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17 minutes ago, Kanji said:

Never knew there was a bond between the Athletic Bilbao and NUFC. That’s awesome. Going to focus a little more on them in La Liga after reading that. 

 

They were founded by Sunderland fans for what it's worth

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30 minutes ago, Kanji said:

Never knew there was a bond between the Athletic Bilbao and NUFC. That’s awesome. Going to focus a little more on them in La Liga after reading that. 


 


 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Rafalove said:


 

They weren’t.

Thought they were founded by British migrants, some of whom were Sunderland fans?

 

Football was introduced to Bilbao by two distinct groups with British connections: British workers and Basque students returning from schools in Britain. In the late 19th century, Bilbao was a leading industrial town and attracted many migrant workers, including miners from the north-east of England and shipyard workers from Southampton, Portsmouth and Sunderland. They brought with them the game of football and came together to form Bilbao Football Club

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The official history as I understand it is that football was introduced to the area by British workers of indeterminate origin (allegedly from the south coast and North East), but it wasn’t until about 15 years later that Athletic started wearing red and white stripes and that was because it was the only shirts they could get their hands on.

 

Every club has a Bilbao link they like to amp up. I file most of them as apocryphal bollocks alongside “Brian Clough was almost our manager” and “we nearly signed a young Maradona”.

 

 

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7 hours ago, christ said:

The official history as I understand it is that football was introduced to the area by British workers of indeterminate origin (allegedly from the south coast and North East), but it wasn’t until about 15 years later that Athletic started wearing red and white stripes and that was because it was the only shirts they could get their hands on.

 

Every club has a Bilbao link they like to amp up. I file most of them as apocryphal bollocks alongside “Brian Clough was almost our manager” and “we nearly signed a young Maradona”.

 

 

 


https://www.sheffieldunited.news/news/when-diego-maradona-nearly-joined-sheffield-united-and-real-reason-deal-didnt-happen/?amp

 

I’m pretty sure that guy on the documentary that mentioned Sunderland just got the wrong English red & white club but they’ve latched on to it still. Sheff Utd nearly signed him.

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Finally we aren’t just playing totally boring and shite teams. Been a while since we had these kind of friendlies, especially this many interesting ones.

 

What Flip said :lol:

 

 

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Playing against top European sides is exactly the way you prepare yourself for being a top European side.

 

Reet lads, play this lot and we will see how good you are.

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1 minute ago, STM said:

Playing against top European sides is exactly the way you prepare yourself for being a top European side.

 

Reet lads, play this lot and we will see how good you are.

Doesn't make sense. Surely playing some league 2 shite is better preparation than playing actually good teams? What if they beat us and the players gets sad? 

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Ahh happy memories. Drank the place dry of superbock

3 kids and a wife later al probs need to give this one a miss

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Nobody said:

Doesn't make sense. Surely playing some league 2 shite is better preparation than playing actually good teams? What if they beat us and the players gets sad? 

If the players gets sad that's when you give them a couple days off and then fuck off to Portugal.

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27 minutes ago, Flip said:

Fantastic pre-season opponents. Finally! 

 

Always wondered why our preseason friendlies just kept getting lower quality. 

 

Better teams, better tests. Also the commercial side of them is surely better also?

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