One of the main beneficiaries of the policy has been the Spain national team.Athletic has provided numerous players for it, second only to Real Madrid.Other notable graduates of the Athletic cantera include Bata, Agustín Gaínza, José Luis Panizo, Andoni Goikoetxea, Julio Salinas, Julen Guerrero, Rafael Alkorta, Andoni Iraola and Fernando Llorente.
The Sociedad team included, among others, Roberto López Ufarte, José Mari Bakero, Luis Arconada and Jesús María Zamora.
Xabi Alonso, a World Cup winner in 2010, is also a product of Real Sociedad's youth system.
In 1966, Madrid won the European Cup with a team of 11 Spanish players and a Spanish coach, marking the first time a home-born team had won the competition.
Many great homegrown players have since passed through the ranks, among them La Quinta del Buitre — Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vazquéz, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza.
Throughout their history, Athletic Bilbao have continued to produce many notable players while adhering to their policy.