Athletic Club was founded in 1898 and is one of three founding members of the Spanish La Liga that have never been relegated from the top division -along with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona- since its inception in 1929. Besides, Athletic Club is not a public limited company as well as other three teams in La Liga so that means the club is still ruled by their members.
Athletic Club have won La Liga on eight occasions, as well as 24 Copa del Rey and 2 Supercups titles. In spite of that, the club is recognized for taking over the protection of some values less and less common in football nowadays.
Athletic’s self-pride reflects on its home-grown players policy, that makes the difference with any other philosophy in the global football. Moreover, this philosophy lays on the principles followed by Athletic Club’s policy that consist in bringing Basque young players through the ranks, as well as recruiting players from other Basque clubs, which includes Biscay, Gipuzkoa, Alava, Navarre, Labourd, Soule and Lower Navarre. Players born in these areas can also play for Athletic Club.