Basque Country national football team

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Basque Country
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea
Head coach José María Amorrortu
Mikel Etxarri
Most caps 1930s: Isidro Lángara (44)[1]
Modern: Xabi Prieto (14)[2][3]
Top scorer 1930s: Isidro Lángara (17)
Modern: Aritz Aduriz (12)[4]
First colours
Second colours
First international
Catalonia Catalonia 0–1 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
(Barcelona, Spain; June 8, 1930)
Biggest win
Denmark Denmark 1–11 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
(Denmark; August 29, 1937)
Biggest defeat
Mexico Mexico 8–4 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
(Mexico; October 16, 1938)
Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country 1–5 Hungary Hungary
(Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; August 31, 1980)

The Basque Country representative 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[5] and is organised by the Basque Football Federation. It is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and therefore only allowed to play friendly matches against FIFA or non-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.[6] 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 1930.[7] 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, the North team (1913)[edit]

On September 29, 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 most of 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 occasionally entirely composed of Basque players, and was called 'Vasconia', 'el equipo Vasco'[8](the Basque team), or sometimes just 'Norte'. On January 3, 1915 they played their first match which was against Catalonia in Bilbao and won 6–1,[9][10] and then on February 7 they played them again but in Barcelona, this time drawing 2–2.[11][12] On May 13, 1915 they won the inaugural 'Copa del Príncipe de Asturias' tournament in Madrid by beating Catalonia 1–0.[13] In the same competition they drew 1–1 with Centro[14] (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,[15] and drawing 0–0 on the 22nd. On June 4 of the same year they beat Catalonia 5–0 in Bilbao.[16]

On November 22, 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.[17] Gipuzkoa and Biscay organised their own separate teams.[18][19] 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).[20][21]

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.[22][23] 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.[24] The team also played the Uruguayan national side twice, losing both games,[25][26] before visiting Brazil where they played in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.[27] After the team had arrived back in Spain on October 5, 1922, the players resumed playing for either Biscay or Gipuzkoa. On November 12, 1922 Asturias played Biscay in Gijón drawing 1–1 and the following day Asturias beat Biscay 4–3. On November 18, 1923, Biscay faced Asturias in Bilbao and won 4–2.[28]

The first Basque team (1930)[edit]

First match in the USSR against Locomotiv Moscow.

It wasn't until 1930 that the Biscayan and Gipuzkoan federations finally came together to create the first permanent team with the name 'Vasconia' ('Baskoniako selekzioa') to represent the Basque Country. Their first game was against Catalonia on June 8, 1930, which they won by 0–1 in Montjuïc, and they played Catalonia again on January 1, 1931 in Bilbao, winning that match 3–2.[7]

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 November 29, 1936 in Santander, when the Cantabrians won 3–2.[29][30] 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.[31] 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,[32] 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.[33]

The team made its debut on Monday April 26, 1937 in Paris's Parc des Princes against the French champions, Racing Paris, winning 0–3.[34] 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,[35] 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.[36][37] A match due to take place on 30 May in the Netherlands against Rotterdam was cancelled by the Dutch Federation.[38][39] 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 June 9.

When Bilbao was captured by Franco's forces on June 19, 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 country to play for the team just for the one match.[40] 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.[41] After playing nine matches in the capital[42] and one in Guadalajara they crossed over to Cuba where their problems with FIFA got worse.[43] FIFA demanded that Cuba should not play the Basque Country. So the Basque team only played club sides, playing 4 matches, winning one and losing two. Next they travelled to Argentina, arriving on February 25, 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.[44] They then crossed the Andes to Valparaiso, Chile, where on May 9, 1938 they played Santiago Wanderers,[45] but the result is not known. Later in May they travelled again to Cuba,[46] 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,[47] one of the two major leagues in Mexico at that time where they won 7, drew 1 and lost 4 games,[48] 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 June 25, 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.[49] 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.[50] Don Santiago Bernabéu had the honour of kicking off.[51]

The second time was in San Mamés, Bilbao, on February 21, 1971 when a memorial match for Juan Gardeazábal was played between the Basque Country and Catalonia. The Basque Country lost 1–2.[52] 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.[53]

Revival (1978)[edit]

The first game following the dictatorship was played on March 2, 1978 in San Mamés against the USSR.[54] The team were called the 'Selección Vasca' and drew 0–0.

