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Perhaps it is a regional thing. After all, most of Spain's northern clubs have had a terrible year, apart from Real Sociedad. Sporting Gijon and Racing Santander were relegated last year while Deportivo, Osasuna and Celta Vigo are all at risk of following them out of La Liga.
Athletic Club showed many signs of promise in the spring, but finished without anything to show for that potential and have been pretty awful this season.
They outclassed Manchester United in the Europa League and managed to make the final, but were embarrassed by Atletico Madrid.
The Basques also got drubbed by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and that's where things really went downhill.
Key Players 'Lost'
The summer was filled with transfer speculation surrounding Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez. The latter eventually made his way to Bayern Munich for a Bundesliga record transfer fee.
Llorente, on the other hand, has been relegated to being a benchwarmer since saying he did not want to stay at the club after his contract expires in the summer of 2013.
This season the Lion King has barely even played and has really taken a beating from the fans. His lack of playing time at the Euros only weakened his confidence after having one of his better seasons in La Liga.
Iker Muniain had a stellar campaign last term, but was awful at the summer Olympics and has been very disappointing this season.
All Downhill this Season
Los Leones finished 2012 in 13th place and just four points above the drop. A year that had so much hope scattered throughout ended even worse than last season did.
They also bombed out of the Europa League in shameful fashion before getting eliminated from the Copa del Rey by lowly Eibar.
Athletic Bilbao choked in two finals in the spring and have played themselves out of contention for all three trophies before January of the new term.