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Top facts about Gaizka Mendieta, the DJ

From the green pitch to party nights, Gaizka Mendieta was once the star player of Spain and Valencia, and after his playing career he became an even more entertaining figure, both a pundit and occasionally a DJ; we welcome you to top facts about Gaizka Mendieta, the DJ.

Gaizka Mendieta Zabala is a retired professional footballer from Spain who played in the midfield position. He played primarily for Valencia and concluded his career with Middlesbrough in England.

He was a versatile player with good technique, attacking talents, and tackling skills who was capable of scoring goals for both his teammates and himself. Over the course of ten seasons, he played 263 games and scored 48 goals in La Liga.

Mendieta made 40 appearances for Spain, including one World Cup and one European Championship.

Mendieta was selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup roster, and he scored one goal in three games for the eventual quarter-finalists, against South Africa. His final cap came four months after the World Cup, in a friendly against Bulgaria in Granada.

Mendieta also played for the unofficial Basque Country regional team, scoring few times.

In the top fact articles, we mainly provide information about the player's family and personal life such as his net worth, relationships, and children if he/she has any.

We would try to cover any truth and facts about the mentioned player in the

top facts about Gaizka Mendieta

, thus it would be a long journey through his life and that’s why you should grab a cup of coffee and find that comfortable place in your home to sit and relax while your mind is busy gathering all this information we have gathered for you.

An all-included but brief article about top facts about Gaizka Mendieta, the DJ

Let's start with the most important facts about Gaizka Mendieta for those who don't know him or who want to get into the correct mindset to read the

top facts about Gaizka Mendieta

.

Personal information

  • Full name:

    Gaizka Mendieta Zabala

  • Date of birth:

    27 March 1974

  • Age:

    47 years

  • Star Sign:

    Aries

  • Star sign features:

    Passionate, motivated, and confident leader

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

  • Place of birth:

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Marital status:

    Married

  • Religion:

    Christianity

Football information

  • Position:

    Midfielder

  • Last team:

    Middlesbrough

  • Total appearances:

    520

  • Club appearances:

    480

  • National appearances:

    40

  • Foot:

    Right

Physical stats and appearance

  • Height:

    1.73 m

  • Hair color:

    Blonde

  • Skin color:

    White

  • Facial hair:

    Clean

We should consider it safe to go on to the next portion of the top facts about Gaizka Mendieta essay, which will contain entailments and complementary details of the contents presented in the current section, now that you are aware of every single piece of information about Gaizka Mendieta.

Gaizka Mendieta Transfermarkt

His Transfermarkt statistics are not complete because he was playing football way before the creation of the website and the statistics recording systems, but his market value graph has recorded the market value of his final years when he was part of

Middlesbrough

.

It starts from 2004 when he was worth nearly 5 million Euros, luckily the graph started just in time to record his highest market value which was 6.75 million euros and he achieves this milestone on January 31, 2005. After that, his market value started to drop, first with a mild incline and then with a steep one.

His market value was near 400 thousand euros when he decided to retire.

According to this website, Gaizka Mendieta has received a total amount of 51 yellow cards and 2 yellow cards followed by a red card. He has scored 64 goals and 23 assists. It is necessary to mention that these statistics don’t seem to be accurate and have a need for further validation.

Now for his achievements listed on this website, He has won the English League cup with Middlesbrough in 2004, managed to lift the Spanish super cup with

Valencia

and the Spanish cup in 1999.

For the next part of

top facts about Gaizka Mendieta

, we would take a brief look at his career in Valencia just to cover all of his football career-related topics.

Gaizka Mendieta Valencia career

Mendieta, who was born in Bilbao, Basque Country, made his professional debut at the age of 17 with CD Castellón in Segunda División, where he usually played as a full-back.

He moved to La Liga after signing with Valencia CF for 30 million pesetas after only one season, but he spent the majority of his first year with the reserves, making his first-team debut on June 13, 1993, against Cádiz CF; he played 34 of the 42 games in the 1995–96 season as Valencia CF finished runners-up, their best finish since 1990.

Mendieta's breakthrough season came in 1997–98, under new manager Claudio Ranieri. He moved to central midfield, where he played 30 league games and scored ten goals before making his national team debut.

He scored in triumphs over Levante UD,

FC Barcelona

(both legs), and Real Madrid on the run to the final, where he produced a spectacular goal: controlling a cross on his chest, he flipped the ball over his own head and two defenders before turning to volley past the goalie.

The major achievement of the season was assisting his team to the UEFA Champions League final, in which they lost 0–3 to fellow league side

Real Madrid

; he was then handed the "European Midfielder of the Season" title.

Valencia advanced to the Champions League final the following year but was defeated by FC Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout. Mendieta scored an early penalty in normal time to give his club a 1-0 lead, and he also converted his shootout effort, earning him the title of "UEFA Best Midfielder of the Year" for the second time.

