Basque Country national football team

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Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea
Head coach José María Amorrortu
Mikel Etxarri
Most caps Igor Gabilondo, Julen Guerrero (12)
Top scorer Isidro Lángara (17)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country 6 – 1 Catalonia Catalonia
(Jan 3, 1915; Bilbao)
Biggest win
Denmark Denmark 1 – 11 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
( August 29, 1937; Denmark)
Biggest defeat
Mexico Mexico 8 – 4 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
( October 16, 1938; Mexico)
Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country 1 – 5 Hungary Hungary
(August 31, 1980; Basque Country)

The Basque Country national football team (officially, in Basque, 'Euskal selekzioa') represents the Basque Country in football. It selects players from the Basque Country autonomous community, Navarre and the French Basque Country and is organised by the Basque Football Federation (Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea). It is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and therefore only allowed to play friendly matches against FIFA affiliated teams. The team has been referred to by various names including Euskadiko selekzioa, Euskal Herriko futbol selekzioa, Selección de Euskadi, Vasconia, Equipo Vasco, Euskadi XI and Basque XI.[1] Most of their home matches have been played in the San Mamés Stadium which was replaced in 2013 by the new San Mamés.

The Basque Country has had a football team of its own since 1915.[2] During the Second Spanish Republic, they played firstly under the name of 'Baskoniako selekzioa' (the Vasconia team) and then from 1936 as 'Euzkadiko selekzioa' (the Euskadi team). During Franco's 36 year dictatorship it only played two games. Then, after Franco's death in 1975, the team was reformed using the name 'Euskadiko selekzioa' and began playing regular friendly matches, usually during La Liga's Christmas break. Up to the present moment they have played 56 matches against a wide range of nations such as Russia, Uruguay, Nigeria and Denmark. In 2007 the team's name was controversially changed to 'Euskal Herriko futbol selekzioa'. In 2008 a compromise was reached and it was changed again to 'Euskal selekzioa'. In the lower grades the team is either called "Euskadiko selekzioa" or "Seleccíon del País Vasco" and exclusively represents the Basque Country autonomous community (Euskadi).

History[edit]

Beginnings (1913)[edit]

On 29 September 1913 the Royal Spanish Football Federation was formally created and along with it four regional federations (Norte, Oeste, Este and Centro). Each regional federation organised its own league, and also selected a team to play against other regions. The Basque Country was grouped with Cantabria in 'Norte' (North). As all the biggest teams in the Norte federation were Basque, such as Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Real Unión, and Arenas Club de Getxo, so the team fielded by the federation was usually entirely composed of Basque players, and was called 'Vasconia', 'el equipo Vasco'[3](the Basque team), or sometimes just 'Norte'. On 3 January 1915 they played their first match which was against Catalonia in Bilbao and won 6-1,[2][4] and then on 7 February they played them again but in Barcelona, this time drawing 2-2.[5][6] On 13 May 1915 they won the inaugural 'Copa del Príncipe de Asturias' tournament in Madrid by beating Catalonia 1-0.[7] In the same competition they drew 1-1 with Centro[8] (a team formed by players from the centre of Spain). In May 1916, 'Norte' faced Catalonia twice in Barcelona, winning by 1-3 on the 21st,[9] and drawing 0-0 on the 22nd. On 4 June of the same year they beat Catalonia 5-0 in Bilbao.[10]

On 22 November 1916 the Cantabrian teams left the Northern Federation, joining the newly formed Cantabrian Federation (Federación Cantábrica de Clubes de Football), which encompassed Asturian and Cantabrian clubs. In 1918 Gipuzkoa formed its own federation leaving Biscay on their own in Federation Norte.[11] Gipuzkoa and Biscay organised their own separate teams.[12][13] In 1919 the Asturians decided to form their own federation (Federación Regional Asturiana de Clubes de Fútbol) so the Cantabrian teams rejoined 'Norte', but now it only had teams from Cantabria and Biscay. This complicated situation of federations splitting off continued for a few more years. In 1922 separate teams were created for Biscay and Cantabria because the former decided to form their own federation (Biscayan Federation).[14][15]

