Athletic Club Femenino

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Athletic Femenino
Club Athletic Bilbao logo.svg
Full name Athletic Club Femenino
Nickname(s) Las Leonas
(The Lionesses)
Neskak
(Girls)
Rojiblancas
(Red-Whites)
Founded 2002; 16 years ago (2002)
Ground Instalaciones de Lezama,
Biscay, Spain
Capacity 1,500
President Josu Urrutia
Manager Joseba Agirre
League Primera División
2017–18 Primera División, 3rd
Website Club website

Athletic Club Femenino is the women's football (soccer) section of Athletic Bilbao, competing in the Spanish First Division. Athletic is one of the most successful women's teams in Spain, with five championships. Just as with the men's team, their official policy is to sign players native to or trained in football in the greater Basque Country. The teams play at the club's facilities in Lezama on the outskirts of Bilbao.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2000 as Leioa EFT after CD Sondika disbanded its women's team, which had played in the defunct División de Honor in the 1990s. After Leoia gained promotion to the new Superliga Femenina in just two years, it was absorbed by Athletic Bilbao. At that time a reserve team, Athletic B, was also introduced – they currently compete in Group 2 of the Segunda División, the regionalised second tier.[1]

In their debut season Athletic won the championship, and successfully defended the title in the next two seasons, becoming the first team to be awarded the trophy to keep permanently.[2] After a disappointing 2006 season, Athletic won its fourth title in 2007. As a result of their title wins they made four appearances in the UEFA Women's Cup, being knocked out in the group stages by 1. FFC Frankfurt in 2004, Djurgårdens IF in 2005, SV Saestum in 2006 and ASDCF Bardolino in 2008.

Athletic finished third in the next four championships between 2008 and 2011. In 2012 they were runners-up, and reached the Copa de la Reina final for the first time, losing to RCD Espanyol after extra time.[3] On 5 January 2013 the team celebrated its tenth anniversary, beating Arsenal LFC in a friendly match. They were cup runners-up again in 2014, this time losing on penalties to FC Barcelona, having finished second behind the same club in the league.

On 5 June 2016, Athletic won its fifth league title, nine years after its last success.[4] They competed in the UEFA Women's Champions League the following season, where they were eliminated by Danish champions Fortuna Hjorring in the Round of 32.

In June 2017, the club announced they would introduce a second reserve team for the coming season, made up of girls aged 13 to 15.[5]

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa de la Reina[6]
2000–01[a] Provincial 1st[7] N/A
2001–02[a] Primera Nac. 1st[8][9] N/A
2002–03[b] 1st Quarterfinals
2003–04 1st Semifinals
2004–05 1st Quarterfinals
2005–06 5th Quarterfinals
2006–07 1st Quarterfinals
2007–08 3rd Quarterfinals
2008–09 3rd Quarterfinals
2009–10 3rd Quarterfinals
2010–11 3rd Quarterfinals
2011–12 2nd Runner-up
2012–13 2nd Quarterfinals
2013–14 2nd Runner-up
2014–15 3rd Quarterfinals
2015–16 1st Quarterfinals
2016–17 5th Quarterfinals
2017–18 3rd Semifinals
  1. ^ a b As Leioa EFT
  2. ^ As Athletic Club (2002–03 onwards)

Honours[edit]

Titles[edit]

Athletic players celebrating the team's fourth championship on 6 May 2007 at San Mamés.

Official competitions[edit]

Invitational competitions[edit]

UEFA competition record[edit]

Season Competition Stage Result Opponent Scorers
2003–04
0
0
Women's Cup
0
0
Group stage
0
0
2–0
5–2
1–8
Austria Neulengbach
Portugal 1º Dezembro
Germany Frankfurt
Castrillo, Fernández
Iturregi 2, Angulo, Ferreira, Ibarra
Juaristi
2004–05
0
0
Women's Cup
0
0
Qualifying stage
0
0
10–3
1–1
5–0
Northern Ireland Newtownabbey Strikers
Israel Maccabi Holon
Romania Clujana
Sánchez 2, Fernández, Ferreira, Iturregi, Onaindia, Orueta, Vázquez, Zabala + 1 o.g.
Juaristi
Fernández 2, Vázquez 2, Orueta
Group stage
0
0
2–2
2–3
5–1
England Arsenal
Sweden Djurgården/Älvsjö
Greece Aegina
Iturregi, Vázquez
Ferreira, Olabarrieta
Vázquez, Fernández, Ibarra, Murua
2005–06
0
0
Women's Cup
0
0
Qualifying stage
0
0
6–2
3–0
1–1
Scotland Glasgow City
Belgium Rapide Wezemaal
Netherlands Saestum
Vázquez 3, Fernández, Gurrutxaga, Juaristi
Fernández, Juaristi, Orueta
Fernández
2007–08
0
0
Women's Cup
0
0
Qualifying stage
0
0
4–0
16–0
0–1
Slovenia Krka Novo Mesto
Malta Birkirkara
Italy Bardolino
Díez, Ferreira, Murua, Vázquez
Vázquez 7, Juaristi 3, Olabarrieta 2, Díez, Iturregi, Murua, Sánchez
0
2016–17
0
0
Women's Champions League
0
0
Round of 32
0
0
2–1
1–3 (a.e.t.)
Denmark Fortuna Hjørring Corres, Oroz
Vázquez
0

Players[edit]

As of 15 February 2018.[10] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Ainhoa Tirapu
2 Spain DF Andrea Sierra
3 Spain DF Ainhoa Vicente Moraza
4 Spain DF Garazi Murua
5 Spain MF Ainhoa Álvarez
6 Spain MF Alazne Gómez
7 Spain FW Nekane Díez
9 Spain FW Yulema Corres
10 Spain MF Maite Oroz
11 Spain MF Jone Ibáñez
13 Spain GK Andere Legina
14 Spain MF Eunate Arraiza
15 Spain MF María Díaz
No. Position Player
16 Spain MF Damaris Egurrola
17 Spain FW Lucía García
18 Spain MF Marta Perea
19 Spain FW Erika Vázquez
20 Spain FW Leia Zárate
21 Spain DF Vanesa Gimbert
22 Spain DF Ane Bergara
24 Spain FW Ane Azkona
26 Spain DF María Blanco
32 Spain FW Leyre Monente
Spain DF Marta Unzué (on loan from Barcelona)
Spain MF Oihane Hernández

Former players[edit]

For details of current and former players, see Category:Athletic Bilbao (women) players.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletic Club B – players 2016–17". official website. Athletic Bilbao. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  2. ^ A historic triple. El Mundo Deportivo, 18 April 2005
  3. ^ Mari Paz dresses as a queen to give Espanyol its sixth Cup. Marca, 10 June 2012
  4. ^ "El Athletic se proclama campeón de la Primera División Femenina" (in Spanish). LaLiga. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Third ladies' team for Athletic". official website. Athletic Bilbao. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Ladies - Cup 2016-17 (other seasons can be selected)". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Territorial Vizcaína Femenina 2000–01" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Primera Nacional Femenina (Grupo 1) 2001–02" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Fase de ascenso a Superliga (Grupo 2) 2001–02" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Athletic Club Ladies". Athletic Club. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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