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Sporting partial stadium ban for abuse
Sporting Gijon have confirmed they have been ordered to partially close their stadium for one match due to alleged racial abuse of an opposition player.
Barca speculation is a 'joke' - Alvarez
Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez has insisted his future remains with the Basque club amid speculation linking him to Barcelona.
Aduriz makes Spain history
Aritz Aduriz made history for Spain in Saturday’s 2-0 win against FYR Macedonia as he became his country’s oldest-ever goalscorer.
Draw leaves a bitter taste - QSF
Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores lamented his side dropping more points against Athletic Bilbao, but praised his side's performance.
‘Aduriz called up before his five goals’
Julen Lopetegui insists Aritz Aduriz would have been called up by Spain, even if he did not score five goals against Genk in the Europa League.
‘Athletic set bar very high, but...’
Ernesto Valverde insists Athletic Bilbao “set the bar very high” in their 1-1 draw with Osasuna on Sunday but admits it was “a missed opportunity”.
‘La Liga is Athletic’s priority’
Ernesto Valverde insists La Liga is Athletic Bilbao’s “priority”, not the Europa League, ahead of Sunday’s match against nearby Osasuna.
Atleti 'haven't stolen anything' - Cerezo
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has hit back at claims his club ‘stole’ the identity and make-up of Athletic Bilbao when they were formed in 1903.
'Atleti stole Athletic's identity!'
Athletic Bilbao's chief executive Javier Aldazabal has accused Atletico Madrid of 'appropriating' their brand over a century ago.
Inaki Williams rules out move
Spain forward Inaki Williams has ruled out a move to Liverpool as he wishes to remain at Athletic Bilbao ‘for many years’.
Zizou hails ‘work and suffering’
Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid’s “work and suffering” against Athletic Bilbao as he warned “we’re not going to achieve anything in La Liga” without them.
Morata takes Madrid top
Real Madrid moved top of La Liga on Sunday as Alvaro Morata’s late goal gave Los Blancos a 2-1 win against Athletic Bilbao.
Madrid v Athletic LIVE
Join Football Espana this evening for LIVE commentary as Athletic Bilbao stand in the way of Real Madrid and La Liga’s top spot!
Real Madrid rotate in midfield this evening against Athletic Bilbao, who are without chief marksman Aritz Aduriz.
Zizou laughs off BBC criticism
Zinedine Zidane has laughed off criticism that BBC are “average” ahead of Real Madrid’s match against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.
Valverde relishing ‘different’ derby
Ernesto Valverde admits “it’s always different” to face Real Sociedad as Athletic Bilbao have “a special desire” to win Sunday’s Basque derby.
Griezmann, Valverde win September gongs
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde have won the LaLiga monthly awards for September.
Rulli: Basque derby unique and special
Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli has called Sunday’s Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao as their biggest game of the season.
Laporte chooses France
Athletic Bilbao centre half Aymeric Laporte has been called up to the France international squad for the first time in his career.
‘Desperation to blame, not Sirigu’
Jorge Sampaoli insisted it was “desperation” on Athletic Bilbao’s part and not Salvatore Sirigu’s red card that condemned Sevilla to a 3-1 defeat on Saturday.
Valverde revels in Balenziaga ‘golazo’
Ernesto Valverde revelled in Mikel Balenziaga’s ‘golazo’ during Athletic Bilbao’s 3-1 victory over Sevilla on Saturday.
Kempes makes Valencia job plea
Mario Kempes has made an impassioned plea to become the next Valencia boss after being left “very worried” by Valencia’s 2-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
Pako: Valencia don’t need changes
Pako Ayestaran insists he will not change his ways and neither must Valencia ahead of Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. “The players are enjoying their work...”
Garcia apologises for Joselu tackle
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Raul Garcia has apologised to Joselu for a challenge which injured the Deportivo striker's knee.
‘Athletic must manage anxiety’
Ernesto Valverde has urged his Athletic Bilbao players to “manage their anxiety in a positive way” when they travel to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
France: Laporte for Spain wrong, but...
The French Football Federation (FFF) claims Aymeric Laporte would be “wrong” to switch to Spain but admits he would be far from a first choice.
Valverde: ‘It wasn’t to be’
Athletic Coach Ernesto Valverde was disappointed his side failed to claim a positive result in their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.
Rakitic rubbishes penalty claim
Ivan Rakitic rubbished claims he was fortunate not to concede a penalty on Iker Muniain in Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Enrique: Ter Stegen is cold-blooded
Luis Enrique hailed Marc-Andre ter Stegen for a “cold-blooded” performance during Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.
Rakitic hands Enrique 100th win
Luis Enrique made it 100 wins as Barcelona Coach in the quickest-ever time thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.
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