In the summer of 1922 a team calling itself 'the Basque team' (Equipo Vasco) was sent to South America. Although the trip was organised by the Gipuzkoan federation, 4 of the 19 players in the squad were from the Biscayan federation.[16][17] They played once against the Argentine national side, losing 4-0, then drew 1-1 against Porteño, and finally winning 0-4 against a team selected from Argentina's interior league.[18] The team also played the Uruguayan national side twice, losing both games,[19][20] before visiting Brazil where they played in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.[21] After the team had arrived back in Spain on 5 October 1922, the players resumed playing for either Biscay or Gipuzkoa. On the 12 November 1922 Asturias played Biscay in Gijón drawing 1-1 and the following day Asturias beat Biscay 4-3. On 18 November 1923 Biscay faced Asturias in Bilbao and won 4-2.[22] It wasn't until 1930 that the Biscayan and Gipuzkoan federations finally came together to create a permanent team with the name 'Vasconia' ('Baskoniako selekzioa') to represent the Basque Country. Their first game was against Catalonia on 8 June 1930, which they won by 0-1 in Montjuïc, and they played Catalonia again on 1 January 1931 in Bilbao, winning that match 3-2.[23]

The team during the Civil War (1936-1939)[edit]

During the first year of the Spanish Civil War the Basque team changed its name to Euzkadiko selekzioa. Their first match with that name was against Cantabria on 29 November 1936 in Santander, when the Cantabrians won 3-2.[24][25] In 1937 the first president of the Basque autonomous region José Antonio Aguirre, who in his youth had been a player for Athletic Bilbao, decided to send a Basque football team abroad with the duel aim of raising money to fund the cost of the civil war, and also as a form of propaganda letting the world know about the conflict in Spain.[26] At the same time a choir called Eresoinka was formed to tour Europe for the same purpose. Money raised was reportedly used to fund a hospital in La Rosarie, France,[27] used by Spanish refugees, and also to help support the thousands of Basque children who had been sent abroad for safety.

The team consisted of the following players:

Also attached to the team were Perico Birichinaga, as a masseur, and Ricardo Irezábal and Manu de la Sota, both as delegates.[28]

The team made its debut on Monday 26 April 1937 in Paris's Parc des Princes against the French champions, Racing Paris, winning 0-3.[29] This happened to be the same day that Guernica was bombed by Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe. In May 1937 they toured France beating Olympique Marseille 2-5,[30] losing 3-1 to Sète, and playing Racing Paris twice more, 3-3 and 2-3.

In May 1937 the team began to have problems with FIFA. Due to the civil war in Spain FIFA had banned all FIFA affiliated countries and clubs from playing any Spanish teams.[31][32] A match due to take place on 30 May in Holland against Rotterdam was cancelled by the Dutch Federation.[33][34] But many clubs and national sides continued to play the Basque team because they sympathised with Republican Spain which the team symbolised. The team's first match against a nation from outside of Spain was a 3-2 defeat, also in May 1937, to Czechoslovakia, who had been runners up in the 1934 World cup. In June they played Czechoslovakia again losing 2-1. Then they played Silesia in Chorzów on 9 June.

When Bilbao was captured by Franco's forces on 19 June 1937 the team were in Moscow. They then toured the Soviet Union during that summer, playing against Lokomotiv Moscow (1-5), Dynamo Moscow twice (1-2) and (4-7), Dinamo Leningrad (2-2), Spartak Moscow (6-2), Dynamo Kiev (1-3), Dinamo Tbilisi (0-2), the Georgian football team (1-3), and finally Dinamo Minsk (1-6). Their only loss was against Spartak Moscow. The Soviet authorities were determined to win the final game in Moscow, so the Spartak team was improved by bringing players from other parts of the Soviet Empire to play for the team just for the one match.[35] Lastly they travelled to Norway and Denmark in August where they beat Norway (1-3), Norway AIF (2-3), and completed their biggest win to date against Denmark (1-11).

