Xabi Etxeita

Squad No. 4
Date of Birth October 31, 1987
Age 34
Height 186cm
Position Defender
Birthplace Amorebieta-Etxano
Previous Clubs Athletic

Xabier Etxeita Gorritxategi (born 31 October 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF mainly as a centre back.

Born in Amorebieta-Etxano, Biscay, Etxeita finished his development within Athletic Bilbao’s prolific youth academy at Lezama, after playing with hometown club SD Amorebieta. His first three games with the first team of the former, all in 2008–09’s La Liga, were not without incidents: in his first, a 2–0 home win against neighbours CA Osasuna on 16 November 2008, he subbed in for injured Ustaritz, being sent off in the following against CD Numancia (same venue and result). On 21 December, he replaced Ander Murillo who also retired before half-time due to injury, in a 1–0 away victory over Real Betis. During the season, however, he was mainly registered with the B side.

In the last days of the 2010 January transfer window, Etxeita moved on a five-month loan to FC Cartagena of the second division. On 16 July 2010 he left Athletic and signed with another club at that level, Elche CF, quickly going on to establish himself in the starting XI.

On 4 June 2013, after contributing 40 games and four goals as the Valencian Community team returned to the top flight after more than 20 years, Etxeita returned to Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer. He only made his official debut on 7 April of the following year, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win over Levante UD.

Etxeita scored his first competitive goal for Athletic on 25 October 2014, the only in a league fixture at UD Almería. His second came on 4 March of the following year, as he helped to a 2–0 defeat of RCD Espanyol in Barcelona to make his team reach the final of the Copa del Rey for the first time in three years; he played the entire decisive match, a 3–1 loss to FC Barcelona, and also started both legs of the subsequent edition of the Supercopa de España against the same opponent, which was won 5–1 on aggregate and brought a first trophy for the player.

On 24 July 2018, Exteita was loaned to fellow top division side SD Huesca for one year. In August 2019, the free agent left the San Mamés Stadium and signed a two-year contract with Getafe CF of the same tier.