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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: 22/10/2017 02:00 CET
Dinamo BucureştiDinamo Bucureşti1-1AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic3-0Dinamo BucureştiDinamo Bucureşti
PanathinaikosPanathinaikos2-3AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic0-0GetafeGetafe
AthleticAthletic1-0PanathinaikosPanathinaikos
EibarEibar0-1AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic2-0GironaGirona
HerthaHertha0-0AthleticAthletic
Las PalmasLas Palmas1-0AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic1-2AtléticoAtlético
MálagaMálaga3-3AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic0-1ZoryaZorya
ValenciaValencia3-2AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic1-0SevillaSevilla
ÖstersundÖstersund2-2AthleticAthletic
LeganésLeganés18:30AthleticAthletic
FormenteraFormentera19:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic20:45BarcelonaBarcelona
AthleticAthletic21:05ÖstersundÖstersund
CeltaCelta16:15AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00VillarrealVillarreal
AthleticAthletic19:00HerthaHertha
DeportivoDeportivo17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic20:00FormenteraFormentera
AthleticAthletic17:00Real MadridReal Madrid
ZoryaZorya21:05AthleticAthletic
LevanteLevante17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00Real SociedadReal Sociedad
BetisBetis17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00AlavésAlavés
EspanyolEspanyol17:00AthleticAthletic
GetafeGetafe17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00EibarEibar
GironaGirona17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00Las PalmasLas Palmas
AtléticoAtlético17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00MálagaMálaga
AthleticAthletic17:00ValenciaValencia
SevillaSevilla17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00LeganésLeganés
BarcelonaBarcelona17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00CeltaCelta
VillarrealVillarreal17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00DeportivoDeportivo
Real MadridReal Madrid17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00LevanteLevante
Real SociedadReal Sociedad17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00BetisBetis
AlavésAlavés17:00AthleticAthletic
AthleticAthletic17:00EspanyolEspanyol

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:  5
  • 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)