In the autumn of 1937 the team crossed the Atlantic to play in Mexico where FIFA had given them permission to play clubs and the national side.[36] After playing nine matches in the capital[37] and one in Guadalajara they crossed over to Cuba where their problems with FIFA got worse.[38] FIFA demanded that Cuba should not play the Basque Country. So the Basque team only played club sides, playing 4 matches, winning one and loosing two. Next they travelled to Argentina, arriving on 25 February 1938. They stayed there 3 months but officially played no matches, due to their problems with FIFA. As they had run out of money and had no way of raising any, many of the big Argentine sides raised money for them.[39] They then crossed the Andes to Valparaiso, Chile, where on the 9 May 1938 they played Santiagio Wanderers,[40] but the result is not known. Later in May they travelled again to Cuba,[41] this time playing the Cuban national team twice, before returning to Mexico. In the 1938-39 season they played under the name 'Club Deportivo Euzkadi' in the Liga Mexicana de Football Amateur Association,[42] one of the two major leagues in Mexico at that time where they won 13, drew 1 and lost 3 games, eventually coming runners up in the league. The Spanish civil war ended in April 1939 so when the season ended the team was broken up and as a reward each member received 10,000 pesetas. Some of the players stayed on in the Americas and joined teams there.

Franco years (1939-1975)[edit]

Between 1939 and 1975 the Basque football team played only twice due to General Franco's dictatorship which severely limited the freedoms previously enjoyed by the regions of Spain. The first time was on 25 June 1966 on the 50th anniversary of Real Unión's founding. A team made up of players from the Basque Country played Real Madrid in the Gal Stadium in Irun, losing 0-2.[43] Playing for the Basque Country were Carmelo Cedrún, (Alarcia), Gorriti, Martínez, Marigil, (Zabala), Azcárate, (Iruretagoyena), Iguarán, Amas, Dionisio Urreizti, Landa, (Chapela), Mauri, (Mendiluce) and Erro.[44] Don Santiago Bernabéu had the honour of kicking off.[45]

The second time was in San Mamés, Bilbao, on 21 February 1971 when a memorial match for Juan Gardeazábal was played between the Basque Country and Catalonia. The Basque Country lost 1-2.[46] Playing for the Basque Country were Zamora, Deusto, Irusquieta, Zugazaga, Echeberría, Lema, Guisasola, Estéfano, Santamaría, Arambarri, Ibáñez, Marañon, Fernando Ansola, Araquistáin, Rojo II, Urtiaga, and Ortuondo.[47]

Revival (1978)[edit]

The first game following the dictatorship was played on 2 March 1978 in San Mamés against the USSR.[48] The team were called the 'Selección Vasca' and drew 0-0.

Then on 16 August 1979 they played for the first time since 1938 under the name 'Euskadiko selekzioa' in the San Mames stadium during the Great Week of Bilbao, winning a victory against a League of Ireland XI (4-1). Controversy was caused before the match by the Spanish government deciding that the song of the Basque football Team (Gernikako Arbola - The Tree of Guernica) [49] should not be sung before the game. This resulted in the Lehendakari Carlos Garaikoetxea (the head of the Basque regional parliament) and the presidents of the regional councils and the mayors of the Basque capitals, all leaving the presidential box to sit elsewhere in the stadium, to show their protest. Osasuna Athletic Club was the only club with players called up who refused to release them for the match.[50] Iraragorri and Langara (two players from the 1937 team) kicked off and Iribar served as captain. The game was played as a fundraiser for a campaign promoting the Basque language called "Bai Euskarari", organized by Sustraiak, as a response to its suppression during the dictatorship.

A few months later the Basque football team won again in San Sebastian's mythical Atotxa Stadium, against Bulgaria (4-0). In 1980, in Vitoria, they lost 1-5 to Bulgaria. Other key matches include defeats to Cameroon (0-1) and Wales (0-1), and victory over Serbia (4-0). Then, in 2007,after 69 years without playing outside of Spain, the Basque Country faced Venezuela in San Cristobal (Venezuela), winning 4-3.[51] Their last game outside Spain before this had been during the Spanish Civil War on 18 June 1939 against Paraguay in Mexico City.[52]

Name change (2007)[edit]

Basque Country team playing in Camp Nou

In 2007 the team's name was changed to 'Euskal Herria' (Euskal Herriko Futbol Selekzioa), and on 29 December they played a match against Catalonia in San Mames. The result was Euskal Herria 1, Catalonia 1.

