- Nicknames: Athletic Bilbao, Los Leones (see La Catedral below)
- Established: 1898
- Located: Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
- Ownership:One of four clubs in La Liga to be owned by socios (all 35,321 of them).
- La Liga: Has played all 79 seasons of the league, never being relegated.
- UEFA Champion's League: 4 seasons.
- UEFA Europa League: 17 seasons.
- Colours: Red and white.
- Lyrics: Juan Anton Zubikarai, Composers: Feliciano Beobide, Carmelo Bernaola
- Spanish translation (Euskera on screen):
Athletic, Athletic, eup!
Athletic rojo y blanco
para todos eres muy nuestro
porque naciste del pueblo
te ama el pueblo.
en verde campo
ejemplo de Euskalerria
el exultante irrintzi (grito)
eres el mejor,
fuerza del espiritu
El tronco del viejo Roble
ha hecho germinar hoja nueva
Adelante juventud nuestra!
Bilbao y toda Bizkaia
sean enaltecidos en todo el mundo.
Arriba siempre Euskalerria!
Athletic rojo y blanco,
Arriba jóvenes de Bilbao y Bizkaia!
Nobles vascos, adelante!
Estadio San Mamés
- AKA La Catedral - The stadium is built near a church called San Mamés and was named consqquently for it. Saint Mammes was an 3rd century Christian thrown to lions who refused to eat him by the Romans, which gives the team the nickname of Los Leones.
- Built: 1913
- Capacity: 39, 750
Estadio San Mamés Barria
- Built: Began in 2010, opening in 2013, completion in 2014
- Capacity: 54,000
- Founded in 1898 by a group of English-educated Basque students at Gymnasium Zamacois, making it the oldest club currently playing in Liga BBVA (according to the club’s official records, though some football historians disagree).
- The club established official rules in 1901 at Cafe Garcia and in 1902 the club created a new team with Bilbao Football Club, a team formed by a group of British migrant workers. This joined squad, known as Club Vizcaya, beat FC Barcelona to win the first ever Copa del Rey.
- The two clubs officially merged in 1903 and adopted the name Athletic Club de Bilbao.
- FUN FACT: Soon After the merger, a second group of British-educated Basque students formed Athletic Club de Madrid, the base of Atlético Madrid. Now who knew that one?
- The club changed its name to Atlético Bilbao in 1941 after Franco outlawed the use of non-Spanish names.
- 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, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1969, 1973, 1984.
- Supercopa de España: 1 - 1985
- Basque Cup: 1 - 1935
- Northern Championship / Biscay Championship: 17 - 1914, 1915, 1916, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1940.
- Superliga Femenina (Spain's women's league): 4 - 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07
- Unbeaten: 1929-1930
- Biggest win in La Liga: Bilbao 12 - 1 FC Barcelona, 1931. Also Barcelona's worst ever defeat.
- Biggest win in the Copa del Rey: Bilbao 12 - 1 Celta de Vigo, 1947.
- Biggest win against Real in the Santiago Bernabéu: Bilbao 6 - 0 Real.
- Most goals in a La Liga match: Atlétic Madrid 6 -6 Bilbao, 1950.
- The Grandfather Rule: Only players born in the Basque provinces, or to parents/grandparents born in the Basque provinces, are eligible to play for the club.
- In recent years, the club has also signed youth and senior players not born in the Basque provinces, but were trained in academies of Basque clubs (such as Real Sociedad or Real Unión).
- Both the Grandfather rule and newer policy do not mean players are necessarily of Basque descent as the orignal teams were. Javi Martínez, for example, was born in Navarre, but is not of Basque descent. No one cares though, because he and the others are fantastic.
- Telmo Zarraonandia Montoya: AKA Zarra. Played 1940-1955.
He holds records for: Most goals in a season of La Liga (38 in 30 matches), Most goals in La Liga in a career (252), Most goals in a single La Liga match (8), Most goals in the Copa del Rey in a career (81), and the record for being La Liga's top scorer 6 times. Also scored 20 goals in 20 matches for Spain between 1945 and 1951.
- Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta. Played 1981-1986.
Currently FC Barcelona's sporting director. Formerly the number one goal keeper of the Spanish national team.
- José Luis Panizo. Played in the 1940s-1950s
Played in 325 La Liga matches and scored 136 goals. Went to the World Cup in 1950.
- José Ángel Iribar Cortajarena. AKA El Chopo (the poplar). Played 1962-1980.
Appeared 466 times for Bilbao and 49 times for Spain (between 1964 and 1976). Managed Bilbao Athletic in 1983-1984, Bilbao in 1986-1987, and is currently the manager of the Basque national team, having taken over in 1988 (let it be noted that the team is not recognized by FIFA and hasn't played a match since 2007 because no one can get their crap together).
- Joseba Andoni Etxeberria Lizardi. Played 1995-2010 (He retired at the end of last season, and the match held between the Bilbao first team and 100 children was in his honour).
87 goals in 445 appearances (as a forward), and 12 goals in 53 appearances for Spain (between 1997 and 2004). When he moved from Sociedad to Bilbao in 1995, his fee of €3 million was the highest ever paid for a Spanish youth player. The record was broken by former (:'() teammate Javi Martínez.
- 1 - GK - Gorka Iraizoz
- 2 - FW - Gaizka Toquero
- 3 - D - Koikili Lertxundi
- 4 - D - Ustaritz Aldekoaotalora
- 5 - D - Fernando Amorebieta
- 6 - D - Mikel San José
- 7 - M - David López
- 8 - M - Ander Iturraspe
- 9 - F - Fernando Llorente
- 10 - F - Óscar de Marcos
- 11 - F - Igor Gabilondo
- 13 - GK - Raúl Fernández
- 14 - M - Markel Susaeta
- 15 - D - Andoni Iraola
- 16 - M - Pablo Orbaiz
- 17 - M - Iñigo Pérez
- 18 - M - Carlos Gurpegi
- 19 - D - Mikel Balenziaga
- 20 - D - Aitor Ocio
- 21 - F - Ion Vélez
- 22 - D - Xabier Castillo
- 23 - F - Díaz de Cerio
- 24 - M - Javi Martínez
- 26 - M - Igor Martínez
- 27 - F - Iker Muniain
- 28 - F - Ibai
- 29 - D - Jon Aurtenetxe
- 30 - GK - Aitor Fernández
- 31 - D - Jonás Ramalho
Bilbao Athletic is the club's reserve team, which plays in Segunda División B.
They also have an awesome (and seriously underloved) LJ community - athletic_club
Sources: My head, Wiki, lol, Google, Official site.