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LA LIGA LUNES : Real Sociedad On Verge Of Making Club History After 9 Years – Plus Ronaldo Ruins Casillas Pic

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Real Sociedad are on the verge of making club history by earning a Champions League qualification spot for the first time in nine years after coming from behind to beat Valencia 4-2 at Anoeta last night. The last time the Basque side played in the elite competition was in 2003/04, where they scored 71 goals in total, and only five points separate it from fifth place Malaga at the moment.

Top 10 Midfielders in EURO 2012

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With the way in which modern soccer has evolved, the need for a technically gifted midfield has become the prevalent way to build a team. Gone are the days of a classic number 10 who simply makes plays in attack and does barely anything on defense; gone are the days of pure "destroyers" who sit in front of the defense and simply tackle everything in sight.

Offbeat Weds : Xabi Alonso’s Wife Loves The ‘WAG’ Tag, Hope Solo Does The Tango & Diego Forlan’s Wise Words!

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Every Wednesday, we round up the offbeat stories in football for you! This week, read what Xabi Alonso & Diego Forlan's women have to say and watch Hope Solo as she waltzes across the ballroom.

Nagore Aranburu, also known as Xabi Alonso's beautiful and intelligent wife (classy as Mrs.

LA LIGA LUNES : Black Sunday & Llorente Lunes!

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What's this tipos,... Black Sunday?! No, it's just Madrid and Barca fighting it out in black to see who comes up tops in the Spanish league! And they're both tied in first spot with Levante after a 4-0 (Madrid) and 1-0 (Barca) victory respectively.

Noticias : Preparations, The Da Silvas’ Rivalry & Valdano’s Exit

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The preparations are underway for Saturday's Champions League extravaganza! Cameras are being set up around the stadium, players are arriving in London (boyband swagger and all geez!) and the trophy is probably being polished in a fancy factory somewhere. Unless you're an annoyed Basque supporter (many of them are ready to annoy the living daylights out of the Catalans and Madrilenos), you have exactly two days to make your predictions.

Fact of the Day!

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Xabi Alonso (Bottom right)/ Mikel Arteta (Bottom left)

Spanish players Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso have a very strong friendship having played together since a young age at their local side Antiguoko. Additionally, they have been neighbours twice:  in San Sebastián (As kids) and in Liverpool, with the two Basque born men playing either side of Stanley Park.

Homage to Catatonia

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Spain's celebrity fans continue to celebrate

I wish I had thought of that title on Sunday. Although the game wasn't 1990 Final boring.

So let's talk about Catalonia for a second. I've long suspected that the reason Spain hasn't won a World Cup before wasn't because Spanish players weren't good enough, and that the political divisions were nothing more than a convenient excuse that simultaneously bashed the rival club (cf.

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Imagining the Iberian Championship

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By Dermot Corrigan, writing imagining in Madrid

While the recently growing calls for Catalan independence have led to a number of very tricky questions for politicians at local, national and European levels to ponder, they have - more importantly of course - also caused football fans to scratch their heads and wonder about the possibles issues that would arise.

Flying another flag

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There's nothing like Christmas to bring up old and unresolved family issues.

With the rest of Europe, England apart, on hibernal hiatus, 32,000 turned out at Barcelona's Olympic Stadium tonight to watch Catalonia hammer Honduras, a representative in last summer's World Cup Finals, 4-0, with a brace from Barça's Bojan Krkic.

Athletic Bilbao

Basque-ing in the glory: Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez thrown out of Real Madrid Euro 2012 photo

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Spain's squad might have put their geographical divides behind them to great effect over the last four years, but their are still cliques in the squad. This was neatly demonstrated when Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez inadvertently gatecrashed a 'Real Madrid only' photo during the Euro 2012 victory celebrations.

Javi Martinez Attempts To Strip Andres Iniesta Of His Shirt During Copa Del Rey Final (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 (both sets of fans Catalan and Basque booed the Spanish national anthem) to win the Copa Del Rey in Pep's final game in charge last night, with Lionel Messi scoring his 73rd goal of the season sandwiched between a brace from Pedro all inside the first 25 minutes.

Javi Martinez Attempts To Strip Andres Iniesta Of His Shirt During Copa Del Rey Final (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 (both sets of fans Catalan and Basque booed the Spanish national anthem) to win the Copa Del Rey in Pep's final game in charge last night, with Lionel Messi scoring his 73rd goal of the season sandwiched between a brace from Pedro all inside the first 25 minutes.

