There’s a trophy at play for Athletic Club this week. The Rojiblancos take on Real Madrid at La Rosaleda on Thursday in the semi-finals of the Supercopa (Jan 14, 21:00 CET).
It will be the first match between the two sides in this competition. Real Madrid, who are also reigning champions, booked their place in this year’s edition after topping the LaLiga Santander table in 2019-20.
The Lions, being led by new manager Marcelino in his second match in charge, are competing in the new ‘final four’ format for the first time after reaching the 2019-20 Copa del Rey final, which is yet to be played against Basque rivals, Real Sociedad.
They lifted the Supercopa for the first time in 1983-84, without having to compete for it. Athletic had won the Liga and Copa double that same season and back then if a team won both competitions, they would automatically become the Super Cup champions.
The Lions had to fight a bit harder for their second Supercopa win in 2014-15, the most recent addition to their trophy cabinet. Athletic won 5-1 on aggregate against a Barça team that had won the treble (LaLiga, Copa and Champions league) the season before.
In the first leg, Athletic stunned Luis Enrique’s side in Bilbao. Mikel San José got the party started when he spectacular goal from near the half-way line, and striker Aritz Aduriz bagged a hat-trick in a virtuoso performance as the Lions romped to a 4-0 victory.
For Athletic, the return leg in Barcelona was a case of simply maintaining their advantage, which they managed to do. Leo Messi put the home team ahead just before the break, but Athletic held on and in the 75th minute Aduriz put the game beyond doubt, giving the Lions their first trophy in 31 years.
ZOOM I The final from the stands
Video of the Athletic playing and coaching staff watching the match from the stands
Get a ‘Super Champions’ t-shirt
The celebratory t-shirt seen worn by the Lions is now available for purchase
Recibimiento en la Diputación Foral de Bizkaia
Los supercampeones mandan un mensaje de ambición en la recepción de la Diputación: “Seguiremos trabajando para conseguir más títulos”
Live: Supercopa 2021 Reception I Bilbao City Hall
Watch live as Athletic Club head to Bilbao City Hall after last night’s victory
Highlights | FC Barcelona 2-3 Athletic Club
The best moments from Athletic Club’s Supercopa final victory over FC Barcelona in Seville
Williams: “We showed that we are a great team”
The Athletic Club striker picked up the man-of-the-match award for his performance in the victory over Barça
Marcelino: “It’s an incredible achievement”
The coach wins Athletic’s second trophy in the 21st century, after joining the club two weeks ago
SUPER CUP CHAMPIONS!
Athletic beat Barça 2-3 to be crowned Super Cup champions
Half-time: FC Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Club
Goals by Griezmann and De Marcos leave Supercopa 2021 final up in the air
Confirmed line-ups: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club
The line-ups for tonight’s Spanish Super Cup final at La Cartuja, Seville. KO 21:00