On August 16, 1979 they played for the first time since 1938 under the name 'Euskadiko selekzioa' at San Mames stadium during the Great Week of Bilbao, winning 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)[55] 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. CA Osasuna was the only club with players called up who refused to release them for the match.[56] 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 team won again in San Sebastian's mythical Atotxa Stadium, against Bulgaria (4–0). In 1980, in Vitoria, they lost 1–5 to Hungary. Other key matches included defeats to Cameroon (0–1) and Wales (0–1), and victory over Serbia (4–0). Then, in 2007, after 69 years without playing outside Spain, the Basque Country faced Venezuela in San Cristobal (Venezuela), winning 4–3.[57] Their last game outside Spain before this had been during the Spanish Civil War on June 18, 1939 against Club Atlético Corrales in Mexico City.[58]

Name change (2007)[edit]

The Basque and Catalan teams in 2007 holding a banner asking for official recognition of their teams

In 2007 the team's name was changed to 'Euskal Herria' (Euskal Herriko Futbol Selekzioa), and on December 29 they played a match against Catalonia in San Mames. The result was Euskal Herria 1, Catalonia 1.[59]

The name change, driven by the Basque Football Federation, was denounced by politicians from the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV),[60][61] including the Lehendakari, Juan José Ibarretxe,[62] and also the main Spanish political parties such as the Partido Popular (PP) 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'.[63][64] 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 Eusko Alkartasuna, Ezker Batua and Eusko Abertzale Ekintza. At the heart of this dispute were the meanings of the two terms 'Euskadi' and 'Euskal Herria'. For the politicians of the PNV who favoured 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 December 29 in San Mames, between the Basque Country and Venezuela, which ended 3–1.[65][66] 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]

The Basque Country playing Catalonia in San Mames, December 28, 2014

In 2011 the Basque football team played two matches. Firstly on 25 May they visited Estonia winning 1–2,[67] then on December 28 they played their last game in the old San Mamés against Tunisia, losing 0–2.[68]

In December 2012 they played Bolivia in San Sebastian, winning 6–1.[69]

On 28 December 2013, the Basque team played its first match in the new San Mames stadium against Peru[70] winning 6–0.[71][72]

On December 28, 2014, a centenary match was played in San Mames against Catalonia to celebrate 100 years since the first match between these two sides. The game ended 1–1.[73] The same teams played a year later, with Aritz Aduriz scoring the only goal in a 1–0 Basque win in Barcelona.[74]

In October 2017, the federation confirmed that the Basque team would not play a friendly match in late December that year as had become traditional, but instead would look to schedule a fixture during one of the FIFA International Match Calendar dates, possibly in March 2018.[75] However, a proposed meeting with Chile did not come to pass.[76] Eventually, a fixture was arranged for the Basque team to face Venezuela in October 2018 at Mendizorroza.[77][5]

FIFA and UEFA membership[edit]

Several organisations including the Basque Government[78] and the Basque Football Federation are trying to persuade FIFA and UEFA to accept the Basque Country as an affiliated member.[72][79][80][81][5] 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, while the Faroe Islands is an example of an autonomous constituent country having a separate football team to the national team (Denmark).

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the friendly against Venezuela on 12 October 2018.

