History of Athletic Bilbao
Established in 1898, this Spanish club started as two separate groups of British workers and Basque students. However in 1902 the two teams joined together and became known as Bizcaya temporarily before fully merging a year later and adopting the name Athletic Club.
At the beginning, the team played in an improvised white and blue kit which was donated. In 1909 a student who was returning to the UK was tasked to purchase 25 new blue and white jerseys for the team. However, he could not source enough to fulfil the requirements. Not wanting to return empty handed, he purchased 50 red and white shirts from Southampton, who played in the same colours as the City of Bilbao. This then took over as the Athletic Bilbao home jersey design.
Situated west of Bilbao centre, is the club’s home ground – San Mames, which seats over 53K spectators. As well as this, 15KM approx. North East of here is Lezama Facilities which is the training grounds.
Over their 119 years playing football in Spain, this team has gathered a significant amount of winners’ trophies. Their most successful league is the Copa del Rey where they achieved 23 awards. Below is a breakdown of the amount of achievements Athletic Bilbao has gained in order from most to least.
• Copa del Rey Winners – 23 trophies
• La Liga Winners – 8 trophies
• Supercopa de España – 1984, 2015
• Copa Eva Duarte - 1950
New Balance Manufactures the Athletic Bilbao Kit
In 2017, Athletic Bilbao signed a 6 year contract with New Balance which is expected to expire in 2023. This contract covers the clubs sportswear ranges such as the Athletic Bilbao home shirts, shorts and socks etc. Rumoured to cost more than the 2.5M a season that Nike was paying, this partnership is the team’s seventh manufacturer change.
Prior to their latest agreement with New Balance, Athletic Bilbao has partnered with a range of sportswear brands over the years. Their longest single contract was with Kappa whereby they worked together for 9 years. However, 10 years were spent with Adidas which were across two contracts, separated by Kappa. Below is an in depth look at the historic manufacturers.
• 1982 to 1990 – Adidas
• 1990 to 1999 – Kappa
• 1999 to 2001 – Adidas
• 2001 to 2009 – 100% Athletic
• 2009 to 2013 - Umbro
• 2013 to 2017 – Nike
• 2017 to 2023 – New Balance
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