Athletic Bilbao: What World Football Can Learn from Europa League Finalists

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Athletic Bilbao: What World Football Can Learn from Europa League Finalists
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Athletic Bilbao are through to the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final, dumping out Sporting Lisbon—as well as Manchester United and Schalke 04—in a run which has shocked world football.

Athletic beat Lisbon 3-1 at home after coming from 2-1 down in the first leg away to secure their place in the final at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania.

They will play La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, who beat Valencia CF 1-0 (5-2 on aggregate) in the other semifinal.

The club from the País Vasco grabbed many headlines and admirers when they stunned United at Old Trafford—and at the San Mamés—with their stock rising ever since.

Now deservedly in the Europa League final, there are many positive things all clubs in the sport can learn from Los Leones.

Here in this slideshow are five of them.

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