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The 2015–16 season was the 117th in Athletic Club’s history and the 85th in the top tier.[1][2] On 17 August 2015, Athletic defeated Barcelona 5–1 on aggregate to win the Supercopa de España, the club's first silverware since 1984.

Athletic Bilbao
2015–16 season
PresidentJosu Urrutia
Head coachErnesto Valverde
StadiumSan Mamés
La Liga5th
Copa del ReyQuarter-finals
UEFA Europa LeagueQuarter-finals
Supercopa de EspañaWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Aritz Aduriz (20)
All: Aritz Aduriz (36)
Highest home attendance47,785 (vs Real Sociedad, 21 February 2016)
Lowest home attendance19,871 (vs Linense, 16 December 2015)

Contents

SquadEdit

According to the official website.[3] Sabin Merino wore number 25 in domestic matches.

Player statisticsEdit

S P N Name Super Cup League Cup Europe Total
A S G M A S G M A S G M A S G M A S G M
1 GK   Gorka Iraizoz (vc) 2 0 0 180 37 0 0 3244 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 0 0 3424
2 DF   Eneko Bóveda 1 1 0 96 15 8 0 1462 2 1 0 183 7 2 0 620 25 12 0 2361
3 DF   Gorka Elustondo 0 1 0 22 4 7 1 465 1 0 0 90 4 6 2 398 9 14 3 975
4 DF   Aymeric Laporte 2 0 0 180 25 1 3 2213 5 0 2 450 12 0 0 1080 44 1 5 3923
5 MF   Javier Eraso 2 0 0 166 8 8 2 778 5 0 1 396 8 1 2 610 23 9 4 1950
6 MF   Mikel San José 1 0 1 90 30 4 2 2691 2 4 0 234 10 0 1 893 43 8 4 3908
7 MF   Beñat Etxebarria 2 0 0 172 31 4 1 2900 3 2 0 303 11 1 2 1023 47 7 3 4398
8 MF   Ander Iturraspe 0 0 0 0 7 9 0 700 4 0 0 337 4 4 0 392 15 13 0 1429
10 DF   Óscar de Marcos 2 0 0 180 33 1 1 2886 4 1 1 363 11 2 0 1055 50 4 2 4484
11 FW   Ibai Gómez 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 115 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 228 4 5 0 343
13 GK   Iago Herrerín 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 174 6 0 0 540 16 0 0 1470 23 1 0 2184
14 FW   Markel Susaeta (3rd c) 2 0 0 174 22 6 3 1920 4 0 0 272 11 2 2 1040 39 8 5 3406
15 FW   Iñaki Williams 0 0 0 0 20 5 8 1638 5 0 3 417 4 3 2 374 29 8 13 2429
16 DF   Xabier Etxeita 2 0 0 158 28 2 0 2485 4 0 1 360 11 0 0 1020 45 2 1 4023
17 MF   Mikel Rico 0 1 0 7 8 9 1 691 2 1 1 177 4 5 0 431 14 16 2 1306
18 MF   Carlos Gurpegi (c) 1 1 0 104 12 3 0 1143 1 0 0 90 6 1 0 550 20 5 0 1887
19 MF   Iker Muniain 0 0 0 0 13 7 2 1020 1 2 0 106 3 2 0 239 17 11 2 1365
20 FW   Aritz Aduriz 2 0 4 169 30 4 20 2776 4 1 2 364 13 1 10 1177 49 6 36 4486
21 FW   Borja Viguera 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 289 1 0 0 90 2 4 0 240 6 10 0 619
22 MF   Raúl García 0 0 0 0 27 3 7 2384 2 0 1 158 7 2 3 671 36 5 11 3213
24 DF   Mikel Balenziaga 2 0 0 180 33 1 0 2906 3 1 0 273 11 0 0 1005 49 2 0 4364
25 DF   Enric Saborit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 90 1 0 0 90
27 FW   Sabin Merino 1 0 0 66 13 9 5 1129 2 2 0 224 5 6 2 540 21 17 7 1959
30 DF   Iñigo Lekue 0 1 0 24 12 8 1 1157 4 1 0 375 6 2 0 514 22 12 1 2070
Players moved to reserve team or on loan in winter transfer window
9 FW   Kike Sola 0 1 0 5 1 4 0 74 1 1 2 121 3 0 2 230 5 6 4 430
23 MF   Ager Aketxe 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 186 0 1 0 17 3 3 0 283 5 5 0 486

