NICKNAME – Los Leones/Lehoiak (The Lions), Los Rojiblancos/Zuri-gorriak (The Red and Whites)
FOUNDED – 1898
LOCATED IN – Bilbao, Basque Country
STADIUM – San Mames
CAPACITY – 53,289
PROMOTED – Ever Present
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (8 times)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (23 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – QF (1957)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Runners Up (Twice)
BEST CWC FINISH – R16 (1973/1974)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Telmo Zarra (335)
2019/2020 FINISH – 11th
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT ATHLETIC BILBAO
1. Football was brought to Bilbao in the 19th century by a mixture of migrants from England and students returning from English universities. In the early pre-WWII years, they were coached by a succession of English managers.
2. As far as the playing staff is concerned, Athletic only field players from the Greater Basque Country, which extends into modern day France.
3. The San Mames stadium is named after St Mammes, who was thrown to the lions by the Romans, but survived. St Mammes is also the reason they are known as “The Lions”.
4. They are the only side apart from Real Madrid and Barcelona to have never been relegated from the top flight since its inception.
5. They won the first ever Copa Del Rey in 1903.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT BILBAO
1. The city rose to prominence as a port exporting iron mined in the Biscayan region.
2. Its Aste Nagusia festival attracts over a million people each year and has been voted Spain’s most important.
3. The amount of Basque speakers in Bilbao is on the increase, with 30% able to both speak and understand it and an additional 20% able to understand.
4. Residents come from 127 different countries, with the largest groups from Colombia and Bolivia.
5. Its Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is one of the most admired modern works of architecture.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal