Campeonato Vizcaya Champions & Record 1922-23 to 1939-40
|1924-25||Arenas Club||10||7||1||2||24||7||15 *|
|1934-36||see Note 2|
|1939-40||Athletic Club de Bilbao||8||7||1||0||25||4||15|
Note: * Arenas Club and Athletic Club finished level on Points. Arenas Club won playoff 2-1, which did not count in table.
Note 2: The Campeonato Vizcaya, Campeonato Guipuzcoa and Campeonato Navarra played a combined Copa Vasco (Basque Cup) from 1934-35 to 1935-36.
The Era 1913 to 1940 was one in which the top Basque Soccer Clubs: Athletic Club de Bilbao, Real Socieded and Osasuna all played in the Regional Leagues. Unsurprisingly Athletic Club de Bilbao (Athletic Club as it was known in the early years), the original, most famous and most successful Basque Soccer team, won most of the Campeonato Vizcaya Championships – one of the Basque Provinces Leagues. Athletic Club won 11 of the 13 Championship played in this era, with their biggest rivals then Arenas Club of Ibaiondo winning the other two.
The Basque Country in Northern Iberia (Spain) and South West France has a proven genetic link with The Welsh and Irish Celts, with geneticists proving a strong genetic link between the three races/peoples going back to the Neolithic, before farming was introduced from the Near East [References: 3]. The three languages are among the oldest in Europe, with Basque pre-dating Indo-European languages thought to have arrived in Europe with farming, and Celtic languages showing a strong link with North African branch of Afro-Asiatic languages as well as Indo-European languages, uniquely in Europe. [References: 4-5] Athletic Bilbao celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 2018 by lighting up the famous San Mames stadium in Green on the Eve of the Day itself [Reference: 6]
References / Further Reading
 Fruugo.ie (2021) 100068720_max Sticker Sticker Adhesif Car Vinyl Flag Card Basque Country Euskadi [Internet] Available from: https://img.fruugo.com/product/0/72/100068720_max.jpg [Accessed 24 May 2021]
 Luis Javier Bravo Mayor & Jose Vicente Olmos Mico (2017) “Campeonatos Regionales Vascos 1913-1940” CIHEFE (Centro de Investigaciones de Historia y Estadistica del Futbol Espanyol). Mantuano, Madrid. Available to buy online at: https://www.soccer-books.co.uk/acatalog/CIHEFE-Spanish-League-Histories-p1.html .
 BBC Wales (2001) Genes link Celts to Basques [Internet] Available from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/1256894.stm [Accessed 24 May 2021]
 Encyclopaedia Brittannica (2021) Basque Language [Internet] Available from: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Basque-language [Accessed 24 May 2021]
 Encyclopaedia Brittannica (2021) Celtic Languages [Internet] Available from: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Celtic-languages [Accessed 24 May 2021]
 Athletic Bilbao (2018) St. Patrick’s Day [Internet] Available from: https://www.athletic-club.eus/en/news/2018/03/15/saint-patricks-day/ [Accessed 24 May 2021]
Thanks to Dervla Kincaid (nee Mulcahy).
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