Athletic Bilbao FC tickets showcase Spanish football royalty
Athletic Bilbao FC is one of Spain’s most illustrious football teams, rivalled only by two others. They play home games at San Mames Stadium, one of the largest in the Basque Country region. If you haven’t experienced the passion of live football here and you’re planning a visit, buy Athletic Bilbao FC tickets on StubHub in advance, or get them at the last minute; we can instantly send them to your smartphone. You can buy or resell tickets with total confidence, as we 100% guarantee them all.
Athletic Bilbao FC and the legend of Pichichi
Known as “Los Leones” – the Lions – Athletic Bilbao FC has won an astonishing number of trophies in top flight Spanish football. They also have another quite remarkable achievement under their belt, having never been relegated from the Spanish top division, La Liga, since their founding in 1898 through till the 21st century. In the process, they won it eight times in the following 100 years. They also won the Copa Del Rey no fewer than 23 times in the 20th century, including the inaugural one in 1902, a feat only outdone by one of their two main Spanish rivals, FC Barcelona. They won a hat-trick of these championships from 1914 to 1916. It was in these games that one of their most legendary players, Rafael Aranzadi (affectionately known as Pichichi), scored a hat-trick. The La Liga Top Scorer Award is today named after him, the Trofeo Pichichi.
Watch pure commitment with Athletic Bilbao FC match tickets
The two teams that rival Bilbao as the best in Spanish history are the predictable suspects, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF, who both share the club’s non-relegation record. The club’s fiercest rivalry, however, is with Real Sociedad, with matches against them known as the Basque Derby. In fact, Bilbao is so proud of its Basque roots that it is the only team in Spain, or indeed Europe, that only selects players deemed to be Basque. This has been seen as controversial at times, and it’s been argued that this is an outdated policy in the modern era of international football. However, it’s a reflection of the club’s intense commitment to developing home-grown players – and it certainly hasn’t hurt them in the win column over their history. This is quite a remarkable sports team, and well worth watching live, even if they’ve been the scourge of your own British team at times. You can catch them in European competitions, or pop over the Channel to experience a home game. You can buy your Athletic Bilbao FC tickets on StubHub.
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