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Category: Athletic Bilbao

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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 …

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Choupo-Moting’s shocking miss means PSG fail to wrap up Ligue 1 title

• Former Stoke striker guilty of terrible miss against Strasbourg• Juventus need one point to win Serie A after Napoli drawThe former Stoke City forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was guilty of an extraordinary miss as PSG botched the chance to wrap up t…

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‘Vooooooosh’: Iñaki Williams and a run like nobody has run before | Sid Lowe

The Athletic Bilbao forward is not a prolific scorer but, against Sevilla, his incredible sprint and finish astonished San Mamés When the ball came to Iñaki Williams and he spun, turning it sharply around Sergi Gómez and into the centre circle, a singl…

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Aritz Aduriz offers a one-step solution to Athletic Bilbao’s season of gloom

Striker stuns San Mamés with remarkable penalty but a late collapse means the unthinkable looms for La Liga stalwartsIt was just a penalty, some might say, but it wasn’t. It was two, for a start. And two like that in a moment like this.Your club – and …

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How does Athletic Bilbao’s academy manage to produce 85% of their team?

Athletic Bilbao are almost entirely reliant on their academy for players yet they have never been relegated from La LigaBy Alex Clapham for Caño Football of the Sport NetworkThe sleepy town of Lezama sits 10km outside of Bilbao and is home to just 2,40…

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European roundup: Barcelona saved from loss to Bilbao by El Haddadi

• Substitute Munir El Haddadi secures 1-1 draw at Camp Nou• Borussia Dortmund go top in Germany with comeback winThe substitute Munir El Haddadi saved Barcelona’s blushes with a late equaliser against Athletic Bilbao as the reigning champions narrowly …

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Spain looks north as Sociedad and Athletic take giants to the wire

Two historic, special clubs battled Madrid and Barça at grounds that embrace traditions rather than turn their backs on itIt’s exactly 100km from Anoeta to San Mamés as the car drives, passing Ipurúa halfway, sitting pretty in the Ego valley. Visible f…

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Spain looks north as Sociedad and Athletic take giants to the wire

Two historic, special clubs battled Madrid and Barça at grounds that embrace traditions rather than turn their backs on itIt’s exactly 100km from Anoeta to San Mamés as the car drives, passing Ipurúa halfway, sitting pretty in the Ego valley. Visible f…

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Juventus win but no goal for Cristiano Ronaldo while Real Madrid hit four

• Karim Benzema scores twice as Real beat Leganés• Juventus maintain 100% start with 2-1 win over ParmaKarim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid maintained their perfect start to the La Liga season with a 4-1 victory over Leganés at the Bernabéu. After…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga praises Chelsea for their ‘great bet in taking me’

• Young goalkeeper unconcerned by £71.6m world-record fee • ‘I will do everything I can to repay the trust they have put in me’Kepa Arrizabalaga has said he does not feel any pressure after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he believe…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga praises Chelsea for their ‘great bet in taking me’

• Young goalkeeper unconcerned by £71.6m world-record fee • ‘I will do everything I can to repay the trust they have put in me’Kepa Arrizabalaga has said he does not feel any pressure after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he believe…

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Kepa set to take flight as one of the world’s best young goalkeepers

The one-time Spain international with a passion for birdsong quickly moved past early uncertainty about his own talent to attract world-record interest from Chelsea“They’re going to throw me out, I think they’re going to throw me out,” said Kepa Arriza…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga set for medical after Chelsea pay £71m buyout clause

• Money deposited at 9.22am local time on Wednesday• Kepa fee is a world record for a goalkeeperKepa Arrizabalaga is expected in London on Wednesday afternoon to have a medical with Chelsea that will seal his world record transfer from Athletic Bilbao …

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Chelsea to pay £71.6m for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

• World record for keeper eclipses Liverpool’s £67m for Alisson • Chelsea also secure Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real MadridChelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Thiba…

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Ever wondered why La Liga’s top goalscorer wins ‘the Pichichi’?

Pichichi was more than a great goalscorer who died before his time. He was a law student, an Athletic Bilbao legend, an Olympian, a referee and a man who ‘lived life on the edge’By Dan Parry for These Football TimesIn most leagues the name of the troph…