Tag: basque

An English field in Bilbao

At the end of the 19th century, the sons of the British industrial revolution headed to the iron-rich Basque Country in their thousands. The northern city of Bilbao was rapidly emerging as the…

The reinvention of Aritz Aduriz

STEPPING OFF THE PLATFORM at the Abando train station and into its main corridor, you are immediately reminded of where you are. As your footsteps take you through clouds of tobacco smoke…

Telmo Zarra: the man before Messi

Football in its contemporary format is one dominated by the development of the superstar. With the sport becoming evermore a global game, it is reaching its tentacles into areas that had previously been…

Alavés and the story of the 2001 UEFA Cup final

Vitoria-Gazteiz is a proud city. The seat of government for the Basque Autonomous Community, it also serves as the unofficial capital city for the region. The home of not one but two…

The intricacies of Basque football

Basque football represents one of the most intriguing stories in the global game. A small region of Spain, it continually produces some of the best young talent in the nation as well…

Athletic Club and the case for sustainability

In the words of Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle: “Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.” There is no club more self-sufficient in world football than Athletic Club and after another season fighting for European qualification in…