Athletic Club (women)

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Athletic Club
Club Athletic Bilbao logo.svg
Full name Athletic Club
Nickname(s) Las Leonas
(The Lionesses)
Neskak
(Girls)
Rojiblancas
(Red-Whites)
Founded 2002
Ground Instalaciones de Lezama, Spain
Ground Capacity 1,500
President Josu Urrutia
Manager Joseba Agirre
League Primera División
2016–17 Primera División, 5th

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

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 the new team gained promotion to the new Superliga Femenina in just two years it was absorbed by Athletic Bilbao. In its debut season Athletic won the championship, and it successfully defended the title in the next two seasons, becoming the first team to win the trophy in property.[1] After a disappointing 2006 season, Athletic won its fourth title in 2007. They made consequently four appearances in the UEFA Women's Cup, where it was 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 was third in the next four championships. In 2012 it was the runner-up, and it reached the national cup's final for the first time, losing to RCD Espanyol after extra time.[2] On 5 January 2013 the team celebrated its tenth anniversary beating Arsenal LFC in a friendly match.

On 5 June 2016, Athletic won its fifth league, nine years after its last success.[3] 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.

Honours[edit]

Titles[edit]

Official competitions[edit]

Invitational competitions[edit]

National competition record[edit]

Athletic players celebrating the team's fourth championship on 6 May 2007 in San Mamés
Season Div. Pos. Copa de la Reina
2002–03 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

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 31 March 2017.[4] 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 FW Estibaliz Bajo
3 Spain DF Ainhoa Vicente Moraza
4 Spain DF Garazi Murua
5 Spain MF Maite Lizaso
6 Spain MF Alazne Gómez
7 Spain FW Nekane Díez
8 Spain MF Joana Flaviano
9 Spain FW Irune Murua
10 Spain DF Iraia Iturregi
11 Spain FW Yulema Corres
12 Spain MF Jone Ibáñez
13 Spain GK Jone Guarrotxena
14 Spain MF Eunate Arraiza
No. Position Player
15 Spain FW Lucía García
16 Spain MF Maite Oroz
17 Spain MF Elixabet Ibarra
18 Spain MF Ainhoa Álvarez
19 Spain FW Erika Vázquez
21 Spain DF Vanesa Gimbert
22 Spain GK Andere Legina
23 Spain MF Marta Perea
24 Spain MF Damaris Egurrola
26 Spain DF María Blanco
27 Spain DF Andrea Sierra
28 Spain FW Ane Azkona
29 Spain FW Leia Zárate
32 Spain FW Leyre Monente

Former players[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ A historic triple. El Mundo Deportivo, 18 April 2005
  2. ^ Mari Paz dresses as a queen to give Espanyol its sixth Cup. Marca, 10 June 2012
  3. ^ "El Athletic se proclama campeón de la Primera División Femenina" (in Spanish). LaLiga. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Athletic Club Ladies". Athletic Club. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 

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