ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS
Velasco Carballo to ref Cup final
Carlos Velasco Carballo has been appointed to referee the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on May 30.
Valverde hails Athletic comeback
Ernesto Valverde hailed Athletic Bilbao for refusing to throw in the towel after their late comeback in Sunday’s 3-2 victory at Elche.
Valverde wary of Elche threat
Ernesto Valverde has warned Athletic Bilbao that Elche will be no pushovers when they do battle at Martinez Valero in La Liga on Sunday.
Iturraspe extends Athletic contract
Athletic Bilbao have announced that Ander Iturraspe has extended his contract with the club until 2019.
‘No fire in Athletic’s bellies’
Ernesto Valverde accused Athletic Bilbao of “not playing with fire in our bellies at the moment” after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.
RFEF calls May 16 strike
The RFEF, the Spanish Football Federation, has announced its intention to suspend all Leagues from May 16.
Xavi: Pity I couldn’t play for Athletic
Xavi Hernandez has lamented the fact he’s unable to turn out for Athletic Bilbao, the Barcelona veteran thinking highly of the Basques.
Simeone: Ref not to blame
Diego Simeone has refused to point the finger at referee Santiago Jaime Latre following Atletico Madrid’s stalemate with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Cholo: Athletic game more important
Diego Simeone is of the belief that Atletico Madrid’s game against Athletic Bilbao carries more importance than their future meeting with Barcelona.
‘La Liga would have been second best’
The secretary of state for sport, Miguel Cardenal, says the move to collective TV rights is vital as ‘La Liga would have become a second-level League.’
Tebas: A new League is born
LFP President Javier Tebas has described the move to the sale of collective television rights as ‘the birth of a new League.’
TV rights decree approved
A major change to how La Liga’s television rights are sold has moved closer after the Spanish government approved a royal decree for a collective sale.
Balenziaga aiming to beat Atleti
Athletic Bilbao defender Mikel Balenziaga says his team will be going all out to beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Valverde rues Bilbao lost opportunity
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde was left to lament his side’s inability to overcome a resolute Real Sociedad at San Mames on Tuesday.
Moyes rages at Athletic penalty
David Moyes was unhappy at the penalty awarded against his Real Sociedad side in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
Le Tissier honoured by Athletic
Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier was the surprising recipient of an award from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night.
Moyes upbeat for Athletic clash
Real Sociedad boss David Moyes insists he is looking forward to locking horns with Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby on Tuesday night.
Valverde: ‘Basque derby is special’
Ernesto Valverde says the Basque derby games between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are always special occasions.
Moyes impressed by San Mames
David Moyes says that whenever he has visited Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames stadium it has left a lasting impression on him.
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.
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