Fulham announced the signing of Fernando Amorebieta on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday 22nd May, with the defender penning a four-year deal.
Born in Venezuela, Amorebieta met Bilbao’s eligibility criteria as he had been raised locally since the age of two, while his parents are also of Basque origin. After spending time at Bilbao’s feeder team and their B club, Amorebieta made his debut for the first team midway through the 2005/06 season, aged 20.
He went on to play 254 times for the club and was an important part of the side that reached the Final of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League. Bilbao famously knocked out Manchester United en route, with Amorebieta playing the full 90 minutes of the Second Leg after missing the First Leg through suspension.
The centre-back also picked up two Copa del Rey runner-up medals during his time in the Basque Country as Bilbao twice lost to Barcelona in the Final, in 2009 and 2012.
Amorebieta represented Spain at youth level and was once called up by Vicente del Bosque to the full national side, but after not making it off the bench, he has since switched allegiance to his native Venezuela.
A robust, no-nonsense defender, Amorebieta has been known to frequent the referee’s notebook more than he would have liked during his time in La Liga, but there is no doubting his ability as he embarks on a new chapter in the Barclays Premier League.
|Minutes per goal||-|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||1 / 2|
|Goals to shots ratio||0.0|
|Dribbles (Successful / Unsuccessful)||5 / 2|
|Crosses (Successful / Unsuccessful)||0 / 1|
|» Short (Successful / Unsuccessful)||180 / 38|
|» Long (Successful / Unsuccessful)||31 / 29|
|» Own Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||147 / 20|
|» Oppositions Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||64 / 48|
|Throw-ins (Successful / Unsuccessful)||2 / 3|
|» Inside Box / Outside Box||16 / 3|
|Tackles (Won / Lost)||5 / 2|
|Duels (Won / Lost)||45 / 36|
|» Ground Duels (Won / Lost)||14 / 15|
|» Aerial Duels (Won / Lost)||31 / 21|
|Fouls (Committed / Suffered)||7 / 4|