Such a day as today, on 6 April 1931, Athletic Club became the first club in LaLiga to gain a league title two consecutive times, after having won the competition the previous season. With two leagues conquered out of the three that had been held up to then, the lions stood as the most powerful national football team. On June 21 that same year, Athletic completed a league and cup double after defeating Betis Balompié 3-1 in the Copa final.
Athletic were able to win the league despite losing 1-2 that day against Real Unión at San Mamés and despite a triple tie with Real Santander RC and Real Sociedad at the top of the table, with 22 points. The goal average system was used to break the tie, being Athletic’s goal average far better than their opponents’.
In fact, the Red and Whites established a new record by scoring 73 goals, ten more than the season before, (+40 was their goal difference, while +12 and +3 were Real Santander’s and Real Sociedad’s respectively). Besides, Agustín Sauto Bata increased the maximum number of goals scored by a single player to 27 (Gorostiza, the highest scorer the previous season had registered 20 goals), with an average of 1.58 goals per game, the highest number in the history of the competition.
The Liga was played by the following ten teams that year: Arenas Club, Athletic Club, CD Alavés, FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, CD Europa, Real Santander RC, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Real Unión.
With the Liga and Copa Acha trophys (probably the one corresponding to the season 1930/31), Athletic’s squad against Real Unión de Irun at San Mamés: Lafuente, Unamuno, Blasco, Uribe, Urquizu, Castellanos, Roberto Echevarria, Gorostiza and Chirri II. Down: Petreñas, Muguerza and Bata.
Full Match: Athletic Club – RCD Espanyol (LaLiga 2019-20)
Enjoy on our YouTube channel the match played this season in San Mamés
The best pictures of the training session (Friday 29)
Athletic Club’s First Team trains in Lezama for the fifth day in a row
Full Match: Athletic Club – Rayo Vallecano (LaLiga 2018-19)
Enjoy on our YouTube channel this game played last season at San Mamés
De Marcos: “People have been very careful in this break”
Press conference of the Athletic Club player in Lezama
The best pictures of the training session (Thursday 28)
Athletic Club’s First Team trains in Lezama for the fourth day in a row
70th anniversary of the 18th Cup title
Athletic won their 18th Cup title on 28 May 1950 after a 4-1 win over Real Valladolid during the extra-time
Full Match: Athletic Club – Deportivo Alavés (LaLiga 2017-18)
Enjoy on our YouTube channel this derby played at San Mamés
The best pictures of the training session (Wednesday 27)
Athletic Club’s First Team continues the preparation for the return to LaLiga
Full match: Athletic Club – SD Eibar (LaLiga 2016-17)
The 14th match of the LaLiga 2016-17 faced Athletic Club and SD Eibar in San…
The best training images (tue. 26)
Gaizka Garitano’s team continue preparing its return to LaLiga