Category Archives: Analysis

Loan Watch: Andoni López Has Hit The Ground Running With Almeria

Over the last two years Andoni López has arguably been the most consistent and reliable player at Bilbao Athletic. The left-back has constantly played at a high level and proved that he was ready to face stronger competition. He had offers to join Numancia on loan during the winter transfer window, but the decision was made for him to stay

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New-Look CD Basconia Still Trying To Find Their Rhythm After A Poor Start To The Season

Since becoming Athletic’s feeder club in 1997 CD Basconia have never been relegated from the Tercera. They have had great years and terrible years, but the team has done a fine job of preparing Lezama players for the jump up to Bilbao Athletic which is the most important thing. Over the past four seasons Basconia have flirted with relegation with a 10th

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Making Sense Of Cristian Ganea’s Place In The Athletic Club Squad

After just three games this year Eduardo Berizzo is already taking advantage of the squad depth that he praised during the preseason. The manager said on multiple occasions that everyone needed to be ready to contribute for the team and he has already used 20 different players so far. Only six players have yet to feature this season and one

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Asier Villalibre Making The Most Of His Opportunities Since Returning To Bilbao Athletic

It may be difficult to believe, but Asier Villalibre is still only 20 years old. The striker made his first team debut back in late 2016 and many expected him to become a regular face in the senior squad. However, things did not go his way. After loan spells with Numancia, Real Valladolid, and Lorca the Lezama product found it

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Sabin Merino Has The Chance To Save His Athletic Club Career With Loan Move To Leganés

Back in the summer of 2015 Sabin Merino realized his childhood dream of playing for Athletic Club when then-manager Ernesto Valverde promoted him to the first team. The forward would go on to help the team win the Spanish Super Cup and scored seven goals which led many to believe that he could potentially be the successor to Aritz Aduriz.

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Unai Simón Is Taking Advantage Of His Opportunity With The First Team

The past few months have been the most hectic time of Unai Simón’s young career. He signed a contract extension with Athletic Club, left to join Elche on loan, was recalled by the Lions, and had been the first team starting goalkeeper through the first two games of the season. It’s been more than enough to make anyone’s head spin

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Questions Raised Over Athletic Club’s Treatment Of Alex Remiro

Athletic Club are not playing games with Alex Remiro. Ibaigane learned their lesson with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s soap opera renewal process last year and they have determined that they won’t go through the same thing with Remiro. With the 23-year-old at odds over a new deal the decision has been made that he won’t participate in matches until he has put

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