Athletic Club, also commonly known as Athletic Bilbao, is a Spanish football club based in the city of Bilbao in the Basque Country. The club was formed 1898 and plays its home matches at the San Mames Stadium. The San Mames stadium has a capacity of 53,289. The current head coach is Gaizka Garitano and the president is Aitor Elizegi.
Athletic Bilbao: Honors
Bilbao have 8 La Liga titles, 23 Copa del Reys and 3 Super Cups. Bilbao have finished runners up in La Liga on 7 occasions most recently in 1998.
- La Liga (8): 1929–30, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1942–43, 1955–56, 1982–83, 1983–84
- Copa del Rey (23): 1903, 1904, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1921, 1923, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1943, 1944, 1944–45, 1949–50, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1969, 1972–73, 1983–84
- Supercopa de España: 1984, 2015
- Copa Eva Duarte: 1950
Athletic Bilbao: Records
Five-time La Liga and Copa del Rey winner in the same season.
First team to be permanently awarded the original Liga trophy.
Won La Liga unbeaten (1929–30 season, joint record).
The biggest La Liga win, Athletic Bilbao 12–1 Barcelona (1930–31 season).
Most goals scored in a league match (includes both sides), 14 with Athletic Bilbao 9–5 Racing Santander (1932–33 season).
Record for most goals scored in a league match as visitors, Osasuna 1–8 Athletic Bilbao (1958–59 season, joint record).
Record for a draw with the most goals in a league match, Atlético 6–6 Athletic Bilbao (1949–50 season).
All-time La Liga top goalscorers (as a fraction) in a season (home); with 5.44 goals per match (1930–31 season).
All-time La Liga goalscorer (as a fraction) in a season (away); with 3.11 goals per match (1931–32 season).
All-time La Liga goalscorer (as a fraction) in a season; with 4.06 goals per match (1930–31 season).
Biggest away victories (in percentages) in a season with 8 out of 9, 89% (1932–33 season).
Biggest number of away points (percentage) in a season with 16 out of 18, 89% (1932–33 season).
Of the current Primera División teams, heaviest defeats inflicted at home ground against Barcelona, Real Betis, Espanyol and Celta Vigo (also Sporting Gijón, Zaragoza, Tenerife, Salamanca, Mérida and Lleida).
Leading goalscorer in a single league match, Bata: seven goals (Athletic Bilbao 12–1 Barcelona, 1930–31 season, joint record).
Leading goalscorer in the league the most times: Telmo Zarra, six Pichichi trophies (joint record).
Player with most appearances in La Liga: Zubizarreta, 622 (the first 169 matches with Athletic Bilbao).
Team with greatest number of Copa del Rey final appearances (disputed): 35.
Four permanently awarded league trophies (joint record).
Most goals scored in a Copa del Rey competition: 12 against Celta de Vigo.
Player with most Copa del Rey final wins: Agustín Gaínza, 7.
Players with most Copa del Rey finals (disputed): Agustín Gaínza and Jose Mari Belauste, both have 9 confirmed wins.
All-time leading goalscorer in the history of the Copa del Rey: Telmo Zarra, 81 goals.
Leading goalscorer in a Copa del Rey match: Agustín Gaínza, eight goals (Athletic Bilbao 12–1 Celta Vigo, 1946–47 season).
Player with most Copa del Rey matches: Agustín Gaínza, 99.
Aymeric Laporte is arguably one of the best centre backs in the Premier League. The Frenchman played for Bilbao between 2010 and 2018, for the youth team and the first team. Laporte signed for Manchester City in January 2018 for a fee of £57m, since then Laporte has won 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup and 2 EFL Cups.
Athletic Bilbao: Present Team
Athletic Bilbao: Recent Times
Bilbao spent most of the last decade inside the top 10 in La Liga, with the lowest finish being 16th in 2017/2018. Bilbao won the Supercopa de Espana in 2015 the only trophy of the decade. Bilbao’s new stadium opened in 2013 upgrading for a 40,000 capacity to 53,000.
The 2018/2019 season saw Bilbao finish 8th in La Liga and reach the Copa del Rey round of 16. The total spending of transfers was 22 million Euros and the total income from transfers was 71.6 million Euros, with all of that coming from Kepa Arrizabalaga’s sale to Chelsea.
With over 27 games into the season, Bilbao are having an average season, sitting 10th place with 37 points. However reaching the Copa del Rey final has to be a highlight for the fans. Bilbao haven’t spent anything on transfers and haven’t accumulated anything from outgoings.
Athletic Bilbao: Playing Style
Let’s have a look at some numbers. Bilbao have an average 3.7 shots on target per game and have 298 accurate passes per game, thus ranking 10th for both of these stats. Here at Spanish Football Bets we would argue that Bilbao have a lack of creativity and push, with just 28 big chances created in 27 games. Having said that, we noticen that Bilbao tend to have just a little less of the ball, with an average of 49% possession over the season. However to highlight some positives, Bilbao do have 10 clean sheets this season ranking them 4th in the competition and the 3rd least goals conceded with an average of just 0.9 per game. So you can be sure to get the best odds on Bilbao here.
The 30 year old left back, Yuri Berchiche is the most consistent performer for Bilbao this season with an average match rating of 7.13. Berchiche has 2 goals and 1 assists this season, playing a key part in Bilbao’s defensive success.
Creative midfielder, Raul Garcia has been in fine form for Bilbao this season. Garcia has played 25 games and has 9 goals and 1 assist. However Garcia is coming to the end of his playing career being 33 years of age.
The final key player we are going to mention is Inigo Martinez. The centre half has been key for Bilbao this season, keeping 10 clean sheets. Martinez has an average match rating of 6.96 and has a market value of £27m.
Official club name: Athletic Club Bilbao
Address: Alameda de Mazarredo 23
48009 Bilbao-Bilbo (Bizkaia) (Residents: 346.843). Spain
Tel: +34 (94) 4240877
Fax: +34 (94) 4233324
Founded: Nov 30, 1897
Members: 44.560 (Score: Feb 19, 2015)
Name of stadium: San Mamés
Total capacity: 53.289
Seats: 53.289. Built: 2013
Construction costs: €211.00m
UEFA stadium category: 5*
Under-soil heating: Yes
Running track: No
Surface: Natural grass
Pitch size: 105m x 68m