Athletic Bilbao are a mirror highlighting what other clubs are becoming - corporate, faceless entities with very little connection to their increasingly alienated fan-base. With the Basque-only policy, Athletic Bilbao should never have this problem.February 8, 2019
Bilbao, the capital of Spain’s Basque Country, has a deeply idiosyncratic culture – from their separatist sentiment to their unique language Euskera. It is a part of Spain, yet completely unique. Unsurprisingly, this bleeds into their football as well. As a beacon for the Basque people, Athletic Bilbao have come to fly the region’s flag in Spain.
One of the most singular facets of the club is their ‘Basque-only’ player policy. It’s an aspect of the club that operates both in the realm of identity and economy with multifaceted repercussions in each.