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Why does Athletic Club take out the Gabarra in the celebrations of their titles?

Jesus Carames

May 13, 2014 | 8:42 a.m.

The celebration of one of the victories | Photo: Agencies.

On only two occasions has Athletic Club celebrated its football victories by sailing along the Ría de Bilbao on the famous barge named 'Athletic'. The first time that the Bilbao team took out the boat was in 1983, to celebrate the League title. A year later, in 1984, the people of Bilbao took out the barge again to celebrate the League and the Copa del Rey. Why does the rojiblanco team take out the boat to celebrate these victories?

Athletic Club began to use the barge thanks to the traditional Biscayan song that narrated the history of the Athletic players: «A barge was going down the Nervión river, rumba-la-rumba-la-rum, with eleven players from the Atxuritarra team, rumba-la-rumba-la-rum, the Bilbao rumba”. Since then, and thanks to that song, the Athletic Club has celebrated its triumphs in the flat-hulled boat that sails without a motor.

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