Athletic Bilbao

  • Manchester United sign midfielder Ander Herrera from Bilbao June 26, 2014

    Manchester: Manchester United have signed midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, the first summer recruit since Louis van Gaal took charge of the struggling club. The 24-year-old Herrera will join on a four-year contract after he receives an international transfer certificate. United says it triggered a buyout clause in Herrera's contract. Herrera...
  • Athletic Bilbao reject Manchester United's bid for Herrera June 26, 2014

    Athletic Bilbao have rejected a bid from Manchester United for midfielder Ander Herrera, the La Liga club said on Thursday. "The Athletic Club wishes to report that this week it rejected an offer from Manchester United FC, estimated at 36 million euros ($49.01 million), to transfer the federation and economic rights...
  • Athletic Bilbao seal Champions League place with Rayo win May 3, 2014

    Athletic Bilbao claimed a spot in next season's Champions League playoff round with a 3-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Friday which was sealed by a late Ander Herrera free-kick. Athletic are fourth on 68 points, nine above Sevilla and with a superior head-to-head record against the Europa...
  • Lionel Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1 April 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi ended Barcelona's run of three straight losses and kept them in the Spanish league title chase by scoring a late free kick to complete their 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Messi's 75th-minute goal answered some of the criticism the club's all-time leading scorer had received...
  • Struggling Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao without Neymar and Alba April 20, 2014

    Barcelona's defeat in the King's Cup final means La Liga is their only chance of major silverware and anything other than a home win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday would almost certainly end their dwindling title hopes. The 2-1 reverse to Real Madrid at Valencia's Mestalla stadium on Wednesday capped a...
  • Athletic Bilbao beat Malaga 3-0 to stay 4th in La Liga April 15, 2014

    Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored goals at the start of each half to help the Basque club beat Malaga 3-0 on Monday, strengthening their hold on Spain's final Champions League berth. Bilbao dominated the one-sided match at their New San Mames Stadium, with Malaga never able to counter the hosts'...
  • Bilbao beat Levante to stay fourth in La Liga April 8, 2014

    Valencia: Striker Aritz Aduriz scored two goals to help Athletic Bilbao win 2-1 at Levante on Monday, strengthening the Basque side's hold on fourth place in the Spanish league. Bilbao's second victory in their last six games restored their six-point advantage over fifth-place Sevilla as they cling to the last...
  • La Liga: Sevilla thump Espanyol to trim gap to Bilbao April 7, 2014

    Madrid: Sevilla kept up the pressure on Athletic Bilbao in the battle for Spain's fourth Champions League spot when Kevin Gameiro struck twice in a 4-1 win at home to mid-table Espanyol on Sunday. The victory for fifth-placed Sevilla at a festive Sanchez Pizjuan trimmed the gap to Bilbao to three...
  • Atletico's title credentials to face test against Bilbao March 29, 2014

    Barcelona: Spanish league leader Atletico Madrid can see the finish line, but its difficult run-in begins when it travels to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. In the most exciting season finale in years, Atletico lead Barcelona by one point and Real Madrid by three with eight games to go. Barcelona visit Espanyol,...
  • Athletic compound Getafe's misery with 1-0 win March 23, 2014

    Madrid: Athletic Bilbao provisionally stretched their fourth-place advantage while compounding Getafe's miserable run with a 1-0 victory in the Spanish league on Saturday. Markel Susaeta curled home from a well-designed set-piece for the 40th-minute winner at San Mames to see Bilbao move nine points clear of Real Sociedad in the race...
  • Champions League hopefuls Bilbao held at Villarreal in La Liga March 18, 2014

    Madrid: Athletic Bilbao missed a chance to tighten their grip on Spain's fourth Champions League qualification place when they had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at 10-man Villarreal in La Liga on Monday. Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo saved Aritz Aduriz's 40th-minute penalty at the Madrigal before teenager...
  • Aritz Aduriz nets three in Athletic Bilbao's 4-0 rout of Granada March 1, 2014

    Spain: Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored a hat trick to lead a 4-0 rout of 10-man Granada at home Friday, as the Basque side strengthened their hold on Spain's last Champions League berth for next season. Aduriz headed home Markel Susaeta's cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring...
  • Athletic Bilbao forward Ibai Gomez out for 6-8 weeks due to injury February 22, 2014

    Spain: Athletic Bilbao say forward Ibai Gomez will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after tearing a muscle in his right leg. The 24-year-old Gomez has scored eight goals in 18 appearances in the Spanish league this season. Bilbao are in fourth place and holding onto the final spot to qualify...
  • Bilbao, Celta play to scoreless draw in Spain February 11, 2014

    Vigo, Spain: Athletic Bilbao hung on to draw 0-0 at Celta Vigo to stretch out their fourth-place advantage in the Spanish league on Monday. The Basque club improved to four points better than fifth-place Villarreal in the duel for the last Champions League qualifying place. Celta should have come away with more...
  • Real Madrid's Ronaldo banned for three games February 5, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for three Spanish league games for receiving a red card and then making a mocking gesture toward the match officials in a game at Athletic Bilbao. The Portugal forward was shown a straight red for swiping his hand across the face of...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo facing three-game ban in La Liga February 3, 2014

