Where is Gaizka Mendieta now?
A classy box-to-box midfielder, Gaizka Mendieta retired from playing at the end of the 2007/8 season after spending four seasons in the Premier League with Middlesbrough.
Unlucky to be a UEFA Champions League runner-up on two occasions with Valencia, Mendieta was considered as one of the best midfielders in the world in the late 1990’s and was twice named as European Midfielder of the Season.
Although Mendieta’s playing career at Middlesbrough was interrupted by a string of injuries he was part of the team that won the League Cup in 2004 which was the club’s first ever silverware.
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Upon retiring from playing, Mendieta surprisingly stayed on in the Middlesbrough area with his English wife Helen.
He currently works as a pundit for a number of football channels including Sky Sport’s Spanish La Liga coverage.
He is also in the process of attaining his UEFA coaching badges as well as indulging in his passion for music as a DJ.
In July 2017 Mendieta represented Spain in Star Sixes, a six-a-side indoor international tournament at the O2 in London featuring some of the world’s most iconic footballers.
Playing within a team of Spanish legends such as Carlos Puyol, Fernando Morientes and Michel Salgado, they finished the tournament in third place after a play off against Brazil.
Mendieta also works as one of La Liga’s football ambassadors who work with other former La Liga players to boost the image of the league to the world.
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Gaizka Mendieta: Premier League Statistics
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Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com