400 Athletic Bilbao fans travelled to Hungary to see the Europa League Final (which was held in Romania)

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Athletic Bilbao last won silverware in 1984, so fans of the popular Basque side travelled in their droves to attend the Europa League Final earlier this week for a chance to witness a rekindling of their former glory. Sadly, Falcao and ten other Atletico Madrid players were 3-0 victors on the night, which was particularly hard news to take for the 400 Athletic Club fans who travelled to Hungary for the game by mistake.

Bielsa’s Young Apprentices. Basque childhood seems like an...

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Bielsa's Young Apprentices.

Basque childhood seems like an enjoyable time, and this has been immediately added to the list of reasons why. Sure, everyone in the world of football is swooning over Athletic Bilbao's manager Marcelo "El Loco" Bielsa. Pep Guardiola can't seem to get enough of him, but what continuously flies under the radar is the fact that the Argentine coach is a hell of a nice guy in addition to a tactical genius.

Man United Bow Out of Europa League After Another Defeat Against Bilbao

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Manchester United unsurprisingly failed to advance into the next round of Europa League after they suffered another defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, giving the Spanish team a passage with a convincing 5-3 aggregate.

In a rather similar fashion as United's defeat in the first leg, the scoreline was indeed rather flattering for the English champion as they were once again outplayed by the Bilbao young guns and could've faced an embarrassment on the night if it wasn't for the Basque's based team's poor finishing.

Andoni Iraola’s golazo that could have been Athletic...

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Andoni Iraola's golazo that could have been

Athletic Bilbao and Marcelo Bielsa have given Manchester United yet another lesson in how to play vibrant, attacking, entertaining football. They defeated United for the second time in a row, this time 2-1 at home at the San Mamés (5-3 on aggregate).

Basque in the glory, Athletic. Whatever happens at San Mamés...

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Basque in the glory, Athletic.

Whatever happens at San Mamés this evening between Athletic Bilbao and Manchester United, it has to be said that the Basque fans, not to mention the players, have been a refreshing addition to European football this season. Iker Muniain and Fernando Llorente may be the brightest talents coming through the Athletic ranks, but the solidarity and sheer undying pride the club's fans possess is something that many supporters in this world of modern football could learn from.

Bilbao to show respect to Mirandes

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Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos insists his side will show Mirandes total respect on Tuesday night as the two clubs clash in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Athletic, whose record of 23 Copa titles is second only to Barcelona (25), are favourites heading into the semi-final second leg after earning a 2-1 lead from last week's first meeting at Mirandes' Anduva stadium.

Athletic Bilbao’s Gaizka Toquero Scores Outrageous Backheel Goal vs Albacete (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Athletic Bilbao tonked third-tier side Albacete (bit of trivia: Andres Iniesta is the club's majority shareholder) 4-0 in the Copa del Rey at the San Mames last night, with the third goal of the night being scored by forward Gaizka Toquero a man who, to quote Wikipedia, is 'blessed with few technical skills but is a tremendous hard-worker'.

To Basque...or Not to Basque?

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By Elizabeth Hanchett, writing from Toronto

Athletic Bilbao is famous among football circles for being the only club in the world that insists on signing only local players to their team. Â Athletic was formed in 1898 in Lamiako (now part of the town/municipality of Leioa, about eight kilometers north of Bilbao), Bizkaia by British industrial workers living in the area.

Shit Kits: Athletic Bilbao 2004

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By Ollie Irish

Basque artist Dario Urzay designed this eyepopping shirt to mark Athletic Bilbao's centenary they only wore it in a short UEFA Cup campaign in 2004. Thank God for small mercies. The shirt is supposed to evoke a blood splatter, but it looks more like an explosion in a strawberry jam factory.

Shit Football Kits: Athletic Bilbao 2004

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By Ollie Irish

Basque artist Dario Urzay designed this eyepopping shirt to mark Athletic Bilbao's centenary they only wore it in a short UEFA Cup campaign in 2004. The shirt is supposed to evoke a blood splatter, but it looks more like an explosion in a strawberry jam factory.

If you've never seen Athletic Bilbao's academy, well here they all are! 100 youngsters vs. 11 professionals style!

