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Mikel González analyzes the 2023-24 season in Lezama

Athletic Club A deep analysis of the 2023-24 season in Lezama

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 13, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.

Mikel González and Sergio Navarro detail the successes and challenges of Athletic Club during the 2023-24 season in a key press conference

The 2023-24 season It has been especially significant for Athletic Club, marked by important achievements and the consolidation of a long-term strategy in Lezama. The club has won the Cup title, qualified for European competitions and has seen the promotion of Bilbao Athletic to Primera RFEF. In addition, Unai Simón has won the Zamora trophy, and six young players have joined the main squad under the direction of Ernesto Valverde.

This success is not a coincidence, but the result of a strategic plan implemented since the 2022-23 campaign. According to Mikel González, General Director of Football, this plan has established 56 key results, with ambitious and achievable objectives that are now beginning to bear fruit. The feeling within the club is one of strength and attraction, based on the recruitment and development of local talent.

Details of sports development in Lezama

In terms of sporting development, Athletic has taken significant steps. 77% of the men and 73% of the Lezama players are from Biscay, which reflects a strong commitment to local talent. During this season, six players have debuted in the first team, accumulating more than 4.000 minutes of play and 42 starts. This progress has multiplied its market value by 12, a clear indicator that the objectives are being met and the team competes at a high level.

Athletic Club A deep analysis of the 2023-24 season in Lezama

In the women's team, coached by David Aznar, youth is a notable characteristic. Eight under-23 players are part of the team, and the youngest starters are no older than 24 years old, which makes this team the youngest eleven in the F League. This rejuvenation of the squad promises a bright future for Athletic Club women's football.

The impact of Bilbao Athletic and the future strategy

Bilbao Athletic, under the direction of Carlos Gurpegui, has achieved an outstanding promotion to Primera RFEF. With an average age of 20,2 years, the team has incorporated nine players from Basconia and two from Juvenil, showing a clear line of internal promotion. This success is complemented by the fact that eight players have been called up by Valverde and six of them have made their debut in the first team, demonstrating the effectiveness of the club's training system.

Looking to the future, the club plans to continue participating in the Premier League as an opportunity to evaluate its level in more physical football and expand the Athletic brand abroad. Navarro, director of Lezama, emphasizes that although there were errors that led to a previous relegation, the current score allows the club to experience a historic year, always thinking about the medium and long term.

In conclusion, Athletic Club has experienced a 2023-24 season full of successes and significant advances in its sports project. With a clear and ambitious strategy, Lezama continues to be the solid foundation on which the club's future is built, with a strong emphasis on local talent and youth development. This approach ensures that Athletic continues to compete at the highest level and maintains its unique identity in the world of football.

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