Caps and goals as of December 31, 2016

Head coach: Mikel Etxarri[5] and José María Amorrortu

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Jon Ander Serantes (1987-10-24) October 24, 1987 (age 30) 0 0 CD Leganés
1GK Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Asier Riesgo (1983-10-06) October 6, 1983 (age 35) 10 0 SD Eibar

2DF Coat of Arms of Álava.svg Martín Aguirregabiria (1996-05-10) May 10, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Deportivo Alavés
2DF Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Anaitz Arbilla (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 31) 0 0 SD Eibar
2DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Yuri Berchiche (1990-02-10) February 10, 1990 (age 28) 4 0 Athletic Club
2DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Aritz Elustondo (1994-03-28) March 28, 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Real Sociedad
2DF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) May 17, 1991 (age 27) 6 0 Athletic Club

3MF Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Javier Eraso (1990-03-22) March 22, 1990 (age 28) 2 0 CD Leganés
3MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Dani García (1990-05-24) May 24, 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Athletic Club
3MF Coat of Arms of Álava.svg Manuel García (1986-04-26) April 26, 1986 (age 32) 1 0 Deportivo Alavés
3MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Asier Illarramendi (1990-03-08) March 8, 1990 (age 28) 3 1 Real Sociedad
3MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg David Zurutuza (1986-08-14) August 14, 1986 (age 32) 4 0 Real Sociedad
3MF Coat of Arms of Álava.svg Mikel Vesga (1990-03-22) March 22, 1990 (age 28) 0 0 CD Leganés

4FW Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Aritz Aduriz (1981-02-11) February 11, 1981 (age 37) 11 12 Athletic Club
4FW Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Jon Bautista (1995-07-03) July 3, 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Real Sociedad
4FW Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Ibai Gómez (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 28) 3 1 Deportivo Alavés
4FW Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Luca Sangalli (1995-02-10) February 10, 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Real Sociedad
4FW Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Iñaki Williams (1994-06-15) June 15, 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Athletic Club

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 Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Gorka Iraizoz (1981-03-06) March 6, 1981 (age 37) 12 0 Girona FC v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
GK Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Xabi Irureta (1986-03-21) March 21, 1986 (age 32) 1 0 Delhi Dynamos v.  Catalonia, December 28, 2014
GK Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Oier Olazábal (1989-09-14) September 14, 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Levante UD v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016

DF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Ion Ansotegi (1982-07-13) July 13, 1982 (age 36) 7 0 retired v.  Corsica, May 27, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Jon Aurtenetxe (1992-01-03) January 3, 1992 (age 26) 5 0 SD Amorebieta v.  Catalonia, December 26, 2015
DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Mikel Balenziaga (1988-02-29) February 29, 1988 (age 30) 5 0 Athletic Club v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Eneko Bóveda (1988-12-14) December 14, 1988 (age 29) 3 0 Deportivo La Coruña v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Gorka Elustondo (1987-03-18) March 18, 1987 (age 31) 2 0 Rayo Vallecano v.  Corsica, May 27, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Xabier Etxeita (1987-10-31) October 31, 1987 (age 30) 3 0 SD Huesca v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Javier Garrido (1985-03-15) March 15, 1985 (age 33) 2 0 retired v.  Corsica, May 27, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Mikel González (1985-09-24) September 24, 1985 (age 33) 7 0 AEK Larnaca FC v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
DF Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Carlos Gurpegi (1980-08-19) August 19, 1980 (age 38) 1 0 retired v.  Corsica, May 27, 2016
DF Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Carlos Martínez (1986-04-09) April 9, 1986 (age 32) 3 0 Real Oviedo v.  Catalonia, December 26, 2015
DF Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Mikel San José (1989-05-30) May 30, 1989 (age 29) 6 0 Athletic Club v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
DF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Joseba Zaldúa (1992-06-24) June 24, 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Real Sociedad v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016

MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Markel Bergara (1986-05-05) May 5, 1986 (age 32) 5 1 Getafe CF v.  Corsica, May 27, 2016
MF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Ander Iturraspe (1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 29) 6 0 Athletic Cub v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Mikel Oyarzabal (1997-04-21) April 21, 1997 (age 21) 1 1 Real Sociedad v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Xabi Prieto (captain) (1983-08-29) August 29, 1983 (age 35) 14 0 retired v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
MF Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Mikel Rico (1984-11-04) November 4, 1984 (age 33) 4 0 Athletic Club v.  Corsica, May 27, 2016
MF Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Markel Susaeta (1987-12-14) December 14, 1987 (age 30) 7 1 Athletic Club v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
MF Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Roberto Torres (1989-03-07) March 7, 1989 (age 29) 3 1 CA Osasuna v.  Catalonia, December 26, 2015

FW Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Ander Capa (1992-02-08) February 8, 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Athletic Club v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
FW Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Sabin Merino (1992-01-04) January 4, 1992 (age 26) 2 0 CD Leganés v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
FW Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Iker Muniain (1992-12-19) December 19, 1992 (age 25) 3 1 Athletic Club v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
FW Coat of Arms of Álava.svg Gaizka Toquero (1984-08-09) August 9, 1984 (age 34) 6 2 Real Zaragoza v.  Tunisia, Dec 30, 2016
Coat of Arms of Álava.svg Álava Coat of Arms of Biscay.svg Biscay Coat of Arms of Gipuzkoa.svg Gipuzkoa Blason d'Ustaritz et du Labourd.svg Labourd Blason Royaume Navarre.svg Lower Navarre Escudo de Navarra (oficial).svg Navarre Blason province fr Soule.svg Soule

Results and fixtures[edit]

Pre-1940 international matches[edit]

The Federación Guipuzcoana's matches[edit]

In July 1922 it were created separate federation for Basques (Federación Vizcaína and Federación Guipuzcoana) and Cantabrians (Federación Cantabra), with the result that the North's football team was renamed as the Basque Country football team (only basques footballers).[96]
Tour officially organized by the Federation of Guipúzcoa, with the participation of 4 players from Vizcaya:[97]

Date Venue Home Team Score Visitor
July 16, 1922 Buenos Aires Argentina Argentina 4–0  Basque Country[98]
August 20, 1922 Montevideo Uruguay Uruguay 4–0  Basque Country[99]
August 27, 1922 Montevideo Uruguay Uruguay 3–1  Basque Country[25]
June 15, 1924 Real Sociedad Hípica, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia 1–2  Basque Country[100]

The North federation matches[edit]

Date Venue Home Team Score Visitor
January 3, 1915 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country Cantabria North 6–1 Catalonia Catalonia[9]
February 7, 1915 Campo del Español, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia 2–2 Basque Country Cantabria North[11]
May 13, 1915 Campo del Athletic, Madrid Basque Country Cantabria North 1–0 Catalonia Catalonia[13]
May 21, 1916 Campo del Español, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia 1–3 Basque Country Cantabria North[15]
May 22, 1916 Campo del Español, Barcelona Catalonia Catalonia 0–0 Basque Country Cantabria North[101]
June 4, 1916 San Mamés, Bilbao Basque Country Cantabria North 5–0 Catalonia Catalonia[16]
May 28, 1922 Santander Basque Country Cantabria North 2–3 Scotland St Mirren F.C.
May 30, 1922 Santander Basque Country Cantabria North 2–2 Scotland St Mirren F.C.

Non-International matches[edit]

