The 10 best players in the history of Athletic Club de Bilbao

The 10 best players in the history of Athletic Club de Bilbao
Zarra one of the best players in the history of Athletic. Photo: Sports world

Last update July 15, 2019 by Javier Argudo

The Athletic Club de Bilbao It is one of the greats of Spanish Liga. In the top 5 of the best teams historically speaking, It is next to Real Madrid and Barcelona, one of the three clubs he has played since its inception, always in the top flight of Spanish football. He has never walked the Second Division in his already extensive history.

their windows, They are also full of titles obtained mainly, in the early decades of professional football in Spain, where the Athletic Club, It was the greatest team of all the territory. With 8 Suspenders, 23 Cups and 2 Supercopa of Spain, its existence has another feature, players are always on earth, although in recent years have expanded the boundaries and look with some nuances as the origins Player, family etc. Retro Football Today we offer these 10 as the best players in the history of Athletic Club de Bibao.

Telmo Zarra

The Spanish striker par excellence. It was one of the best strikers of his time and the Spanish star of the postwar. It was known as the best head in Europe after Churchill. He formed a front with Piru Gainza dream, Venancio Panizo and. It marked one of the most important goals in the history of Spanish football. Did nothing more and nothing less than 251 League goals.


His time was another, but clearly it was one of the most important pieces in the history of Athletic Club de Bilbao, while a bust of him receiving visitors old equipment San Mames and does so in the new. Tradition dictates that the visiting team for the first time in its history the temple bilbaino, You have to make an offering to the bust of Pichichi. And it is respected to the letter. His figure gives its name to Trophy top scorer in the league.


The 'Gamo Dublin’ It is the football player Athletic Bilbao more Cups in history (7). He played twenty years in the ranks of the lions and was part of the front mythical dream in the Bilbao club. Beside Zarra, They gave birth to one of the most important goals of the Spanish football, famous both England at the World Cup Brazil 1950.

José Ángel Iribar

The Poplar is a myth for the Basque box, where he paid a huge level during his 18 seasons at the club. Juice 614 distributed in official matches 446 League matches, 93 the Generalissimo Cup (who won twice) Y 49 the selection. Possibly (and they have spent many good) the best goalkeeper in the club's history.


Captain of the best Athletic history, which won Leagues in 1982/83 and in the 1983/84, Cup 84 and Supercopa of Spain's 85, juice 302 parties in the ranks of Athletic Club between 1974 Y 1986. It is known on merit as the great Captain of the history of Basque club.

Julen Guerrero

The feeling of 90, a lion from head to toe. teen idol of thousands of teenagers forraban with their wallets with photos that went to high school. Out of that, its quality, talent and commitment to San Mames is beyond doubt. Almost had not passed adolescence and was already a star in the Athletic and internationally to the extent that half of Europe was following. He decided to stay in Bilbao throughout his career and San Mamés was where he retired. One of the best talents given Lezama.

Manu Sarabia

It was one of the best players in the historic Bilbao team, the early years 1980, He won two league (1982/83 Y 1983/84), Copa del Rey (1983/84) and Supercopa (1984/85). He played for twelve seasons in the club, where he managed 118 goals in 382 matches. Sounded was his conflict with Clemente maybe something muddied his career but not enough for one of the best players who have worn the shirt of the club.

Aritz Aduriz

The scorer par excellence Athletic modern. I need 3 different stages and a few laps for several teams in the league to consolidate and become one of the best. While more than 10 years at the club and over 160 many, continues to soldier. One of the best strikers in the club's history.


Juice 17 years at the club San Mames disputing whopping 413 League matches (541 all competitions which make him the second most capped wore the shirt Lions). He debuted in 1965 and he retired in 1982, almost a lifetime serving the club. He played his entire active career in the Athletic where he was also later as coach.

Joseba Etxeberria

The last in this list, not for lack of quality far, is Joseba Etxeberria. Formed in the quarry of Real Sociedad (who made his debut in the First Division with only 17 year old) he joined Athletic Club to reason 550 million pesetas.

Atletico legend in which militated during 15 seasons becoming the third player with more official matches in its history with 514 (only surpassed by Iribar with 614 and José Francisco Rojo with 541. He was also full international with the Spanish selection 53 occasions when he scored 12 goals. A skilled end of before.

Alberto Llopis

Director of Attempt to gather letters and tell stories in and Specialist retro football Current. Football Coach Level II. You can follow me at @colgadosfutbol

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