This was all that there was to his Valencia career.

Gaizka Mendieta personal life

Let us get into his personal life in this section of top facts about Gaizka Mendieta and see what we can dig out from this vast field.

Andrés Mendieta, Mendieta's father, was also a goalkeeper in football. He was born in Lekeitio, Biscay, and spent his final years as a player and later on the staff at Castellón, where he raised his family. Despite his Basque ancestry, Gaizka rose via their youth system.

Ander Herrera and Roberto Ros, both from Bilbao, were up studying their trade in the cities where their footballing dads worked. Both later joined

Athletic Bilbao

, however, Mendieta never played for a Basque team; he and his father both represented Spain at the Olympic Games, the latter in 1968 and the former in 1996.

Mendieta was a gifted athlete as a kid, and he was on the verge of switching from football to middle-distance running. He loved music and DJing in particular; he also performed onstage at the Benicàssim festival in 2015 during a set by the band Los Planetas, whose song "Un Buen da" had a reference to him in the lyrics.

Due to the Dutchman's unorthodox style, Mendieta claimed that Ruud Gullit was his football hero as a child.

Gaizka Mendieta outside football

What has he done outside of the green pitch? Well, this part of the top facts about Gaizka Mendieta is all about that.

Mendieta was a Nike-sponsored athlete who appeared in ads for the corporation.

He starred in a "Secret Tournament" commercial (branded "Scorpion KO") directed by Terry Gilliam in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, alongside footballers Luis Figo, Thierry Henry, Hidetoshi Nakata, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, and Francesco Totti, with former player

Eric Cantona

serving as the tournament "referee."

Mendieta also worked as a pundit for Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football in the United Kingdom.

When asked about writing a book about his career or leaving something behind for the future generation he replied “To be honest, I was recently asked about writing a memoir on my life.

However, it is difficult because I feel that when writing a book about your life, you must be as true to the truth as possible in order to portray the true tale, and I'm afraid it's a little difficult and challenging! Everyone, it is said, would desire to write a book at some point in their lives. I'd like to do it when I reach a certain age.”

Gaizka Mendieta music life

He visited a record store in Valencia and got friendly with the owner. Back in the 1990s, the proprietor would perform music on particular weekends. So the owner welcomed him one day, and he had a great time mixing tunes and seeing people's reactions.

There are many parallels between a footballer's life and that of a musician. Gaizka enjoyed following the songs and interacting with the fans at the stadiums as a footballer. Now, whenever he plays music, Valencia supporters arrive with their jerseys, reminding him of his time with the team. Music and football fans, he says, are both fantastic.

In 2014, he hosted an event in The Cavern that combined football and music with debates, drinks, and mingling. Then he just performed at an event in Murcia before heading to Ibiza. He enjoys combining music with football, and it is a good fit for him.

Gaizka Mendieta social media

Let us dig deep into his social media accounts and give you a precise insight of what Gaizka was posting about or what kind of function does his social media serve him as, in this part of top facts about Gaizka Mendieta.

For this part, we would mainly go through his Twitter and Instagram because these two platforms are the most popular amongst football fans and football players themselves.

Gaizka Mendieta Twitter

This player has been active on the mentioned platform by the name of @GaizkaMendieta6. He currently has over 70 thousand followers and is making his way up to 100k. He is one of the classic twitter users since he has been active on the platform since 2011.

With over 9 thousand tweets, he has been a fan favorite due to his kind personality and of course mad Djing skills. His personal page bio reads as: “Former Castellón, Valencia, Lazio, Barça & Boro. Football pundit. LaLiga Ambassador. Enjoy the occasional game...not ready to hang up my boots just yet!”

He mostly posts pictures of his current life events, like his presence at a euro 2020 stadium or at various programs but he occasionally takes his time to reminisce the previous times and post pictures of him in Valencia or Middlesbrough jersey.

We should also mention that he posted a video related to Christian Eriksen’s injury and that shocking incident and wished Eriksen good luck and well-being.

Gaizka Mendieta Instagram

Now for the Instagram part of the top facts about Gaizka Mendieta, he is active on Instagram by the name of gaizkamendieta6 and his name is accompanied with a blue mark with indicates that this is indeed his official page on the platform. He currently has over 140 thousand followers and over 1000 posts, most of which are about his television career.

The first thing that you would notice is the numerous highlights on his page labeled as “Pundit”, “lifestyle” and “LaLiga Ambassador”. His pictures have vivid colors in them, and it seems that he has an affection towards nature as most of his lifestyle pictures are the ones captured outside in green fields.

It also seems that he likes sunsets and that reddish sky as he has a whole highlighted section called “sunsets” on his page.

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