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No club is more beloved than Athletic Bilbao in Basque Country. Athletic Bilbao has been one of the most successful clubs in Spanish football, and they have done it with homegrown talent. This team has been able to identify and develop players at a young age better than almost any club in the world, which is a necessity given the team’s policy of only using players that have Basque heritage. That has hamstrung them at times, but it has also made them extremely popular with local supporters.

It’s hard to argue too much with the policy given its results. Athletic Bilbao is one of three clubs to have never been relegated from La Liga, with the other two being giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. They have also won eight La Liga titles and were the best team in Spain throughout the 1930s. Their last league championship came in 1984, but they have continued to finish in the top half of the table and have qualified for European play numerous times over the last decade.

Only won team has won more Copa del Rey titles than Athletic Bilbao. The club has won that competition 23 times, but it’s last win came in 1984 as well. They have finished runners-up three times in the last decade though, so it’s not like they haven’t been close.

2018-19 Athletic Bilbao Betting Schedule

19/08/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Leganes
26/08/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v SD Huesca
02/09/2018 17:30 Rayo Vallecano v Athletic Bilbao
16/09/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid
23/09/2018 17:30 Real Betis v Athletic Bilbao
26/09/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Villarreal
30/09/2018 17:30 Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao
07/10/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad
21/10/2018 17:30 Eibar v Athletic Bilbao
28/10/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Valencia
04/11/2018 17:30 Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao
11/11/2018 17:30 Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
25/11/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Getafe
02/12/2018 17:30 Levante v Athletic Bilbao
09/12/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Girona
16/12/2018 17:30 Alaves v Athletic Bilbao
22/12/2018 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Real Valladolid
06/01/2019 17:30 Celta Vigo v Athletic Bilbao
13/01/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla
20/01/2019 17:30 Villarreal v Athletic Bilbao
27/01/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis
03/02/2019 17:30 Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao
10/02/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona
17/02/2019 17:30 SD Huesca v Athletic Bilbao
24/02/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Eibar
03/03/2019 17:30 Valencia v Athletic Bilbao
10/03/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol
17/03/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid
31/03/2019 17:30 Girona v Athletic Bilbao
03/04/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Levante
07/04/2019 17:30 Getafe v Athletic Bilbao
14/04/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Rayo Vallecano
24/04/2019 17:30 Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
28/04/2019 17:30 Leganes v Athletic Bilbao
05/05/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Alaves
12/05/2019 17:30 Real Valladolid v Athletic Bilbao
19/05/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo
26/05/2019 17:30 Sevilla v Athletic Bilbao

After qualifying for European play for four straight seasons, Athletic Bilbao took a major step back last year. Ernesto Valverde retired at the end of the 2016-17 season and left Jose Angel Ziganda in charge of the team. The club was unable to find its form under Ziganda though, and he was dismissed following their worst performance in over a decade. Former Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo will be the team’s manager for this campaign.

Because of the club’s policy of only playing Basque players, their options in the transfer window are limited. However, they did make something of a splash by dishing out a large sum of money to acquire left back Yuri Berchiche from Paris Saint Germain.

This team should be dangerous on set pieces due to the ability of Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia to punish opponents with their heads. However, both players are getting a bit long in the tooth and may not have the same success they have had in previous years.

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Past Athletic Bilbao La Liga Results

1990-1991 La Liga 15-6-17 12th
1991-1992 La Liga 13-7-18 14th
1992-1993 La Liga 17-6-15 8th
1993-1994 La Liga 16-11-11 5th
1994-1995 La Liga 16-10-12 8th
1995-1996 La Liga 11-15-16 15th
1996-1997 La Liga 16-16-10 6th
1997-1998 La Liga 17-14-7 2nd
1998-1999 La Liga 17-9-12 8th
1999-2000 La Liga 12-14-12 11th
2000-2001 La Liga 11-10-17 12th
2001-2002 La Liga 14-11-13 9th
2002-2003 La Liga 15-10-13 7th
2003-2004 La Liga 15-11-12 5th
2004-2005 La Liga 14-9-15 9th
2005-2006 La Liga 11-12-15 12th
2006-2007 La Liga 10-10-18 17th
2007-2008 La Liga 13-11-14 11th
2008-2009 La Liga 12-8-18 13th
2009-2010 La Liga 15-9-14 8th
2010-2011 La Liga 18-4-16 6th
2011-2012 La Liga 12-13-13 10th
2012-2013 La Liga 12-9-17 12th
2013-2014 La Liga 20-10-8 4th
2014-2015 La Liga 15-10-13 7th
2015-2016 La Liga 18-8-12 5th
2016-2017 La Liga 19-6-13 7th
2017-2018 La Liga 10-13-15 16th
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2018-2019 Spanish La Liga Teams

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