Markel Bergara Larranaga is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Sociedad in La Liga. His profile is that of a defensive midfielder. A Real Sociedad youth graduate, Bergara started his professional career on loan, having season-long spells in the second division, with SD Eibar and UD Vecindario; both ended in relegation. On 4 September 2007, he made his first-team debut for Real, appearing in a 0–1 away defeat against UD Las Palmas for the season's Spanish Cup. Bergara played in 19 games in 2009–10 as the Basque returned to La Liga after a three-year absence, as champions. He made his debut in the competition on 13 September 2010 in a 2–2 away draw against UD Almería and finished the campaign with exactly the same number of appearances as the club retained its division status, albeit in 491 more minutes of play.