Date Venue Home Team Score Visitor
May 23, 1921 San Mamés, Bilbao  Basque Country 0–1 England West Ham United[102]
July 23, 1922 Buenos Aires Argentina Porteño 1–1  Basque Country[103]
July 30, 1922 Estadio Sportivo Barracas, Buenos Aires Argentina Liga del Interior XI 0–4  Basque Country[104]
August 6, 1922 Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina Rosario (Santa Fé) 2–1  Basque Country[105]
September 7, 1922 Santos[106] Brazil Santos XI 0–5  Basque Country
September 11, 1922 São Paulo Brazil São Paulo 2–1  Basque Country[107]
June 24, 1932 Camp de Les Corts, Barcelona Catalonia FC Barcelona 3–1  Basque Country[108]
June 26, 1932 Camp de Les Corts, Barcelona Catalonia FC Barcelona 2–1  Basque Country[109]
November 29, 1936 Campo del Sardinero, Santander Bandera de Cantabria (sin escudo).svg Cantabria 3–2  Basque Country[29][30]
April 26, 1937 Parc des Princes, Paris France Racing Paris 0–3  Basque Country[34][110]
May 9, 1937 Toulouse France Racing Paris 3–3  Basque Country[111]
May 19, 1937 Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris France Racing Paris 2–3  Basque Country[112][113]
May 23, 1937 Stade de l'Huveaune, Marseille France Olympic Marseille 2–5  Basque Country[35]
May 30, 1937 Sète France FC Sète 3–1  Basque Country[114]
June 24, 1937 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow Soviet Union FC Lokomotiv Moscow 1–5  Basque Country[115]
June 27, 1937 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow Soviet Union FC Dynamo Moscow 1–2  Basque Country[116][117]
June 30, 1937 Leningrad Soviet Union FC Dinamo Leningrad 2–2  Basque Country[118]
July 4, 1937 Moscow Soviet Union FC Dynamo Moscow 4–7  Basque Country[118]
July 8, 1937 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow Soviet Union FC Spartak Moscow 6–2  Basque Country[119][120]
July 15, 1937 Kiev Soviet Union FC Dynamo Kiev 1–3  Basque Country[121]
July 24, 1937 Lavrenti Beria Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi Soviet Union FC Dinamo Tbilisi 0–2  Basque Country[122][123]
August 9, 1937 Minsk Soviet Union FC Dinamo Minsk 1–6  Basque Country[124]
August 27, 1937 Sarpsborg Norway Norway AIF 2–3  Basque Country
November 7, 1937 Mexico City Mexico Club América 2–2  Basque Country[125]
November 14, 1937 Mexico City Mexico Club Necaxa 1–2  Basque Country[126]
November 21, 1937 Guadalajara Mexico Jalisco State 1–5  Basque Country[127][128]
December 19, 1937 Mexico City Mexico Asturias/España XI 3–1  Basque Country[129][130]
December 26, 1937 Mexico City Mexico Asturias/España XI 2–3  Basque Country[131][132]
January 2, 1938 Mexico City Mexico C.F. Atlante 0–3  Basque Country[133]
January 16, 1938 La Polar, Havana Cuba Joventud Asturiana 4–4  Basque Country[134]
January 23, 1938 La Tropical, Havana Cuba Centro Gallego 3–0  Basque Country[135]
January 28, 1938 La Polar, Havana Cuba La Habana XI 0–2  Basque Country[136]
January 30, 1938 La Tropical, Havana Cuba Joventud Asturiana 3–2  Basque Country[137]
May 9, 1938 Playa Ancha, Valparaiso Chile Santiago Wanderers 2–4  Basque Country[138]
June 5, 1938 Havana Cuba La Habana XI 0–2  Basque Country
August 7, 1938 Veracruz Mexico Club España de Veracruz 0–8  Basque Country[139][140]
August 14, 1938 Orizaba Mexico Moctezuma de Orizaba 2–6  Basque Country[141]
August 21, 1938 Veracruz Mexico Iberia de Córdoba 0–15  Basque Country[141]
September 4, 1938 Parque Asturias, Mexico City Mexico Club Necaxa 1–4  Basque Country[142]
September 11, 1938 Parque Asturias, Mexico City Mexico Club Necaxa 3–7  Basque Country[143]
September 18, 1938 Parque Asturias, Mexico City Mexico Asturias/España XI 3–4  Basque Country[144]
September 25, 1938 Parque Necaxa, Mexico City Mexico Club América 2–8  Basque Country[145]
October 2, 1938 Parque Asturias, Mexico City Mexico Asturias/España XI 6–3  Basque Country[146][85]
November 1, 1938 Guadalajara Mexico Jalisco State 1–3  Basque Country[147]
November 6, 1938 Guadalajara Mexico Jalisco State 0–4  Basque Country[148]
November 13, 1938 Parque Oro, Guadalajara Mexico Club América 0–5  Basque Country[149]
January 1, 1939 Parque España, Mexico City Mexico Atlante/Marte XI 5–4  Basque Country[150]
April 9, 1939 Mexico City Mexico Atlante/Marte XI 2–8  Basque Country[151]
June 18, 1939 Parque Necaxa, Mexico City Paraguay Club Atlético Corrales 4–4  Basque Country[58][152][153]
June 25, 1966 Gal Stadium, Irun  Basque Country 0–2 Spain Real Madrid[49]
August 13, 1976 José Zorrilla, Valladolid Spain Real Valladolid[154] 2–1  Basque Country
June 6, 1977 Manzanares, Madrid Spain Atlético Madrid 2–3  Basque Country
August 16, 1979 San Mamés, Bilbao  Basque Country 4–1 Republic of Ireland League of Ireland XI[155]
May 10, 1988 San Mamés, Bilbao  Basque Country 4–0 EnglandTottenham Hotspur[156]
June 22, 1993 Atotxa, San Sebastián Basque Country (autonomous community) Real Sociedad 0–0  Basque Country

