Álex Berenguer has had an immediate impact at Athletic Club. The Lions’ most recent addition made his first start for Athletic against Levante on Sunday and the left-winger topped off the moment by bagging a first goal for his new side.
Since the turn of the century, only five other Athletic players have scored on their full debuts in LaLiga Santander: Markel Susaeta, Joseba Del Olmo, Raúl García, Peru Nolaskoain and Asier Villalibre.
Markel Susaeta made his full debut in the 2007-08 season, starting in a 3-1 defeat against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The winger scored his first Athletic goal in the 71st minute, tucking away a poorly timed punch clearance by Víctor Valdés.
In 2008-09, left-winger Joseba Del Olmo scored during his first Athletic Club start. Del Olmo got the equaliser as Athletic, then managed by Joaquín Caparrós, fell to a 2-1 away defeat against UD Almeria.
The other two lions to have scored on their full LaLiga debuts for Athletic are in the current squad. Attacking midfielder Raúl García got Athletic’s second of the match on his first start, with the Lions going on to beat Getafe CF 3-1 on Matchday 3 of the 2015-16 season.
Defender Peru Nolaskoain got his first goal on his first start when Athletic played CD Leganés at San Mamés in their 2018-19 LaLiga opener. Finally, striker Asier Villalibre celebrated wildly after grabbing a goal on his full debut as the lions drew 1-1 in a LaLiga clash against RCD Espanyol.
Vesga: “We want to put a run of form together”
Mikel Vesga admits the priority, after the big win against Real Betis, is sustaining the level reached by the Lions
Watch: Mikel Vesga press conference
Live stream of the midfielder’s virtual press conference from Lezama
Mission to maintain form at Getafe
Athletic Club will play Getafe this Sunday (16:15 CET) with the goal of picking up where they left off against Real Betis at San Mamés
ZOOM I Watching Athletic from home
We watched the match against Beits with a family of die-hard Athletic fans led by Inaxio, an eight-year-old club member
This century’s San Mamés goalfests
We recap the previous occasions in which Athletic have defeated a league rival by four or more goals during this century.
Highlights: the best action from Athletic – Betis
Relive Athletic Club’s Monday night goal fest (4-0) against Real Betis in their LaLiga 2020-21 matchday ten fixture
The Lions devour Betis
Gaizka Garitano’s squad sit in eighth place in the LaLiga Santander table after winning 4-0. There was an own goal by Víctor Ruiz, as well as strikes for Capa, Muniain and Berenguer
Confirmed line-ups: Athletic Club vs Real Betis
The starting XIs for tonight’s LaLiga clash at San Mamés
Squad list: Athletic Club-Real Betis (LaLiga Matchday 10)
The 23 players in Athletic’s squad for Monday’s LaLiga clash at San Mamés
Garitano: “It’s important to get points at San Mamés”
The boss previews Athletic’s upcoming LaLiga Santander match against Real Betis