Disciplinary recordEdit

S P N Name Super Cup League Cup Europe Total
                             
1 GK   Gorka Iraizoz 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1
2 DF   Eneko Bóveda 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
3 DF   Gorka Elustondo 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
4 DF   Aymeric Laporte 0 0 0 7 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 10 1 1
5 MF   Javier Eraso 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0
6 MF   Mikel San José 1 0 0 6 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 10 0 1
7 MF   Beñat Etxebarria 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 14 0 0
8 MF   Ander Iturraspe 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
10 DF   Óscar de Marcos 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 10 0 0
11 FW   Ibai Gómez 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
13 GK   Iago Herrerín 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW   Markel Susaeta 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
15 FW   Iñaki Williams 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0
16 DF   Xabier Etxeita 1 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 0
17 MF   Mikel Rico 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
18 MF   Carlos Gurpegi 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0
19 MF   Iker Muniain 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0
20 FW   Aritz Aduriz 1 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 12 0 0
21 FW   Borja Viguera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
22 MF   Raúl García 0 0 0 10 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 14 0 0
24 DF   Mikel Balenziaga 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 11 0 0
25 DF   Enric Saborit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW   Sabin Merino 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
30 DF   Iñigo Lekue 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Players moved to reserve team or on loan in winter transfer window
9 FW   Kike Sola 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 MF   Ager Aketxe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

From the youth systemEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25   DF Enric Saborit
27   FW Sabin Merino
30   DF Iñigo Lekue

TransferEdit

In

Date Name Moving from Fee
5 June 2015   Eneko Bóveda   Eibar Free
  Javier Eraso   Leganés
1 July 2015   Gorka Elustondo   Real Sociedad
31 August 2015   Raúl García   Atlético Madrid Undisclosed

Out

Date Name Moving to Fee
15 June 2015   Andoni Iraola   New York City Free
8 July 2015   Unai Bustinza   Leganés Loan
12 July 2015   Unai Albizua Free
14 July 2015   Gaizka Toquero   Alavés Free
23 July 2015   Erik Morán   Zaragoza Loan
13 August 2015   Jon Aurtenetxe   Tenerife
  Guillermo Fernández   Leganés
15 January 2016   Kike Sola   Middlesbrough

StaffEdit

According to the official website.[4]

Position Name
Head coach Ernesto Valverde
Assistant coach Jon Aspiazu
Technical coaches Joseba Etxeberria, Alberto Iglesias
Physical coaches José Antonio Pozanco, Xabier Clemente
Goalkeeper coach Aitor Iru
Representative Andoni Imaz
Doctors Josean Lekue, Paco Angulo
Masseur Juan Manuel Ipiña
Physiotherapists Álvaro Campa, Beñat Azula, Isusko Ortuzar
Podiatrist Kepa Galardi
Materials managers Txetxu Gallego, Jon Eskalza, Iker López

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

For the second time in their history (117 years), Athletic played in the United States when they shut out Club Tijuana 2–0 in a preseason contest in Boise, Idaho on 18 July 2015. The team's first trip to the U.S. took place on 4 April 1967 in Chicago, when Athletic beat Red Star Belgrade 3–1, also in a friendly.[5]

CompetitionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Competition First match Last match Starting round Final position Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
La Liga 23 August 2015 14 May 2016 - 5th 38 18 8 12 58 45 +13 047.37
Europa League 30 July 2015 14 April 2016 Third qualifying round Quarter-finals 16 9 3 4 28 17 +11 056.25
Copa del Rey 2 December 2015 27 January 2016 Round of 32 Quarter-finals 6 4 0 2 14 7 +7 066.67
Supercopa de España 14 August 2015 17 August 2015 - Winners 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4 050.00
Total 62 32 12 18 105 70 +35 051.61
Source: Competitions

Supercopa de EspañaEdit

La LigaEdit

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
3 Atlético Madrid 38 28 4 6 63 18 +45 88 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
4 Villarreal 38 18 10 10 44 35 +9 64 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Athletic Bilbao 38 18 8 12 58 45 +13 62 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Celta Vigo 38 17 9 12 51 59 −8 60
7 Sevilla 38 14 10 14 51 50 +1 52 Qualification for the Champions League group stage[b]
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points; 7) Play-off.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey, Barcelona, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot awarded to the sixth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.
  2. ^ Sevilla qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. Based on their league position (7th), they would have received the spot above to enter the Europa League third qualifying round. This spot was vacated without replacement as per UEFA regulations.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 18 8 12 58 45  +13 62 11 4 4 35 17  +18 7 4 8 23 28  −5

Round by round

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH
ResultLLWLLDWDWWWLWDLWWDLLWWDLLWWWWLDWWLDWDW
Position17201013151713141288977977689866787766766556565

MatchesEdit

Copa del ReyEdit

Round of 32

Round of 16

Quarter-finals

UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

Qualifying phaseEdit

Third qualifying round

Play-off round

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Athletic Bilbao 6 4 1 1 16 8 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase
2   Augsburg 6 3 0 3 12 11 +1 9
3   Partizan 6 3 0 3 10 14 −4 9
4   AZ 6 1 1 4 8 13 −5 4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phaseEdit

Round of 32

Round of 16

Quarter-finals

ReferencesEdit