Jon Rahm tok the kick-off in Athletic-Atlético

The renowned Biscayan golfer, Jon Rahm, who was recently crowned winner of the Augusta Masters, had the honor of kicking off

by Andrea Gussoni
Jon Rahm tok the kick-off in Athletic-Atlético
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The renowned Biscayan golfer, Jon Rahm, who was recently crowned winner of the Augusta Masters, had the honor of kicking off in San Mamés prior to the league match that pitted Athletic Club against Atlético de Madrid.

During this emotional event, Rahm paid a well-deserved tribute to the team's former goalkeeper, José Ángel Iribar, by wearing a replica of the iconic black jersey worn by the legendary athlete during his career.

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Furthermore, Iribar's memory and career were recognized during the inauguration of the statue that bears his image, located on the San Mamés esplanade. This event marked the kickoff of the closing program of the celebration of the 125 years of the red and white club, commemorated in a special way this Saturday.

In an emotional and significant gesture, Jon Rahm demonstrated once again his commitment to the sport and his ability to honor those who have left their mark on the history of a team so important to his region. Before the start of the match and in commemoration of Athletic's 125th anniversary, 'Txopo' and captain Iker Muniain presented the corresponding insignia to the representative of the members chosen by draw, Miguel Isasi Balanzategi.

This is the last of the 12 ambassadors selected by the club, one for each month of the year. Furthermore, prior to Rahm's kick-off, this emotional event was held to recognize the importance and commitment of the members in the history of Athletic.

Athletic Club, known as Athletic Bilbao or simply Athletic, is a Spanish football club from Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country and capital of Biscay. Founded in 1898, it has always played in the top flight of the Spanish championship, being, together with Barcelona and Real Madrid, one of the three clubs that have participated in all editions of the national first division since its establishment in 1928.

It is also, after the mentioned teams, the third most successful club in the country in terms of overall number of trophies, having won 8 championships, 23 Copa del Rey[1], 3 Spanish Super Cups and one Eva Duarte Cup. On a continental level, his best achievements are two UEFA Cup/Europa League finals, both lost, the first in 1976-1977 against Juventus and the second in 2011-2012 against his compatriots Atlético Madrid. The team also played in a Latin Cup final, losing against Milan in 1956.

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