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Athletic Club

Athletic Club
Athletic Club players and supporters celebrate after the team reached their 35th Copa del Rey final in 2009 ©AFP

Athletic Club

Formed: 1898
Nickname: Los Leones (The Lions)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (1977)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 8 (1984)
• Spanish Cup: 23 (1984)

History
• The club can trace their roots back to an 1894 newspaper advert challenging immigrant workers to a game. The "visitors" were victorious, but it began a process that ended, four years later, with the creation of Athletic Club. A side made up of Athletic Club and Bilbao FC players, Club Bizcaya, claimed the Copa del Rey in 1902, beating FC Barcelona in the final. A year later, the teams made the merger permanent.

• Under a succession of English coaches, Athletic won the Spanish Cup four times (1903, 1904, 1910 and 1911), the latter triumph the first in red and white stripes, a replacement for blue and white. It was also the year that prolific forward Rafael Moreno 'Pichichi' (the man who gives his name to the Liga's top scorer title) emerged; by 1913 he was wowing bigger audiences at the newly-built San Mamés.

• The late 1920s and early 30s brought a golden age as a team bursting with home-grown talent won 16 titles in eight years, including the second and third editions of the Liga (1930, 1931). Further successes followed in 1934 and 1936, and though the Spanish Civil War halted the flow of silverware, a side spearheaded by Telmo Zarra – still Liga's all time leading goalscorer – brought home the 1943 championship.

• Quick to make an impression in the domestic game, Los Leones caught the eye on their continental debut, too, until they were defeated 6-5 on aggregate by Manchester United FC in the 1956 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals. By now domestic honours were down to a trickle of one Copa del Rey per decade, though that would have been forgotten had Athletic beaten Juventus in the 1977 UEFA Cup final rather than losing on away goals.

• Javier Clemente guided Athletic to their first Liga title in 27 years in 1983, following that up with a league and cup double 12 months later. It was a false dawn. One of only three top-flight ever-presents along with Barcelona and Real Madrid CF, Los Leones have not claimed major silverware since.

Club records
Most appearances: José Ángel Iribar (614)
Most goals: Telmo Zarra (333)
Record victory: Athletic Club 12-1 FC Barcelona (Liga, 8 February 1931); Athletic Club 12-1 RC Celta de Vigo (Copa del Rey, 1947)
Record defeat: FC Barcelona 7-0 Athletic Club (Liga, 3 February 2001)

