Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Athletic Bilbao https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/ath-bilbao Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:25:36 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[LALIGA RECAP: Levante shock; Escriba sacked; Ramos Real Madrid record]]> <p>Here are ten of the top stories from LaLiga Santander, from fine margins at the top of the table to Sergio Ramos and Luis Surez's latest records.</p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/laliga-recap-levante-shock-escriba-sacked-ramos-real-madrid-record-4303231?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Here are ten of the top stories from LaLiga Santander, from fine margins at the top of the table to Sergio Ramos and Luis Surez's latest records.


THREE TEAMS ARE LEVEL AT TOP

It could hardly be tighter or more dramatic at the top of the LaLiga Santander table. After the results of matchdays 11 and 12, there are three teams level on 22 points, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad all leading the way.


THE TIGHTEST OF LEAGUE TABLES

It's not just at the very top of the LaLiga Santander table that it's tight. The top 13 teams in the standings are separated by just five points. From Barcelona in first place on 22 points to Valencia in 13th on 17 points, every side is separated by just a couple of victories after what has been a fascinating start to the 2019/20 season.


TWO MATCHDAYS AND 60 GOALS

There was a midweek round in LaLiga Santander last week, with matchday 11 taking place across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before matchday 12 on Saturday and Sunday. In total, LaLiga fans saw 60 goals across the 20 games.


FRAN ESCRIBA'S TIME AT RC CELTA COMES TO AN END

Following RC Celta's 1-0 defeat against Getafe on Sunday, the Galician club decided to part ways with coach Fran Escrib. He took over in March and helped steer the Sky Blues away from the relegation zone and to survival at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, but paid the price for a rocky start to the 2019/season. He coached 24 LaLiga Santander games wide the side from Balaidos, winning six, drawing seven and losing 11.


16 YEARS OF GOALS FROM SERGIO RAMOS

By converting a penalty against Legans, Sergio Ramos scored his first league goal of the 2019/20 season. This was an extra special goal for the Real Madrid captain because it means that he has now scored in 16 consecutive LaLiga Santander campaigns. Of active players, only Lionel Messi can say the same thing.


ESPANYOL TURN 119

There were celebrations at RCD Espanyol this week, as the Catalan club celebrated the 119th anniversary of its founding. Founded in 1900, the club is the third-oldest in LaLiga Santander, behind only Athletic Club (1898) and FC Barcelona (1899), and special celebratory events were held at the club's official store on La Rambla, in the centre of Barcelona.


SANDRO ENDS SCORING DROUGHT

Real Valladolid fan favourite Sandro Ramirez finally broke his 23-month 11-day goalscoring drought when he fired home a rocket from outside the area in their 3-0 win over RCD Mallorca. The hope is that he'll now push on a continue banging them in after rediscovering his goalscoring touch.


LUIS SUAREZ'S IMPRESSIVE FEAT

By finding the net against Real Valladolid in midweek, Barcelona's Luis Suarez has now achieved the impressive feat of scoring against every team he has faced in LaLiga Santander. That's 27 different clubs, since moving to the Camp Nou in 2014.


ADURIZ HITS 400

In his final season before retirement, Aritz Aduriz hit another milestone for Athletic Club by making his 400th official appearance for the Bilbao-based team. By coming on against Espanyol, the striker reached this total. Of his 400 matches for the Basque side, Aduriz has won 155, drawn 104 and lost 141.


THE VILLARREAL ACADEMY PROJECT LANDS IN THE USA

A series of events were held in the USA over the past week, as Villarreal worked with LaLiga to take the Villarreal Academy project to Florida. Football camps, a soccer clinic and even a tournament were held across the state, while the club's former captain Marcos Senna was also involved in this project to promote grassroots football.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Madrid coach Simeone praises Correa after defeating Bilbao]]> <p>Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised Angel Correa for their 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.</p><p>Simeone feels that the win deserved even more credit due to the busy schedule that proceeded the encounter.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/atletico-madrid-coach-simeone-praises-correa-after-defeating-bilbao-4301988?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised Angel Correa for their 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Simeone feels that the win deserved even more credit due to the busy schedule that proceeded the encounter.

"It was [a big win] because we have played three tremendous matches. Against Valencia, then the Champions League.

"And today, three days after we are back playing with the absences of Joao [Felix], [Stefan] Savic and [Jose] Gimenez.

Correa stepped in and had an impressive match up front, providing Saul and Alvaro Morata with assists for their goals.

Simeone added: "He has always been a striker.

"We always put him in a position where he doesn't feel comfortable but he puts in a great effort.

"His natural position is a striker. In that position he can better express his dribbling, his power, his turns, like the one for the first goal. He is a player who has done very well."

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<![CDATA[Atletico Madrid attacker Saul delighted beating Athletic Bilbao]]> <p>Atletico Madrid attacker Saul Niguez was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.</p><p>Fans were behind the side from before kick-off, making up for the recent whistles aimed at Koke by singing his name during the warm-up.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/atletico-madrid-attacker-saul-delighted-beating-athletic-bilbao-4301986?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Atletico Madrid attacker Saul Niguez was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Fans were behind the side from before kick-off, making up for the recent whistles aimed at Koke by singing his name during the warm-up.

