According to the American sportswear giants: Nike Football has designed an eye-catching new Athletic Club de Bilbao home kit that retains the club’s unique identity and illustrious history. One of just three clubs never to have been relegated from the Spanish top flight, Athletic Club de Bilbao has won the league eight times and also boasts 24 Copa del Rey titles.
All of this has been achieved using only Basque players or players trained in the region’s academies.
For 2015-16, Nike Football has equipped the squad with advanced performance apparel innovation as it strives to build the club’s legend further.
Athletic Club de Bilbao’s traditional red and white stripes feature prominently on the home shirt. These have become wider and bolder — five stripes are built around a central block of red that travels from the collar down to the hem.
A single red panel runs across the red shoulder blades and sleeves to accentuate this part of the body and so create an even more powerful, commanding on-pitch look.
The shirt boasts a modern, tailored black polo neck collar with buttons concealed beneath the placket. There is a fine red trim around the edge of the collar, which can be turned up to reveal an all-red underside.
Each of the shirt’s flanks features a black stripe, and these continue in white along the sides of the otherwise black shorts.
On the back of the neck sits a small Ikurrina, the Basque flag. This design represents Athletic Club de Bilbao’s pride in their roots.
The new home socks are black with a red band at the top, and a tonal stripe of small red and white chevrons on the calf.