LALIGA HISTORY

Zidane wins only LaLiga for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao

The manager in the home dugout of the Bernabéu today was one of the starts on the field in 2003 as Madrid beat the Bilbao side to clinch a league title, his first with the club.

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Zidane wins first LaLiga title against Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid-Athletic Bilbao live

LaLiga title battle looked a lot different

It was Sunday, June 22, 2003. The last day of the Spanish top flight season. Madrid and Real Sociedad would both play ninety minutes simultaneously to decide where the title would be heading with Los Blancos entertaining Athletic Bilbao and La Real would play their rivals' neigbours Atlético who had been promoted to the Primera that season.

The clock struck 9pm and the referees blew their whistles to start their respective games. Two hours later, it was Madrid who were celebrating their 29th league championship victory. It was the first, and would prove to be the only, league title Zinedine Zidane had won with the club.

Brazilian striker Ronaldo congratulated by Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane and Luís Figo after scoring against Athletic Bilbao on 22 June 2003.

Trying to emulate on field glory from the sidelines

The Frenchman, who today faces the same opponent looking to build more momentum towards a dream title as manager, was one of the stars of that 2003 Madrid side who had also brought in Brazilian striker Ronaldo. When he was taken off the field in the 90th minute it was to soak up the personal applause of the Bernabéu faithful after a performance that included acting as provider to the new striker for the third goal in a 3-1 victory.

It's too early in the season to see today's game in the same light, but three points, good performances from key personnel, and some will start to look at the potential of the title winning midfielder as a potential title winning coach.

Liga BBVA

Table PTS W D L
2Atlético 18 5 3 0
3Real Madrid 18 5 3 0
4Sevilla 17 5 2 1
Full standing
Next matches
Real Madrid - Athletic D-23/10 20:45
Alavés - Real Madrid S-29/10 16:15
Real Madrid - Leganés D-06/11 12:00
Fixtures

Leaders

  • Messi7Goals
  • Koke592Passes
  • Illarramendi98Steals

*Update 23 de octubre de 2016

Liga BBVA

Table PTS W D L
5Villarreal 16 4 4 0
6Athletic 15 5 0 3
7R. Sociedad 13 4 1 4
Full standing
Next matches
Real Madrid - Athletic D-23/10 20:45
Athletic - Osasuna D-30/10 16:15
Espanyol - Athletic D-06/11 16:15
Fixtures

Leaders

  • Messi7Goals
  • Koke592Passes
  • Illarramendi98Steals

*Update 23 de octubre de 2016