Athletic Bilbao’s Gaizka Garitano: ‘When I got married I bought a flat next to the training ground’ | Will Unwin


The head coach is proud of Athletic Bilbao’s Basque-only policy and the club’s English links dating back 121 years

Gaizka Garitano passionately explains why Athletic Bilbao is the antidote to modern football: “It is different when you play not just for money, not just to win titles but we play for our jersey, for our values, for our families, friends, it is something special in the world.”

Athletic use only players from the Basque country, covering north-east Spain and south-west France, a policy they have stuck to since its conception in 1912. Garitano is the head coach and epitomises everything Athletic stand for; born and raised 10 minutes from the club’s training ground, he came through the academy to represent the first team just once.

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Source: Football News
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