The name change, driven by the Basque Football Federation, was denounced by politicians from the Basque Nationalist Party,[53][54] including the Lehendakari Juan José Ibarretxe,[55] and also the main Spanish political parties such as the Partido Popular and PSOE. For this reason the Basque Football Federation proposed returning to the team's previous name, 'Euskadi' (Euskadiko Selekzioa), for the match scheduled for December 2008 against Iran. 165 Basque players signed a statement announcing that they would not play unless the team was called 'Euskal Herria'.[56][57] The controversy went beyond the sports arena and against this statement were positioned many political parties such as the PNV, PSE-PSOE and PP, and supporting it were EA, IU-EB and ANV. At the heart of this dispute were the meanings of the two terms 'Euskadi' and 'Euskal Herria'. For the politicians favouring the name 'Euskadi' they saw this as the historic name used by the Basque football team since the 1930s and geographically they said it always included the Spanish Basque Country, the French Basque Country and Navarre (from where the players are selected), but to the players and the politicians supporting them, only the term 'Euskal Herria' had this geographic meaning and to them 'Euskadi' only referred to the Spanish Basque Country. This difference of opinion encompassed the nuances of the names, their history known or unknown, and changing public opinions towards what name should be used when referring to all people of Basque culture. In the end the match was cancelled.

In 2009 a consensus was reached to use the name 'Euskal Selekzioa'. However, discrepancies between the federation, players and ESAIT led to the match, scheduled again to be played against Iran, not to be played. In 2010 however, although there was still no agreement between players and federation, the players agreed to play the match to be played on 29 December in San Mames, between the Basque Country and Venezuela, which ended 3-1.[58][59] At this match the gold badge of honour of the Basque Football Federation was presented to Joseba Etxeberria, former player of Athletic Club Bilbao, for being the most capped player of the Basque team, and he was allowed to take the kick-off.

Recent activity[edit]

In 2011 the Basque football team played 2 matches. Firstly on 25 May they visited Estonia winning 1-2,[60] and then on 28 December they played their last game in the old San Mamés against Tunisia, losing 0-2.[61]

In December 2012 they played Bolivia in San Sebastian winning 6-1.[62]

On 28 December 2013 the Basque team played its first match in the new San Mames stadium against Peru[63] winning 6-0.[64]

FIFA and UEFA membership[edit]

Several organisations including the Basque Government[65] and the Basque Football Federation are trying to persuade FIFA and UEFA to accept the Basque Country as an affiliated member.[66][67][68][69] There is a lot of support for this within the Basque Country. The United Kingdom provides one model for a sovereign state with more than one FIFA member, and the Irish Rugby Football Union provides another model for a team composed of players from two sovereign states. The Irish Rugby Football Union squad has players from both Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and from the Republic of Ireland.

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the friendly against Peru on 28 December 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gorka Iraizoz (1981-03-06) 6 March 1981 (age 33) 7 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
13 1GK Eñaut Zubikarai (1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad
2 2DF Andoni Iraola (1982-06-22) 22 June 1982 (age 32) 8 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
3 2DF Jon Aurtenetxe (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
4 2DF Ion Ansotegi (1982-07-13) 13 July 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad
5 2DF Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Spain Real Sociedad
12 2DF Oier (1986-05-25) 25 May 1986 (age 28) 3 0 Spain Osasuna
14 2DF Borja Ekiza (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Spain Eibar
15 2DF Mikel San José (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
16 2DF Mikel Balenziaga (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
6 3MF Ander Iturraspe (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
7 3MF Xabi Prieto (captain) (1983-08-29) 29 August 1983 (age 30) 9 0 Spain Real Sociedad
8 3MF Beñat (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
10 3MF Óscar de Marcos (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
11 3MF Roberto Torres (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Spain Osasuna
17 3MF Markel Bergara (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Spain Real Sociedad
19 3MF Asier Illarramendi (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Spain Real Madrid
20 3MF Markel Susaeta (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 26) 3 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
9 4FW Aritz Aduriz (1981-02-11) 11 February 1981 (age 33) 7 7 Spain Athletic Bilbao
18 4FW Gaizka Toquero (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 30) 4 2 Spain Athletic Bilbao
21 4FW Imanol Agirretxe (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 27) 3 1 Spain Real Sociedad
22 4FW Ibai Gómez (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 24) 1 1 Spain Athletic Bilbao

