim Index.In 08/09 he also shown that he could still play centre-mid and show flair.

His style of play is characterised by excellent close control and dribbling, which coupled with short bursts of acceleration allows him to eliminate defenders with relative ease.[6][7]

With 100 fouls committed against him last year he was the most fouled player in the Premier League.[8].

Additionally, he has proved an extremely potent creative force thanks mainly to his pinpoint crossing ability and propensity for the killer pass, with his total of 13 league assists[8] in the 2006–07 season being second only to Cristiano Ronaldo. He is also renowned for his ability from set pieces, with 14 of Everton's 52 league goals last season coming from an Arteta free kick or corner.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup* Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Everton 2004-05 12 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 2
2005-06 29 1 7 5 1 0 3 1 0 37 3 7
2006-07 35 9 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 39 9 13
2007-08 28 1 7 2 0 0 7 3 0 37 4 7
2008-09 26 6 6 3 1 0 2 0 0 31 7 6
2009-10 6 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 9 2 0
Total 136 20 35 16 2 0 14 4 0 166 26 35

Statistics correct as of matches played 7 March 2010

(* Includes FA Cup and League Cup)





  • Everton Player of the Season: 2006, 2007
  • Everton Player's Player of the Season: 2006
  • Sky Sports Midfielder of the Year: 2007
  • North West Player of the Year: 2007

Personal life

Arteta's wife is the former 'Miss Spain' Lorena Bernal.[9] with whom he has a son. He is close friends with Xabi Alonso, who plays for Real Madrid. The two used to be neighbours at Liverpool's Albert Dock apartment complex.[9]

Arteta is multilingual, speaking fluent Spanish, Basque and Catalan. He speaks English and some French and Italian. He is also learning Portuguese.[10]


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Mikel Arteta
File:Arteta throw in portsmouth home may
Personal information
Full name Mikel Arteta
Date of birth 26 March 1982 (1982-03-26) (age 28)
Place of birth    San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 10
Senior clubs
Years Club
Paris Saint-Germain (loan)
Real Sociedad

Mikel Arteta (born 26 March 1982) is a Spanish football player. He plays for Everton. He plays soccer as a midfielder.

He first signed for Everton on loan from Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2005, but after many good performances manager David Moyes made this move permanent.

Despite being rated one of the best midfielders in English football, Arteta has never played for Spain.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
1999/00BarcelonaLa Liga0000
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2000/01Paris Saint-GermainDivision 16161
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2002/03RangersPremier League274274
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2004/05Real SociedadLa Liga151151
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05EvertonPremier League1211000-131
CountrySpain 151151
France 312312
Scotland 50125012
England 13017926012315722
Total 22632926012325337



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