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Athletic Club de Bilbao – Victories in the Copa del Rey

Athletic Club de Bilbao will meet Futbol Club Barcelona in the Final of the Copa del Rey on 30 May 2015. It is a meeting between the two most successful sides in the competition, with Barça racking up 26 victories, whilst Athletic have won the competition on 23 occasions. To celebrate this and get you up to speed with Athletic’s previous triumphs, More...

by Chris Clements | Published 2 years ago

By Chris Clements On Friday, May 24th, 2013

This is not a Requiem – Goodbye to San Mamés

Sunday 26 May 2013 is a date that fills the fans of Athletic Club de Bilbao with dread. For that day will bring with it an end to nearly 100 years of official matches at their beloved San Mamés, Spain’s most More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Bilbao – San Mamés (2013)

Time finally caught up with the old San Mamés. That cauldron of Basque pride was one of the greatest and most atmospheric stadiums the world game has seen. However, its idiosyncratic design belonged to another More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, June 15th, 2012

España 82 – Bilbao – San Mamés

It might seem unthinkable now, but for a time there was a doubt about whether the 1982 World Cup could be hosted in the Basque Country. ETA, the Basque Separatist Organisation was at its most deadly in the late More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Bilbao – Ciudad Deportiva de Lezama

Just over forty five years ago, Athletic Club de Bilbao moved their training facilities away from the then grey and industrialised environs of Bilbao, to the lush, green pastures of Lezama, a small village some More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Bilbao – San Mamés (1913)

Is there a club more inextricably linked to its region than FC Barcelona? Well, the answer is an emphatic yes. Travel to Vizcaya and you will see that potent symbol of Basque pride, Athletic Club de Bilbao doubling More...