- Bilbao Athletic
Football club infobox
clubname = Bilbao Athletic
fullname = Bilbao Athletic Club
nickname = "Los Cachorros" (The pups)
founded = 1938/1964
Bilbao, Basque Country,
capacity = 39,750
chairman = flagicon|Spain
Fernando García Macua
manager = flagicon|Spain
Luis de la Fuente
league = 2ªB - Group 1
season = 2007-08
position = 2ªB - Group 2 15th
Bilbao Athletic is the
reserve teamof Athletic Bilbaoand is sometimes referred to as Athletic Bilbao B. They currently play in the "Segunda Division B" - Group 1. Unlike the English League, reserve teams in Spainplay in the same football pyramid as their senior team rather than a separate league. However reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore Bilbao Athletic are ineligible for promotion to the "Primera Division". Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In addition only under-23 players, or under-25 players with a professional contract, can switch between senior and reserve teams.
The "Bilbao Athletic" name was first used in 1938 during the
Spanish Civil War, when both La Ligaand the Copa del Reywere suspended. Several of the top Athletic players subsequently joined the "Euskadi XI". This team was put together at the suggestion of José Antonio Aguirre, the president of the Basque Country and a former Athletic Bilbaofootballer. The team went on tour to raise funds for the Basque cause and played in Europeand Mexico. However, the "Campeonato de Vicaya" continued to be played. With their best players on tour with the "Euskadi XI", Athletic Bilbaocould only field weakened sides and as a result they chose to enter under the name "Bilbao Athletic". Despite this, they still won the championship. The name is derived from the two clubs, "Bilbao" Football Club and "Athletic" Club, that merged in 1903 to become Athletic Bilbao.
The name was revived in 1964 when
Athletic Bilbaodecided to establish a reserve team with Agustín Gaínzaas coach . The new "Bilbao Athletic" initially played in local regional leagues before winning promotion to the "Tercera División" in 1966 under coach Rafa Iriondo. In 1969 they were promoted to the Segunda División.
In 1984 with
José Ángel Iribaras coach and an emerging Julio Salinas, they were runners-up to Castilla CFin the "Segunda División". Salinas also won the divisional "Pichichi".
Players out on loan:
Joseba Ariñoat Barakaldo CF
Beñat Etxebarriaat UB Conquense
* Eneko at
Gaizka Bergaraat Sestao River
Iñaki Zarandonaat Gernika Club
José Ángel Iribar
"see also cl|Athletic Bilbao footballers"
* Campeonato de Vicaya:
** 1938-39: 1
* Tercera División:
** 1966-67: 1
Segunda División B"9th"
Segunda División B"6th"
Segunda División B"15th"
Segunda División B"15th"
Segunda División B------------------
*13 seasons in "
*19 seasons in "
Segunda División B"
*10 seasons in "
CD BaskoniaAthletic Bilbao second reserve team
*eu icon es icon En icon [http://www.athletic-club.net/acc/home.asp?a=3&b=1&equipo=3&idi=2 Bilbao Athletic at www.athletic-club.net]
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