Bilbaoans bring the party for Athletic’s triumph to the balconies

Adrian MateosAdrian Mateos

Bilbao

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The rockets echoed through the town as soon as Gil Manzano signaled the end of the meeting. The feat had been accomplished: the Athletic it proclaimed Super Cup champion, and he did it by knocking down a whole Barcelona, ​​just as he did with Madrid a couple of nights ago. The celebration, yes, has been suffocated by the threat of the coronavirus. The Bilbao fans have listened to the call to responsibility and have transferred the “party”, contained, to the balconies, protagonists of this pandemic and of the first title of the rojiblanco team in five years.

Because it was precisely the Spanish Super Cup that was raised in 2015 by, among others, Aritz Aduriz, Gorka Iraizoz … and Ernesto Valverde, who at that time led the “lions.” This year’s celebration will be very different, despite the fact that the villagers have celebrated Athletic’s victory over Barça in extra time from their homes.

It is true that the festivities began long before the game started. Athletic flags hung from the balconies from early in the morning, and the rojiblancos colors were present throughout the day.

It was what the mayor of the Biscayan capital, Juan Mari Aburto, had asked: “We continue to play our health,” recalled the nationalist leader in the hours before the game, who advanced that, although a celebration such as those of yesteryear, a way will be sought to «receive Athletic as it deserves».

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