Athletic Bilbao Club BadgeAthletic Bilbao Shirts are a testament to the history of Spanish Football.
Founded in 1898, Athletic Club are the oldest of Spain's major clubs, and as the canny Basques like to point out, the Athletic Bilbao Jersey predates the FC Barcelona Shirt by a year.
As you will observe in the Retro Shirts section, originally Athletic Bilbao shirts were blue and white.
In 1910, Athletic Club Director Juan Elorduy was sent to England to buy 50 Blackburn Rovers shirts but when he got there they were out of stock.
Desperate not to return empty handed, just before getting on the boat back to Spain in Southampton, he decided to buy 50 Southampton FC shirts.
He argued that the shirts included two of the colours of the red, white and green Basque flag and Athletic Bilbao Shirts have retained the same design ever since.
Athletic Bilbao Home Shirt 2011-12The Athletic Bilbao home shirt is a beautiful traditional shirt in red and white stripes accompanied by black shorts and socks.
The colours are very much in keeping with the traditional image of a club that only signs Basque players.
The Athletic Club Badge is also red and white and shows a picture of a Basque village.
Athlic Club de Bilbao is sponsored by Petronor and, after a period of making and selling their shirts themselves - which made them almost like gold dust - Athletic Club has handed over the task of shirt production and promotion to Umbro .
With Liga BBVA and Spain stars such as Fernando Llorente, Iker Muniain and Javi Martinez, Athletic Bilbao shirts can be worn with pride..
Athletic Bilbao Away Shirt 2011-12
For the last few seasons, the Athletic Bilbao Away Shirt has been blue and white harking back to the club's original shirt design.
However, for the 2011-12 season away jersey, Athletic Club offer a shirt in the green, red and white of the Basque flag, which reflect the national roots of Athletic Bilbao jerseys.
This page provides a full range of Athletic Bilbao kit and you can also personalise your shirt with your own name, the name and number of one of the current Atletico stars and also add the official Liga BBVA patch.
I am currently working on finding a choice of Athletic Bilbao Jerseys for the US and Rest of the World so please check back on this page regularly.
Athletic Bilbao 1898-1911
Athletic Bilbao 1960s
The Athletic Club Retro Jerseys on offer tell the story of the Basque Lions!
The first of the illustrations I have chosen the is the 1898-1910 Athletic Bilbao shirt in blue and white and is a real collectors' piece.
As I mentioned in the introduction, this is the original Athletic Bilbao shirt design and is based on the old Blackburn Rovers jersey.
It also features the original Athletic Bilbao club badge - the Athletic Club crest didn't take on it's current design until after the Spanish Civil War.
You can also buy lovely 1950s and 1960s red and white Athletic Bilbao retro shirt.
I particularly like the shirt collar on the 1950s jersey but equally, the rounded collar on the 1960s design also takes me back to a Golden Age of Spanish Football.
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