ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS
Valverde: Mission accomplished!
Ernesto Valverde congratulated his Athletic Bilbao players for a job well done following Friday’s 1-0 victory over Cordoba in La Liga.
Rico: ‘All Bilbao fans want tickets’
Athletic Bilbao star Mikel Rico says everyone is asking him for tickets to see the Copa del Rey final on May 30 – even his plumber!
Etxeita wary of Cordoba threat
Athletic Bilbao defender Xabier Etxeita has warned his teammates of the danger of underestimating Cordoba on Friday.
Copa del Rey allocation decided
The allocation of tickets for the final of the Copa del Rey has been decided by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
City to step up Laporte interest
Manchester City are set to step up their interest in Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte with a bid of €42m.
Valverde: Malaga under pressure
Ernesto Valverde believes Malaga will have ‘noticed’ Athletic Bilbao following their 4-0 victory over Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.
Valverde rues missed Athletic chance
Ernesto Valverde is disappointed Athletic Bilbao missed the chance to get points back on their rivals and wants a return to form against Getafe.
San Jose eyeing Europe for Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao defender Mikel San Jose says the club are still looking to finish in seventh spot despite their recent run of bad form.
Sergio ‘not talking of Europe’
Espanyol Coach Sergio Gonzalez insists he won’t discuss the team’s chances of making Europe even after beating Athletic Bilbao.
‘Espanyol will want Copa revenge’
Ernesto Valverde has warned Athletic Bilbao that Espanyol will want revenge for their Copa del Rey exit during Sunday’s La Liga meeting.
Nuno slams ‘outrageous’ refereeing
Valencia boss Nuno Santo fumed at the ‘outrageous’ decision to award Athletic Bilbao their equaliser following Thursday’s 1-1 draw at San Mames.
Valverde warns of Valencia threat
Ernesto Valverde has warned his Athletic Bilbao players to beware of Valencia’s ‘consistency’ ahead of Thursday’s meeting at San Mames.
Report: Iraola to leave Athletic
Andoni Iraola is to leave Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season and he is set to move to the United States and MLS.
Muniain set for long spell out?
Athletic Bilbao star Iker Muniain could be set for a long spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off with a suspected knee injury against Sevilla.
Emery cautious despite Athletic win
Unai Emery has demanded caution from his Sevilla players, despite his ‘joy’ with their 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Emery: Every game is transcendental
Unai Emery has described Sevilla’s remaining fixtures, starting with Saturday’s visit of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, as ‘transcendental.
Teenager charged for Barca bomb threat
Spanish police will press charges against a 17-year-old who threatened to detonate a bomb during the Copa del Rey final at Camp Nou on May 30.
Aduriz unhappy at Camp Nou choice
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz admits he is disappointed that the Camp Nou has been selected to host this year’s Copa del Rey final.
Ramos unfazed by anthem jeers
Sergio Ramos has refused to comment on the Spanish national anthem possibly being booed during the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.
Valverde approves Camp Nou final
Ernesto Valverde says he is relishing the prospect of Athletic Bilbao contesting the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Urrutia “delighted” to go to Barca
Athletic Bilbao President Josu Urrutia says his club will be “delighted” to take on Barcelona in their own back yard in the final of the Copa del Rey.
RFEF plump for Camp Nou
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have chosen the Camp Nou to host this year’s Copa del Rey final on May 30.
Valverde still eyeing Europe
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde says he is still eyeing a Europa League place following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Almeria at San Mames.
JIM: Almeria lacked firepower
Almeria boss Juan Ignacio Martinez was left to rue his team’s lack of firepower in the 2-1 weekend defeat at Athletic Bilbao.
Valverde wants Madrid final
Ernesto Valverde has revealed that he would like Real Madrid to host the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona on May 30.
Valverde: Athletic had to suffer
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao ‘suffered’ against Celta Vigo but praised them for digging deep to secure a 2-1 victory at Balaidos on Saturday.
‘Athletic want three more wins’
Ernesto Valverde has challenged Athletic Bilbao to secure three more wins ahead of Saturday’s trip to Celta Vigo in La Liga.
Sevilla offers Copa del Rey venues
The city of Sevilla has offered its three major venues as a solution to where the Copa del Rey final should be played.
Basques ‘outraged’ at Perez
The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) has expressed its outrage as arguments over the choice of venue for this year’s Copa del Rey final rumble on.
CSD chief backs Athletic & Barca fans
The head of Spain’s Higher Sports Council (CSD), Miguel Cardenal, is backing fans of Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona not to jeer the national anthem.
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