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have played for the team in the last four matches.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Asier Riesgo (1983-10-06) 6 October 1983 (age 30) 8 0 Spain Osasuna v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
DF Mikel Labaka (1980-08-10) 10 August 1980 (age 34) 8 0 Retired v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
DF Mikel González (1985-09-24) 24 September 1985 (age 28) 5 0 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
DF Carlos Martínez (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
DF Xabi Castillo (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Spain Alavés v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
DF Fernando Amorebieta (1985-03-29) 29 March 1985 (age 29) 4 0 England Fulham v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
DF Javier Garrido (1985-03-15) 15 March 1985 (age 29) 1 0 England Norwich v.  Estonia, 25 May 2011
DF Koikili (1980-12-23) 23 December 1980 (age 33) 1 0 Retired v.  Venezuela, 29 December 2010
MF Xabi Alonso (1981-11-25) 25 November 1981 (age 32) 5 0 Spain Real Madrid v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
MF Mikel Rico (1984-11-04) 4 November 1984 (age 29) 2 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
MF Igor Gabilondo (1979-02-10) 10 February 1979 (age 35) 12 1 Retired v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
MF Mikel Aranburu (1979-02-18) 18 February 1979 (age 35) 9 0 Retired v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
MF Pantxi Sirieix (1980-10-07) 7 October 1980 (age 33) 3 0 France Toulouse v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
MF David Zurutuza (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 28) 3 0 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
MF José Barkero (1979-04-27) 27 April 1979 (age 35) 1 0 Spain Zaragoza v.  Tunisia, 28 December 2011
MF Gorka Elustondo (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Estonia, 25 May 2011
MF Carlos Gurpegui (1980-08-19) 19 August 1980 (age 34) 1 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao v.  Estonia, 25 May 2011
MF Javi Martínez (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 25) 1 0 Germany Bayern Munich v.  Venezuela, 29 December 2010
FW Kike Sola (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao v.  Bolivia, 29 December 2012
FW Iker Muniain (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 21) 1 1 Spain Athletic Bilbao v.  Venezuela, 29 December 2010
FW Joseba Llorente (1979-11-24) 24 November 1979 (age 34) 1 0 Retired v.  Venezuela, 29 December 2010

Results and fixtures[edit]

Pre-1940 International matches[edit]

Date Venue Home Team Visitor Score
18 June 1939 Mexico City Paraguay Paraguay  Basque Country 4-4[52]
30 Oct 1938 Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 1-3[70]
23 Oct 1938 Parque Necaxa, Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 2-6[71]
16 Oct 1938 Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 8-4[72]
20 June 1938 Havana Cuba Cuba  Basque Country 3-4
29 May 1938 La Polar, Havana Cuba Cuba  Basque Country 0-4[73]
9 Jan 1938 Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 3-1[74]
12 Dec 1937 Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 0-4[75]
5 Dec 1937 Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 1-2[76]
28 Nov 1937 Mexico City Mexico Mexico  Basque Country 1-4
29 Aug 1937 Copenhagen  Denmark  Basque Country 1–11
22 Aug 1937 Oslo Norway Norway  Basque Country 1-3
30 July 1937 Tbilisi Georgia (country) Georgia  Basque Country 1–3
9 June 1937 Ruch Stadium, Chorzów Silesia Silesia  Basque Country 3-4 [77][78]
June 1937 Prague Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia  Basque Country 2-1
6 May 1937 Prague Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia  Basque Country 3-2
1 Jan 1931 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country  Catalonia 3-2[23]
8 June 1930 Montjuïc, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia  Basque Country 0-1[79]
27 Aug 1922 Montevideo Uruguay Uruguay  Basque Country 3-1[19]
20 Aug 1922 Montevideo Uruguay Uruguay  Basque Country 4-0[80]
16 July 1922 Buenos Aires Argentina Argentina  Basque Country 4-0[81]
4 June 1916 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country  Catalonia 5-0[10]
22 May 1916 Campo del Español, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia  Basque Country 0-0[82]
21 May 1916 Campo del Español, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia  Basque Country 1-3[9]
13 May 1915 Campo del Athletic, Madrid Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country  Catalonia 1-0[7]
7 Feb 1915 Campo del Español, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia  Basque Country 2-2[5]
3 Jan 1915 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country  Catalonia 6-1[2]

Non-International matches[edit]