"I'm very happy with how the game was played," he said.

"We played practically from the start and we needed that.

"The fans helped a lot today, and that helps you to be plugged in from the beginning."

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<![CDATA[Real Madrid identify LaLiga replacement for Courtois]]> <p>Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is battling for his future at Real Madrid.</p><p>El Desmarque says Real are targeting Atheltic Bilbao's Unai Simon to replace Courtois in goal. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/real-madrid-identify-laliga-replacement-for-courtois-4301610?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is battling for his future at Real Madrid.

El Desmarque says Real are targeting Atheltic Bilbao's Unai Simon to replace Courtois in goal.

The Bilbao No 1 has a contract until 2023 and reportedly has a 43million buy-out clause in that deal.

In 10 matches this season Courtois has conceded 12 goals and kept just three clean sheets while Simon has let in four goals and had four shut outs in eight games.

Courtois did keep a clean sheet in Zinedine Zidane's side's Champions League group-stage win over Galatasaray on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Real Sociedad fullback Nacho Monreal: We're with Imanol to death]]> <p>Real Sociedad fullback Nacho Monreal admits he could've joined Athletic Bilbao this season.</p><p>Monreal left Arsenal for La Real in August.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/real-sociedad-fullback-nacho-monreal-we-re-with-imanol-to-death-4301594?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Real Sociedad fullback Nacho Monreal admits he could've joined Athletic Bilbao this season.

Monreal left Arsenal for La Real in August.

And he revealed: "Yes there were chances of signing for Athletic. I'm not going to tell you that I was very, very close, but there were possibilities.

"The only reason I have not finished in Athletic was because the three parties have to agree and, for one reason or another, that agreement has never been reached."

Monreal also praised coach Imanol Alguacil: "I am not surprised by the courage proposed by the mister. We want to attack always. We are going to death with him."

And on Manchester City target Mikel Oyarzabal, he added: "He is one of the best in the team. It is a luxury to have a player like him."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal, Everton target Unai Nunez drops agent]]> <p>Unai Nunez is edging closer to leaving Athletic Bilbao.</p><p>The Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with Everton and Arsenal last week.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-everton-target-unai-nunez-drops-agent-4301356?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Unai Nunez is edging closer to leaving Athletic Bilbao.

The Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with Everton and Arsenal last week.

AS the Spain international, who is currently out of favour at Bilbao, wants to leave the club in January and has taken the step of changing agents.

Nunez is leaving agent Felix Tainta to be represented by the Leaderbrock Sports agency in Valencia.

A move inside LaLiga is also being considered.

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<![CDATA[Javier Clemente: I had Real Madrid offer]]> <p>Javier Clemente insists he has no regrets not taking charge of Real Madrid.</p><p>The former Spain coach admits he came close to taking the job.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/javier-clemente-i-had-real-madrid-offer-4300847?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Javier Clemente insists he has no regrets not taking charge of Real Madrid.

The former Spain coach admits he came close to taking the job.

He revealed: I was about to train Real Madrid with Ramn Mendoza, but I was in Athletic and I could not go. I do not regret it.

"I was very close to Ramn. Notice, being at Atltico de Madrid I argued with him, being his intimate friend, to defend Jesus Gil. I didn't argue with him, I defended Jesus Gil when they had a very big confrontation because I was his coach."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal, Everton chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez]]> <p>Premier League interest is growing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.</p><p>Marca says Arsenal and Everton are keen on the 22-year-old Spaniard.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-everton-chasing-athletic-bilbao-defender-unai-nunez-4300820?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Premier League interest is growing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.

Marca says Arsenal and Everton are keen on the 22-year-old Spaniard.

The Gunners have already sent scouts to Athletic matches several times to watch Nunez this season.

His contract with Bilbao runs to 2022.

The deal includes in the amount of 30m.

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<![CDATA[Kepa: Chelsea have improved me]]> <p>Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he's improved since leaving Athletic Bilbao.</p><p>Arrizabalaga also reflected on his progress since joining Chelsea last summer and believes he has become a better goalkeeper.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/kepa-chelsea-have-improved-me-4300197?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he's improved since leaving Athletic Bilbao.

Arrizabalaga also reflected on his progress since joining Chelsea last summer and believes he has become a better goalkeeper.

"I have matured as a person and as a goalkeeper," he said.

"I have become accustomed to playing in a different way.

"I'm now seeing more physical opponents, also of great quality, and I keep developing because I'm young."

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<![CDATA[Chelsea keeper Kepa outlines Athletic Bilbao plans]]> <p>Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa has revealed plans to return to Athletic Bilbao.</p><p>The Basque-native came through the ranks at San Mames before moving to Chelsea last summer.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-keeper-kepa-outlines-athletic-bilbao-plans-4300095?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BAthletic%2BBilbao'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa has revealed plans to return to Athletic Bilbao.

The Basque-native came through the ranks at San Mames before moving to Chelsea last summer.

"Of course I would like to return to Athletic," Kepa told Spanish football show El Chiringuito.

"I don't know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic obviously I'd like that. I have great memories."

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