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Category: Athletic Bilbao

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Zidane demands ‘respect’ after VAR helps Real Madrid edge closer to title

Sergio Ramos was the hero from the penalty spot again as Real Madrid won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, a seventh consecutive victory that tightened their grip on the La Liga title.Zinedine Zidane’s side temporarily moved seven points clear of secon…

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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A night at Eibar, where the best seats are, well, in the house | Sid Lowe

On Indalecio Ojanguren street are two blocks of flats that tower over Ipurua, meaning fans still got to watch the actionA small boy was waiting for the two buses carrying Athletic Club’s players as they turned the corner and edged up the hill towards I…

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A night at Eibar, where the best seats are, well, in the house | Sid Lowe

On Indalecio Ojanguren street are two blocks of flats that tower over Ipurua, meaning fans still got to watch the actionA small boy was waiting for the two buses carrying Athletic Club’s players as they turned the corner and edged up the hill towards I…

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Diego Costa dedicates goal to Atlético’s Virginia Torrecilla after brain tumour

Atlético Madrid draw 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao on return to actionWomen’s team midfielder recovering from surgery last monthDiego Costa scored on Atlético Madrid’s return to action, at Athletic Bilbao, and dedicated his goal to his club’s midfielder Virgi…

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‘An exceptional case’ – Aritz Aduriz, the striker who got better and better

The 39-year-old, robbed by the crisis and injury of a cup final farewell, had a long road to becoming an Athletic Bilbao legendEven the man who turned back time eventually ran out of it, denied the perfect farewell by a hip that needs replacing and a v…

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Aritz Aduriz announces retirement and says he will have to get prosthetic hip

‘The time has come … football will leave you before you leave it’Striker was due to play Copa del Rey final with Athletic BilbaoThe Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement. The 39-year-old needs a hip replacement and the coron…

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The Copa del Rey has been revamped and revitalised this season

Spain’s cup competition has become less bloated and less predictable this season. Other countries should take noteBy Mark Sochon for These Football TimesThe widely accepted narrative seems to be that domestic cup competitions are in the doldrums. Many …

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The Copa del Rey has been revamped and revitalised this season

Spain’s cup competition has become less bloated and less predictable this season. Other countries should take noteBy Mark Sochon for These Football TimesThe widely accepted narrative seems to be that domestic cup competitions are in the doldrums. Many …

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Barcelona crisis grows as Athletic Bilbao knock them out of Copa del Rey

• Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona• Iñaki Williams’ late goal knocks out Barça after calamitous weekAthletic Bilbao poured fuel on Barcelona’s fire. A late, late goal exposed them once more, eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the week in which their capt…

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‘A sad day’: Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao marred by alleged racist chants

After Saturday’s incident involving Iñaki Williams, there is still a lingering sense that racism is not being taken seriously enoughIñaki Williams had just begun the long walk to the bench when he heard something. There were 20 minutes left and Athleti…

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Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao: La Liga – live!

Updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offSaturday roundup: Barcelone ease past AlavésHow they stand: the latest La Liga tableYou can get in touch with Luke by email or on twitter 7.17pm GMT Good evening, and welcome to our coverage of the final La Liga fixture…

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Proud Athletic Bilbao are on a journey to find ways to win beyond ball games | Sid Lowe

The Basque club’s book-publishing and literature and film festivals are a model for how smaller clubs can express their identities in an era of super-club domination“They push me against the wall, hands on my head. They frisk me, recriminating me in a …

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Sport as song and song as sport: a night at the Basque derby | Sid Lowe

Poets and panache were on show in Bilbao as Athletic maintained their strong start, against Real SociedadIf the world is a footballand players nomadswhat ties us to this dream, to this history?They were, we are, a long thread of feelingfrom those muddy…

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Aduriz gets standing ovation after stunning volley against Barcelona – video

The 38-year-old  striker Aritz Aduriz received a standing ovation from his teammates in the dressing room after scoring a last-minute wonder goal to hand Athletic Bilbao victory over champions Barcelona on the opening day of the La Liga season.Lac…

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Aritz Aduriz’s late acrobatics for Athletic Bilbao stun Barcelona

Aritz Aduriz consigned Barcelona to a 1-0 opening-night defeat at Athletic Bilbao with a spectacular overhead kick that belied his 38 years.The veteran forward, who will retire at the end of the season, had been on the pitch for only a minute when he m…

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Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona: La Liga opener – live!

Minute-by-minute updates as the champions get underwaySid Lowe: Big clubs’ different outlooks after summer spendingAny thoughts? You can email Rob 8.14pm BST 10 min: The hosts are pressing with some verve and this time it is De Jong who loses the ball…

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Athletic Bilbao’s Gaizka Garitano: ‘When I got married I bought a flat next to the training ground’ | Will Unwin

The head coach is proud of Athletic Bilbao’s Basque-only policy and the club’s English links dating back 121 yearsGaizka Garitano passionately explains why Athletic Bilbao is the antidote to modern football: “It is different when you play not just for …

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Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are …