All-time team record[edit]

As of December 31, 2016
Rival Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %[a]
 Bolivia 2 2 0 0 9 2 +7 100%
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0%
 Catalonia 7 3 3 1 9 7 +2 64.29%
 Corsica 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 50%
 Cuba 2 2 0 0 8 3 +5 100%
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0%
 Denmark 1 1 0 0 11 1 +10 100%
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 100%
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100%
 Ghana 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100%
 Honduras 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0%
 Macedonia 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 50%
 Mexico 7 5 0 2 24 16 +8 71.43%
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100%
 Nigeria 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 100%
 Norway 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100%
 Paraguay 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 50%
 Peru 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 100%
 Romania 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 50%
 Russia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
 Serbia [b] 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 100%
 Silesia 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1 100%
 Soviet Union 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 50%
 Tunisia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 50%
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 100%
 Venezuela 2 2 0 0 7 4 +3 100%
 Wales 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0%
Summary 49 32 8 9 136 71 +65 73.47%
  1. ^ A draw counts as a ½ win
  2. ^ Includes a friedly match against former FR Yugoslavia on 26 December 1997

Estimated Elo[edit]

The Elo rating system was adapted for football by adding a weighting for the kind of match, an adjustment for the home team advantage, and an adjustment for goal difference in the match result. Its estimated Elo is 1880 (current fantasy rank: 15th). Its highest Elo were 1892 points (after winning against Mexico on October 30, 1938).
At that time it would have been the third world national football team in the World behind Italy and Argentina; and above Scotland, Spain, England, Hungary and among those.

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

 Andorra

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Equatorial Guinea

 France

 Portugal

 Romania

 Spain

 Venezuela

There are many other international footballers with Basque heritage, for example: Álex Aguinaga, Javier Aguirre, Matías Aguirregaray, Antonio Alzamendi, Fernando Aristeguieta, Víctor Aristizábal, Cristian Arrieta, Rodolfo Arruabarrena, Gabriel Batistuta, Pablo Bengoechea, Jared Borgetti, Jorge Burruchaga, Chico, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Sebastián Eguren, Marcelo Estigarribia, Marco Etcheverry, Diego Forlán, Enzo Francescoli, Sergio Goycochea, Gonzalo Higuaín, Manuel Iturra, Diego Laxalt, Tommy Oar, Fernando Ochoaizpur, Julio Olarticoechea, Nicolás Otamendi, Juan Román Riquelme, Antonio Urdinarán, Santos Urdinarán, Patricio Urrutia, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo and Pablo Zabaleta.[citation needed]

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

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