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Pablo Orbaiz
Spanish footballer

Pablo Orbaiz

Pablo Orbaiz
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Intro Spanish footballer
A.K.A. Pablo Orbaiz Lesaka
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Spain
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1979, Pamplona
Age 44 years
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Pablo Orbaiz Lesaka (born 6 February 1979) is a Spanish footballer who last played for CD Valle de Egüés as a defensive midfielder.
After starting out with Osasuna, he went on to play 11 years in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in a total of 318 official games and scoring 13 goals.

Club career

Osasuna / Athletic

Born in Pamplona, Orbaiz began his career at hometown's CA Osasuna, exclusively playing in the second division with the team and contributing with 29 games and one goal in his final season as the Navarrese returned to La Liga after a six-year absence.

After that he moved to neighbours Athletic Bilbao, where he was a very important midfield element from the start. In the 2004–05 campaign he played 35 league matches and scored three goals, adding eight appearances in the UEFA Cup. However, he also suffered two very serious knee injuries, in 2002–03 and 2006–07 (only 14 games combined).

In the 2009–10 season, Orbaiz continued to be an automatic first-choice when healthy. However, during one month (February–March 2010), he was sent off twice for dangerous challenges – both of which resulted in two-match bans – at Villarreal CF (1–2 loss) and at home against Getafe CF (2–2, he also scored the opener in the latter game). For the following campaign he was promoted as team captain, after the departures of Joseba Etxeberria and Francisco Yeste.

Later years

In late August 2011, after another season of regular use by manager Joaquín Caparrós – 26 games, 1,675 minutes – as Athletic once again qualified to the Europa League, 32-year-old Orbaiz was loaned to Olympiacos F.C. in Greece, joining a host of compatriots at the Piraeus club, including manager Ernesto Valverde. Afterwards he was released by Bilbao, signing for one season with FC Rubin Kazan and reuniting with compatriot and former Olympiacos teammate Iván Marcano.

International career

Orbaiz made his debut with Spain on 21 August 2002 in a testimonial match for Ferenc Puskás against Hungary, representing the nation in a further three matches.

Previously, he helped the under-20s win the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.



Athletic Bilbao
  • Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2008–09
  • Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2009
  • Superleague Greece: 2011–12
  • Greek Football Cup: 2011–12


Spain U20
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: 1999

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