Athletic Club

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

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7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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