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Sep. 25th, 2006 @ 08:46 pm Is Idealism Dying With Bilbao?

Is Idealism Dying With Bilbao?

Athletic Bilbao are one of the most remarkable teams in European football. Since 1912, the club has survived and at times flourished, with the strict guiding philosophy that only players born or raised in the local region may pull on the club's famous red and white shirts. In 2006, it is this principle that may well bring about the demise of this proud Basque club.

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Date:September 25th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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wah, lj cut por favor!
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Date:September 25th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Date:September 25th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Fascinating to read, when I was younger I had a penpal who was from Bilbao, and supported her local team. We used to takl via letters for years about our sharred passion for football.

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Date:September 26th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Not idealism no. If clubs are supposed to be mini versions of countries then set it out in the rules. If not then accept that it's fine for clubs to have fans and players from all over the world. And think of the disadvantages of the mini-country system, two great players in the same position from the same area, can't accomodate both, so at least one can't achieve his full potential due to lack of game time available, swings and roundabouts.