Written by Edd Norval Produced by Tifo Studios

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.

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