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If you guys can remember that Japanese game show that had 100 little kids going up against a professional Japanese football club, well, here it is again, but in Basque country. This time, however, the match was not for a game show, but rather for a good cause.Â

Joseba Etxeberria is already a legend at Athletic Bilbao.

Daily Dose: December 16th, 2009, Featuring the Top 20 Italian Players of the Decade

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Some of these men made the list... Top 20 Italian players of the decade, according to (Italy Offside) MLS Christmas wish lists (WVHooligan) England's World Cup 2018 candidate cities and stadiums announced (England WCB) If Wolves vs Man Utd had continued... (Dirty Tackle) This young man will soon be Athletic Bilbao's first black Basque player (BBC Blog) The Women's World Cup [.

Daily Dose: September 21st, 2009.

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Stuff to read while Massimo Bussaca shows a one-finger salute to the fans.... Though the inevitable headline is here. (Avoiding The Drop) A little weekend roundup for the...weekend. (Futfanatico) Craig Bellamy's career lineage rap sheet. (Unprofessional Foul) The Pro Evo 2010 demo released. (Football Fashion) The Basque Wayne Rooney takes the plaudits.

Athletic Bilbao Maintains Perfect Start and Basque Heritage

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Pictures of famous Athletic Bilbao players at San Mamés. Photo courtesy of Nicholas McGowan.

Athletic Bilbao would have no problems with the proposed UEFA plan of mandating eight homegrown players in the squad of eighteen for every match or the theoretical 6 + 5 rule, where six players of the starting eleven would have to be eligible for the national team of their club's country.

Spanish Football

ANDER HERRERA SPANISH FOOTBALL YOUNG PROMISE | ATHLETIC DE BILBAO NEW PLAYER

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ANDER HERRERA scored the winner for the U-21 Spanish Football Team yesterday against Denmark in their International Friendly. The 21 year old has also been signed by Athletic de Bilbao from Real Zaragoza for next season for 8M€ making the young promise the 2º nd highest paid for a player by Athletic de Bilbao.

SPANISH FOOTBALL SOCCER LEAGUE - LA LIGA 2009 - 2010: MONDAY NIGHT RESULT - AT.BILBAO 4 - RACING 3

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Source: Spanish Football Sports Blog /The Spanish Football Soccer League - La Liga - celebrated its now habitual Monday Night game with an ATHLETIC DE BILBAO vs. RACING DE SANTANDER that turned into a festival of goals in the last 20 minutes. The Basque team won 4-3 with a "crazy" 2º half & Racing down to 10 men in the last 10 minutes.

Top Grounds to Visit

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Living as I do away for the heartlands of football, most of my consumption of the game is through television. And whilst the spread of football's popularity is such that today it is practically possible to watch any game that takes you fancy, it is still merely a shadow to the experience that is seeing a game with the fans who are there in the ground.

SFS FLASHBACKS: REAL SOCIEDAD 1980-81 & 1981-82 SPANISH CHAMPIONS

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One of the historical Clubs of Spanish Football is REAL SOCIEDADwho is currently in 2º Division - & has been for a few years (since2007/08) - who are attempting to get back to the elite Division.SFS would like to remind its readers of their 1980-81 & 1981-82back to back titles & only Spanish 1º Division Championships.

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A Potted History: Why Real Sociedad should be your second team...

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A Potted History: Why Real Sociedad should be your second team in Europe this year

By Will Giles

If there were ever any seedlings of doubt about the allure of the Champions League's bright lights and trademark soundtrack, then the climactic resolutions to the battles fought across the continent for final qualifying spots would have quite comprehensively dispelled them.

Arsenal close in on Bilbao defender

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There may be some news after all for Arsenal fans, although nothing is official yet. Arsene Wenger may be finalising a deal to bring the centre back Fernando Amorebieta from Athletic Bilbao. The 27-year old is a Venezuelan international but has lived in Spain's Basque country for most of his life.

Arsenal Line Up Perfect £20m Fabregas Replacement, Dutch Porn Star Offers Sexual Favours for World Cup Win, Tottenham WAG In a Basque, Guess the Ugliest World

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Daily Dose: November 6th, 2009

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Links to click after you vote for one of TVGolo's goals of the week... (my vote went to Didier Drogba and that Chelsea keepy-uppy goal) This can't possibly be true. (Unprofessional Foul) Katy Perry in a West Ham basque, plus other Friday photos (The Beautiful Game) Click this one just for the philosophical question in the comments (Pies) Handbag-gate!