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4 hours ago

Andres wary of Athletic threat

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Porto goalkeeper Andres is taking nothing for granted with regard to the way either his team or Champions League Group H rivals Athletic Bilbao have started the season.

Ahead of Tuesday's clash between the two clubs in Portugal, the hosts, second in their domestic league, top the pool, while their Spanish opponents, 17th in the Primera Division, are bottom.

In contrast to Julen Lopetegui's Porto only losing for the first time in any competition this term in their last outing, Ernesto Valverde's Athletic...

1 day ago

Nolito salvages draw

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Celta Vigo striker Nolito scored midway through the second half to end Athletic Club's hopes of halting a winless run which now stretches to seven games.

Ernesto Valverde's Primera Division strugglers had made a dream start when Aritz Aduriz put them in front from the penalty spot with just six minutes on the clock.

But Nolito's 73rd minute effort salvaged a 1-1 draw for Celta who were keen to respond to their 3-1 home defeat to Villarreal in their last match prior to the international break.

The home...

5 days ago

Aymeric Laporte may give up on France career if Spain call him up

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe analyses Diego Costa's first goal in a Spain jersey and the pressure he has been under to produce for La Roja.

Athletic Bilbao's young French centre-back Aymeric Laporte has suggested that he might switch allegiance to Spain if he is not soon called up by Les Bleus.

Laporte, 20, is already a regular starter for Athletic, and impressed especially last season as the Basque side sealed Champions League qualification. He has also starred while winning the European Under-19 Championship with France in both 2011 and 2012, and played in this week's unsuccessful European Under-21 Championship playoffs against Sweden.

However...

Oct 6, 2014

Athletic Club's difficult season, plus Iker Casillas goes on the attack

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo notched his third hat trick of the young La Liga season, now bringing his total to 22.

You know that feeling when you're on a flight and the plane hits a bit of turbulence and drops sharply? Your stomach does the loop-de-loop, seemingly moving in a different direction than the rest of your body and the overriding sensation is of being, briefly, out of control.

Go to Bilbao, ask around the new San Mames -- fans, players, staff -- and they'll tell you that's precisely what it's been like at Athletic Club since Aug. 27, 2014.

That was the night when they last cruised smoothly --...

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Oct 5, 2014

Ancelotti: Ronaldo will win Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to his front three as they thrashed Athletic Bilbao 5-0 to move to fourth in La Liga.

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