Athletic Bilbao B

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Bilbao Athletic
Full name Athletic Club
Nickname(s) Los Leones (The Lions)
Founded 1964
Ground San Mamés
Ground Capacity 54,500
Chairman Josu Urrutia
Manager José Ángel Ziganda
League Segunda División B
2015–16 Segunda División, 22nd (relegated)

Athletic Club de Bilbao "B" is the reserve team of Athletic Bilbao, club based in Bilbao, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Bilbao Athletic will play in the Segunda División in the 2015-16 season, following promotion from the third tier in the previous campaign. Founded in 1964, the team holds home matches at the San Mamés, with a 54,500-seat capacity.

Reserve teams in Spain play in the same football pyramid as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, reserves cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Bilbao Athletic are ineligible for promotion to La Liga. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In addition, only under-23 players, or under-25 with a professional contract, can switch between senior and reserve teams.


The Bilbao Athletic name was first used in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, when both La Liga and the Copa del Rey were suspended; several of top Athletic players subsequently joined the Euskadi XI. This team was put together at the suggestion of José Antonio Aguirre, the president of the Basque Country, himself a former Athletic Bilbao footballer.

The team went on tour to raise funds for the Basque cause, and also played in Europe and Mexico. However, the Campeonato de Vicaya continued to be played. With their best players on tour with the Basque national team, Athletic Bilbao could only field weakened sides and, as a result, chose to enter under the name Bilbao Athletic. Despite this, they still won the championship; the club's name was derived from the two clubs that merged in 1903 to become Athletic Bilbao – Bilbao Football Club and Athletic Club.

The name was revived in 1964, when Athletic Bilbao decided to establish a reserve team with Agustín Gaínza as coach. The new Bilbao Athletic initially played in local regional leagues before winning promotion to Tercera División in 1966, under Rafa Iriondo; in 1969 they first reached Segunda División.

In 1983–84, with José Ángel Iribar as coach, and an emerging Julio Salinas as striker, the reserves finished in second place, only trailing Castilla CF; both teams were ineligible for promotion, and Salinas won the Pichichi.

Bilbao Athletic dropped back down to the third level in 1996, but the main squad continued to be nurtured with several players which had spells with the reserves.

After 19 seasons in the Segunda División B, Bilbao Athletic returned to the second tier after defeating Cádiz CF, 3–1 on aggregate, in the promotion playoffs.


  • As farm team:
    • Club Atlético de Bilbao Amateur (1964–66)
    • Bilbao Atlético Club (1966–72)
    • Bilbao Athletic Club (1972–91)
  • As reserve team:
    • Athletic Club B (1991–)

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1964/65 Regional
1965/66 Regional
1966/67 1st
1967/68 3rd
1968/69 1st
1969/70 13th
1970/71 5th
1971/72 9th
1972/73 5th
1973/74 13th
1974/75 8th
1975/76 4th
1976/77 4th
1977/78 2ªB 5th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1978/79 2ªB 7th
1979/80 2ªB 12th
1980/81 2ªB 3rd
1981/82 2ªB 10th
1982/83 2ªB 1st
1983/84 2nd
1984/85 15th
1985/86 7th
1986/87 6th
1987/88 17th
1988/89 2ªB 1st
1989/90 3rd
1990/91 13th
Season Division Place
1991/92 13th
1992/93 15th
1993/94 14th
1994/95 16th
1995/96 18th
1996/97 2ªB 12th
1997/98 2ªB 2nd
1998/99 2ªB 6th
1999/00 2ªB 8th
2000/01 2ªB 6th
2001/02 2ªB 6th
2002/03 2ªB 4th
2002/03 2ªB 11th
Season Division Place
2004/05 2ªB 9th
2005/06 2ªB 6th
2006/07 2ªB 15th
2007/08 2ªB 15th
2008/09 2ªB 11th
2009/10 2ªB 15th
2010/11 2ªB 12th
2011/12 2ªB 8th
2012/13 2ªB 3rd
2013/14 2ªB 5th
2014/15 2ªB 2nd
2015/16 22th
2016/17 2ªB

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 June 2016[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Unai Etxebarria
Spain GK Unai Simón
Spain DF Óscar Gil
Spain DF Unai Bilbao
Spain DF Yeray Álvarez
Spain DF Julen Arellano
Spain DF Jon Aguirrezabala
Spain DF Andoni López
Spain MF Iker Undabarrena
Spain MF Unai López
Spain MF Aitor Seguín
Spain MF Lander Olaetxea
No. Position Player
Spain MF Jurgi Oteo
Spain MF Mikel Vesga
Spain MF Gorka Iturraspe
Spain MF Martín Bengoa
Spain MF Iñigo Córdoba
Spain MF Gorka Pérez
Spain MF Urtzi Urcelay
Spain MF Tarsi Aguado
Spain FW Gorka Santamaría
Spain FW Asier Villalibre
Spain FW Gorka Guruzeta
France FW Yanis Rahmani



Main article: Lezama Facilities

For playing big matches, they use San Mamés, the first team stadium.

Bilbao Athletic in training

Selected managers[edit]

Famous players[edit]

See also: Category:Bilbao Athletic footballers

Note: this list contains players who have appeared in at least 100 league games for the first team or have reached international status.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BILBAO ATHLETIC 2015-16; Athletic's official website

External links[edit]