Date Venue Home Team Visitor Score
10 May 1988 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country Tottenham Hotspur.svg Tottenham Hotspurs 4-0[83]
13 Aug 1976 José Zorrilla, Valladolid logo Real Valladolid [84]  Basque Country 2-1
25 Jun 1966 Gal Stadium, Irun Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country Real Madrid C.F. emblem Real Madrid 0-2[43]
1938 Veracruz Mexico Club España  Basque Country 0-8[85]
5 June 1938 Havana Cuba La Habana XI  Basque Country 0-2
9 May 1938 Valparaiso Santiago wanderers.png Santiago Wanderers  Basque Country  ?-?
30 Jan 1938 La Tropical, Havana Cuba Joventud Asturiana  Basque Country 3-2[86]
28 Jan 1938 Havana Cuba La Habana XI  Basque Country 0-2
23 Jan 1938 La Tropical, Havana Cuba Centro Gallego  Basque Country 3-0[87]
16 Jan 1938 Havana Cuba Joventud Asturiana  Basque Country 4-4
Jan 1938 Mexico City Mexico Asturias & España XI  Basque Country 3-1[88]
2 Jan 1938 Mexico City Atlante FC logo.svg C.F. Atlante  Basque Country 0-3[89]
26 Dec 1937 Mexico City Mexico Asturias & España XI  Basque Country 2-3[90]
21 Nov 1937 Guadalajara Mexico Jalisco State  Basque Country 1-5[91]
14 Nov 1937 Mexico City Club Necaxa 2.svg Club Necaxa  Basque Country 1-2[92]
7 Nov 1937 Mexico City ClubAmericaLogo-1.png Club América  Basque Country 2-2[93]
27 Aug 1937 Sarpsborg Norway Norway AIF  Basque Country 2–3
9 Aug 1937 Minsk logo FC Dinamo Minsk  Basque Country 1–6[94]
24 Jul 1937 Tbilisi FC Dinamo Tiflis Logo.svg FC Dinamo Tbilisi  Basque Country 0-2[95]
15 Jul 1937 Kiev FC Dynamo Kyiv logo.svg FC Dynamo Kiev  Basque Country 1-3[96]
8 Jul 1937 Moscow FC Spartak Moscow Logo.png FC Spartak Moscow  Basque Country 6-2
4 Jul 1937 Moscow logo FC Dynamo Moscow  Basque Country 4-7
30 Jun 1937 Moscow FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg Logo.svg FC Dinamo Leningrad  Basque Country 2-2
27 Jun 1937 Moscow logo FC Dynamo Moscow  Basque Country 1-2[97]
24 Jun 1937 Moscow Lokomotivmoscow.png FC Lokomotiv Moscow  Basque Country 1-5
30 May 1937 Sète FCSète.jpg FC Sète  Basque Country 3-1[98]
23 May 1937 Stade de l'Huveaune, Marseille Olympique Marseille logo Olympic Marseille  Basque Country 2-5[30]
19 May 1937 Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris Racing Club de France logo.svg Racing Paris  Basque Country 2-3[99][100]
9 May 1937 Toulouse Racing Club de France logo.svg Racing Paris  Basque Country 3-3[101]
26 April 1937 Parc des Princes, Paris Racing Club de France logo.svg Racing Paris  Basque Country 0-3[29][102]
29 Nov 1936 Campo del Sardinero, Santander Flag maritime santander.svg Cantabria  Basque Country 3-2[24][25]
26 Jun 1932 Camp de Les Corts, Barcelona FCB.svg FC Barcelona  Basque Country 2-1[103]
24 Jun 1932 Camp de Les Corts, Barcelona FCB.svg FC Barcelona  Basque Country 3-1[104]
11 Sept 1922 São Paulo Brazil São Paulo  Basque Country 2-1[105]
7 Sept 1922 Santos [106] Brazil Santos XI  Basque Country 0-5
6 Aug 1922 Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina Rosario (Santa Fé)  Basque Country 2-1[107]
30 July 1922 Estadio Sportivo Barracas, Buenos Aires Argentina Liga del Interior XI  Basque Country 0-4[108]
23 July 1922 Buenos Aires Argentina Porteño  Basque Country 1-1[109]
23 May 1921 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country Crest of West Ham United West Ham United 0-1[110]

List of Basque players who also represented FIFA international teams in International and Olympic matches[edit]

 France

 Venezuela

 Spain

Famous managers[edit]

See also[edit]

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