Athletic Bilbao FC

The largest football team is the famous Athletic Bilbao Club. It plays at the San Mames stadium, called la catedral del fútbol (the football's cathedral), which is Spain's oldest built stadium and which can seats 39,750 spectators. Athletic Bilbao Club was one of the founder members of the Spanish football league, La Liga, and has played in the First Division ever since - winning it on eight occasions.

Athletic Club, also commonly known as Athletic Bilbao, is a professional football club, based in Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain.

They are known as Los Leones (The Lions) because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés (Saint Mammes). Mammes was a semi-legendary early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. Mammes pacified the lions and was later made a saint.

The club has played in La Liga since its start in 1929. They have won the league on eight occasions. In the historical classification of La Liga, Athletic are in fourth place and one of only three clubs that have never been relegated from the Liga, the others being Real Madrid and Barcelona. In the table of Copa del Rey titles, Athletic is second only to FC Barcelona, having won the Cup 24 times. The club also has a women's team, which has won four championships in the Primera División Femenina.


Located in the municipality of Lezama, these facilities are the foundation of the Athletic Club and its philosophy. These training facilities are located 10 minutes away from the Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Airport.

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