Tag: Basque soccer

Basque Country women’s soccer team loses to Ireland

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Elixabete Sarasola Nieto, from Donostia, who plays for AFC Ajax and the Basque Country. Photo by Xavier Rondón Medina, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Basque Country women’s soccer team narrowly lost 2-1 against the Republic of Ireland, ranked 30th in the world, on Saturday, November 26. The Irish team went ahead in the first half with a spectacular free-kick by Stephanie Roche, but the Basque Country equalized with an equally great strike by Athletic Bilbao striker Yulema Corres. Ireland scored the winning goal in the second half, in which it clearly dominated the Basque Country, courtesy of Leanne Kiernan. Ireland thus got revenge for its 2-0 defeat by the Basque Country in a corresponding game in Azpeitia, Guipuzkoa, in 2014.

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Marta Unzué Urdániz, from Berriozar (Navarre), a defender who plays for Barcelona and the Basque Country. Photo by Xavier Rondón Medina, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Like their male counterparts the Basque Country women’s soccer team does not have an official status and can only play friendly matches. The game, held at Tallaght Stadium in South Dublin, was the eighth time that the Basque national team has turned out, and its second game against Ireland, having also played against Argentina (twice), Chile, Catalonia (twice), and Estonia. with a record of 3 wins, 2 ties, and 3 losses.

Teams

Republic of Ireland WNT: Byrne (McQuillan 85), Berrill (McCarthy 46), Caldwell, Quinn, Fahey, Duggan (Murray 71), O’Gorman (Kavanagh 85), Kiernan (Prior 79), O’Sullivan, Russell (De Burca 79), Roche (McLaughlin 46).

Basque Country: Ainhoa (Eli Sarasola 46), Iraia, Garazi Murua (Esti Aizpurua 60), Joana Arranz (Baños 67), Ramajo, Unzué, Erika, Moraza (María Díaz 46), Beristain (Anne Mugarza 77), Manu Lareo (Ibarrola 74), Yulema Corres.

Check out a report on the game here: https://www.fai.ie/ireland/match/55501/2016/999943238?tab=report

For general information on the Basque Country women’s soccer team: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_Country_women%27s_national_football_team

See also a complete record of all the Basque Country’s international games here: http://www.eff-fvf.eus/pub/calendarioEliminatoriaSelEspecial.asp?idioma=eu&idCompeticion=17

Flashback Friday: Red Army

On December 11, 1932, the Basque soccer team Osasuna (Club Atlético Osasuna) won 5-1 away to Athletic Madrid (Club Atlético de Madrid) in the Spanish Second Division, at the former Metropolitan Stadium of Madrid. In this match, Osasuna’s young forward Julian Vergara Medrano (1913-1987) scored all five goals. In 1932, during his debut season, Vergara scored a total of 34 goals for Osasuna. Three years later, in 1935, Vergara led the Basque “red” team (see below) to promotion to the first division. By then, he had established himself as one of the best soccer players at Osasuna. Vergara played for Osasuna until 1939. The professional soccer club Osasuna, based in Iruñea (Navarre), was founded in 1920 by the fusion of two small local teams–the Unión Sportiva and the New Club. Since its inception, the team has traditionally worn red jerseys and therefore this color has always been associated with Osasuna and its supporters.

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Julian Vergara Medrano (1913-1987)


Every Friday we look into our Basque archives for interesting historic events that happened on the same day.

Flashback Friday: Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao

Every Friday we look into our Basque archives for interesting historic events that happened on the same day

On May 29, 1949, the Basque soccer team, Athletic Bilbao, played the Spanish Cup Final –at that time called the “Supreme General Francisco Franco’s Cup” during the early years of the dictatorship – against Valencia CF in the Chamartin stadium in Madrid (Spain). In that game, although the Basque players fought until the very end, Athletic Club was beaten 1-0. It was an extremely hard-fought game in which Valencia won with a goal scored by Epifanio Fernández.

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Epifanio Fernández scores the winning goal

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Raimundo Pérez Lezama (1922-2007), the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper, in action during the 1949 Cup Final

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, Athletic Bilbao will once again play in the Cup Final, this time against FC Barcelona, in Barcelona itself. Will they be more lucky this time around?

Check out some pictures of fans getting ready for tomorrow’s game, in both Bilbao and Barcelona, at Berria.

To learn more about how games, sports, and motor practices interact with global-local processes, inequality, gender relations, identity, representation, performance, and emotion through varied modes of analysis, approaches, and styles, check out the book Playing Fields: Power, Practice, and Passion in Sport, edited by Mariann Vaczi.

This work includes an interesting chapter on Basque fan rivalry between followers of Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad from Donostia-San Sebastián.

Boise TV station reports from the Basque Country

As a warm-up for the impending celebrations to be held at Jaialdi 2015, Boise TV station KTVB, Channel 7, has been spending time in the Basque Country as part of its Live Tour feature.  The tour also features a blog about the experiences of reporters Xanti Alcelay, Brian Holmes, and Mark Johnson.

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Basque Live Tour Web Header, from KTVB.com

The reports cover multiple aspects of Basque culture, with a special emphasis on links between Old and New World Basques and a general focus on significant aspects of Basque popular culture such as gastronomy and sports.

Check out the report on how efforts are being made in both the Basque Country and via Basque Studies at Boise State University to promote the Basque language here.  And see how one young man of joint Basque and American heritage is aspiring to make the grade as a professional soccer player with renowned team Athletic Bilbao here.

If you’re interested in reading more about some of the topics covered in the Live Tour, the CBS publishes books on many of these same subjects. For example, in Basque Pelota: A Ritual, an Aesthetic, Olatz González Abrisketa offers the most in-depth study to date in English of this traditional sport, focusing on the extent to which it is embedded within Basque cultural values.