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for three La Liga games after being sent off during Sunday night's 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mames. Ronaldo was sent off for reacting to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi and then a confrontation with Ander Iturraspe in the...
  • Gareth Bale to miss Real Madrid's visit to Bilbao February 1, 2014

    Injury-plagued Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's trip to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday because of a slight calf strain. The Wales winger has been in and out of the treatment room since joining the club from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record fee in September. Last weekend he was struggling in...
  • Real Madrid hoping Bilbao do not burst their bubble in La Liga January 31, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid's 11-match unbeaten run has lifted confidence and closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but their form faces a stern test at Athletic Bilbao's new San Mames stadium on Sunday. The Basque club, fiercely proud of their heritage and always keen to thwart their...
  • Real Madrid ease past Espanyol into King's Cup semis January 29, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid set up a King's Cup semi-final against holders Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao when they beat Espanyol 1-0 in their quarter-final, second leg on Tuesday for a 2-0 aggregate success. Real lost 2-1 to Atletico at their own Bernabeu stadium in last year's final and will be keen...
  • Atletico beat Bilbao 1-0 in 1st leg of Copa del Rey quarter-final January 24, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid edged Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at home to take a slim lead from the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday. After Bilbao's Ander Herrera missed a good chance to strike first, Atletico midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion swung in a cross from the right side for...
  • La Liga: Bilbao thump Valladolid 4-2 to regain fourth spot January 21, 2014

    Madrid: Athletic Bilbao climbed back above Villarreal into fourth place in La Liga after Ibai Gomez struck twice in a 4-2 comeback win at home to struggling Real Valladolid on Monday. Oscar Gonzalez stabbed the ball in from close range to give the visitors a surprise 15th-minute lead at a rain-soaked...
  • Muniain guides Bilbao past Celta in Copa del Rey December 20, 2013

    Barcelona: Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain celebrated his 21st birthday in style on Thursday, scoring two goals and setting up another to send the Basque side into the Copa del Rey's final 16 in a 4-0 victory over 10-man Celta Vigo. Bilbao overturned a 1-0 loss in the first leg at...
  • Athletic Bilbao sign Andoni Iraiola to one-year extension December 4, 2013

    Bilbao, Spain: Athletic Bilbao have signed defender Andoni Iraiola to a one-year contract extension that ties him to the club until 2015. The 31-year-old Iraiola has spent his entire career at the Basque club, 11 seasons since his debut in August 2003. Terms of the deal for Iraiola, who has played seven...
  • Barcelona need quick answers after second straight loss December 3, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona's 2-1 loss at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last week was down to a lack of intensity while Sunday's 1-0 reverse at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga exposed their relative physical frailty. Those were two of the explanations coach Gerardo Martino and the players offered after the...
  • Barcelona lose again without Lionel Messi December 2, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona lost their second straight game without injured star Lionel Messi when Athletic Bilbao handed the defending Spanish league champions a 1-0 loss on Sunday at San Mames. Forward Iker Muniain scored the winner in the 70th minute after Bilbao's incessant pressure recovered the ball and sparked a counterattack...
  • Barcelona lose Carles Puyol, Dani Alves for Athletic Bilbao trip November 30, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona will be missing defenders Carles Puyol and Dani Alves for Sunday's Spanish league game at Athletic Bilbao. The league leaders say Puyol won't travel after picking up a knee injury while Alves is sidelined due to pain in his right leg. Barcelona have defender Adriano returning from injury, while forward...
  • La Liga: Bilbao sense upset against wounded leaders Barcelona November 30, 2013

    Athletic Bilbao host Barcelona at their new San Mames stadium on Sunday sniffing an upset after the La Liga leaders suffered their first defeat of the season at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. Unbeaten in domestic competition and three points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top...
  • Herrera denies wanting to leave Bilbao November 27, 2013

    Madrid: Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera on Wednesday denied any intention of signing with England club Manchester United when the winter transfer window opens in January. The reigning English Premier League champions tried to sign Herrera late August but the two clubs failed to reach agreement over the price, reports Xinhua. Bilbao...
  • Heat on Schuster after Athletic Bilbao sink slumping Malaga November 26, 2013

    Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao came from behind to win 2-1 at struggling Malaga in La Liga on Monday and heap the pressure on German coach Bernd Schuster. It was a poor performance from the home team even though they went ahead through Juanmi before halftime. Bilbao levelled after the break thanks to...
  • Costa, Villa fire Atletico past Athletic 2-0 November 4, 2013

    Madrid: Diego Costa and David Villa delivered again for Atletico Madrid, whose Spanish league title charge continued to gain strength on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Villa enjoyed Atletico's best opportunities at the Vicente Calderon Stadium and put the hosts ahead after 32 minutes by volleying Juanfran's headed-on...