*Last updated on 3 August 2010

Last updated: 03/08/10 18.12CET

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Matches

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 18/04/2014 10:56 CET
17 August 2013 - Spanish Liga
Valladolid1-2Athletic
Referee: not available – Valladolid
10/09/2013 19:53:59
23 August 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic2-0Osasuna
Referee: not available – San Sebastian
10/09/2013 19:57:30
1 September 2013 - Spanish Liga
Real Madrid3-1Athletic
Referee: not available – Madrid
10/06/2013 13:06:51
16 September 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic3-2Celta
Referee: not available – Bilbao
09/16/2013 23:07:18
23 September 2013 - Spanish Liga
Espanyol3-2Athletic
Referee: not available – Barcelona
09/24/2013 22:07:57
26 September 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic2-1Betis
Referee: not available – Bilbao
09/27/2013 19:23:11
30 September 2013 - Spanish Liga
Granada2-0Athletic
Referee: not available – Granada
10/01/2013 22:23:16
6 October 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic1-1Valencia
Referee: not available – Bilbao
10/07/2013 23:13:11
21 October 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic2-0Villarreal
Referee: not available – Bilbao
10/23/2013 11:15:34
28 October 2013 - Spanish Liga
Getafe0-1Athletic
Referee: not available – Madrid
10/29/2013 22:50:31
31 October 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic2-2Elche
Referee: not available – Bilbao
11/01/2013 19:16:04
3 November 2013 - Spanish Liga
Atlético2-0Athletic
Referee: not available – Madrid
11/04/2013 21:41:12
9 November 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic2-1Levante
Referee: not available – Bilbao
11/11/2013 12:14:59
25 November 2013 - Spanish Liga
Málaga1-2Athletic
Referee: not available – Malaga
11/27/2013 16:04:45
1 December 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic1-0Barcelona
Referee: not available – Bilbao
12/02/2013 20:59:00
7 December 2013 - Spanish Cup, Fourth round
Celta1-0Athletic
Referee: not available – Pontevedra
01/11/2014 10:14:57
15 December 2013 - Spanish Liga
Sevilla1-1Athletic
Referee: not available
12/17/2013 00:50:35
19 December 2013 - Spanish Cup, Fourth round
Athletic4-0Celta
Aggregate: 4-1
Referee: not available – Bilbao
01/11/2014 11:29:57
22 December 2013 - Spanish Liga
Athletic2-1Rayo Vallecano
Referee: not available – Bilbao
12/24/2013 09:04:12
5 January 2014 - Spanish Liga
Real Sociedad2-0Athletic
Referee: not available – San Sebastian
01/07/2014 02:40:54
8 January 2014 - Spanish Cup, Fifth round
Betis1-0Athletic
Referee: not available
01/10/2014 11:11:41
11 January 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic6-1Almería
Referee: not available – Bilbao
01/13/2014 09:24:12
15 January 2014 - Spanish Cup, Fifth round
Athletic2-0Betis
Aggregate: 2-1
Referee: not available – Bilbao
01/15/2014 22:26:03
20 January 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic4-2Valladolid
Referee: not available – Bilbao
01/22/2014 09:05:02
23 January 2014 - Spanish Cup, Quarter-finals
Atlético1-0Athletic
Referee: not available – Madrid
01/23/2014 21:56:27
26 January 2014 - Spanish Liga
Osasuna1-5Athletic
Referee: not available – Pamplona
01/28/2014 01:50:27
29 January 2014 - Spanish Cup, Quarter-finals
Athletic1-2Atlético
Aggregate: 1-3
Referee: not available – Bilbao
01/29/2014 22:52:02
2 February 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic1-1Real Madrid
Referee: not available – Bilbao
02/03/2014 17:50:42
10 February 2014 - Spanish Liga
Celta0-0Athletic
Referee: not available – Pontevedra
02/12/2014 11:10:00
16 February 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic1-2Espanyol
Referee: not available – Bilbao
02/17/2014 16:40:34
23 February 2014 - Spanish Liga
Betis0-2Athletic
Referee: not available
02/25/2014 13:32:26
28 February 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic4-0Granada
Referee: not available – Bilbao
03/03/2014 16:38:59
9 March 2014 - Spanish Liga
Valencia1-1Athletic
Referee: not available – Valencia
03/12/2014 19:51:44
17 March 2014 - Spanish Liga
Villarreal1-1Athletic
Referee: not available – Castellon
03/20/2014 09:06:51
22 March 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic1-0Getafe
Referee: not available – Bilbao
03/25/2014 20:36:33
25 March 2014 - Spanish Liga
Elche0-0Athletic
Referee: not available – Elche
03/26/2014 16:21:10
29 March 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic1-2Atlético
Referee: not available – Bilbao
03/30/2014 21:19:20
7 April 2014 - Spanish Liga
Levante1-2Athletic
Referee: not available – Valencia
04/08/2014 16:22:44
14 April 2014 - Spanish Liga
Athletic3-0Málaga
Referee: not available – Bilbao
04/15/2014 21:22:38
20 April 2014 - Spanish Liga
BarcelonaAthletic
Referee: TBD – Barcelona
04/18/2014 09:53:49
27 April 2014 - Spanish Liga
AthleticSevilla
Referee: TBD – Bilbao
04/11/2014 23:21:28
2 May 2014 - Spanish Liga
Rayo VallecanoAthletic
Referee: TBD – Madrid
04/11/2014 23:22:12
11 May 2014 - Spanish Liga
AthleticReal Sociedad
Referee: TBD – Bilbao
08/15/2013 10:24:13
18 May 2014 - Spanish Liga
AlmeríaAthletic
Referee: TBD – Almeria
08/15/2013 10:24:22

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    16/12/2004, Standard Liège 1-7 Athletic, Liege
  • Biggest defeat:
    26/10/1988, Juventus 5-1 Athletic, Turin
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  4
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  14
  • Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup:  1
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 41
    Andoni Iraola (  ESP)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 16
    Fernando Llorente (  ESP)
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