CD Basconia

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Basconia
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Full name Club Deportivo Basconia
Founded 1913; 105 years ago (1913)
Ground Polideportivo de Artunduaga, Basauri, Basque Country, Spain
Ground Capacity 8,500
Chairman Juan Ignacio Azurmendi
Manager Ander Alaña
League 3ª – Group 4
2016–17 3ª – Group 4, 10th
Current season

Club Deportivo Basconia is a Spanish football club based in Basauri, Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded in 1913 it currently plays in Tercera División – Group 4, holding home games at Estadio de López Cortázar, with an 8,500-seat capacity.

History[edit]

Founded in 1913, Basconia reached the national third level (Tercera División) thirty years later. The club played in the second tier for six seasons (1957–63), but this was before the creation of the regionalised new third division in the 1970s.

In 1997 Basconia became Basque neighbours Athletic Bilbao's feeder club, not being eligible for promotion if the reserves, Bilbao Athletic, playing in the above level, did not attain the same goal. Several first-team players made the gradual transition before eventually playing in La Liga and European competition.

Basconia’s place in Athletic's club structure means that the squad changes greatly each season. About half of the players move up to play for Bilbao Athletic, or go out on loan to other local clubs playing at Segunda División B level. They are replaced by graduates, usually 17 or 18 years old, from the previous year's Juvenil A team. The squad is normally expanded further with new signings from the regions’s youth clubs, most notably Danok Bat and Antiguoko.

Although the players and coaching staff of the main squad are controlled by Athletic Bilbao, Basconia retains its own club committee and staff and operates several youth teams as well an amateur side (Basconia B) who compete in the Preferente de Vizcaya league, two levels below the first team. These other teams play in a separate small stadium in the town, Soloarte. Occasionally the main squad has been supplemented by some of Basconia's 'own' players in emergencies - Mikel Rico was with Basconia B when he appeared in one Tercera División fixture in 2001.[1] He left Biscay for a long career across Spain which eventually brought him back to the senior team of Athletic in 2013.

In January 2018, with the team struggling to remain in the division, Basconia took the unusual step of recruiting some older, more experienced players – Thaylor Lubanzadio (es),[2] Adrián Celador[3] and Iker Amorrortu[4] – to help them maintain their 23-year league status.[5]

Season to season[edit]

  • As a separate club
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1945–50 4 Regional
1950/51 3 13th
1951/52 3 9th
1952/53 3 7th
1953/54 3 13th
1954/55 3 3rd
1955/56 3 6th
1956/57 3 1st
1957/58 2 8th
1958/59 2 5th
1959/60 2 11th
1960/61 2 8th
1961/62 2 15th
1962/63 2 15th
1963/64 3 7th
1964/65 3 10th
1965/66 3 5th
1966/67 3 7th
1967/68 3 6th
1968/69 3 12th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1969/70 3 8th
1970/71 3 6th
1971/72 3 4th
1972/73 3 15th
1973/74 3 12th
1974/75 3 14th
1975/76 3 16th
1976/77 3 10th
1977/78 3 2ªB 20th
1978/79 4 20th
1979/80 5 Reg.Pref. 4th
1980/81 5 Reg.Pref. 1st
1981/82 4 3rd
1982/83 4 4th
1983/84 4 8th
1984/85 4 1st
1985/86 4 4th
1986/87 4 2nd
1987/88 3 2ªB 6th
1988/89 3 2ªB 14th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1989/90 3 2ªB 15th
1990/91 3 2ªB 9th
1991/92 3 2ªB 13th
1992/93 3 2ªB 7th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1993/94 3 2ªB 17th
1994/95 4 7th
1995/96 4 14th
1996/97 4 10th
Season Tier Division Place
1997/98 4 1st
1998/99 4 7th
1999/00 4 5th
2000/01 4 6th
2001/02 4 7th
2002/03 4 1st
2003/04 4 3rd
2004/05 4 8th
2005/06 4 4th
2006/07 4 5th
2007/08 4 5th
2008/09 4 7th
2009/10 4 10th
2010/11 4 8th
2011/12 4 10th
2012/13 4 12th
2013/14 4 4th
2014/15 4 16th
2015/16 4 14th
2016/17 4 10th

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 July 2017[6]
  • = player was also playing for Basconia in 2016-17

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
* Cameroon GK Christophe Atangana
* Spain GK Ander Iru
Spain DF Javier Alonso
Spain DF Asier Arana
* Spain DF Julen Bernaola
Spain DF Markel Bravo
Spain DF Mikel Kortazar
Spain DF Matías Lizarazu
* Spain DF Álvaro Mateo
* Spain DF Javier Murua
* Colombia DF Deiby Ochoa
Spain DF Ibai Rodríguez
Spain MF Xabier Atxikallende
Spain MF Eneko Basaldua
No. Position Player
Mali MF Youssouf Diarra
Spain MF Ander Dulce
United States MF Ander Egiluz[7]
* Spain MF Aitor Gandiaga
* Spain MF Gorka Garai
Spain MF Xabier Naveira
* Spain MF Antonio Salado
Spain MF Oier Zarraga
* Spain FW Alejandro Larrayoz
* Spain FW Jon Morcillo
Spain FW David Nates
Spain FW Ander Quintana
Spain FW Javier Rudi
Spain FW Andoni Tascón

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain DF Mikel Murgoitio (on loan at Gernika until 30 June 2018)
Spain DF Iñigo Sukia (on loan at Portugalete until 30 June 2018)

Honours[edit]

Winners:[a] 1956–57[b]
Winners (3):[c] 1984–85,[d] 1997–98,[e] 2002–03[f]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Third tier
  2. ^ Promoted in play-offs
  3. ^ Fourth tier
  4. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  5. ^ Won group in play-offs, but ineligible for promotion as Bilbao Athletic did not gain promotion from the level above (they too made the playoffs but finished third)
  6. ^ Not promoted in play-offs, and would have been ineligible as Bilbao Athletic did not gain promotion from the level above

Selected coaches[edit]

Famous players[edit]

Note: this list contains players who have appeared in at least 50 league games for the first team or have reached international status.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basconia 3–0 UPV; Athletic Bilbao, 11 April 2001
  2. ^ "Thaylor profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Adrián Celador profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Iker Amorrortu profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "El Athletic ficha a un futbolista de 23 años para el Basconia" [Athletic signs a 23-year-old player for Basconia]. El Correo (in Spanish). 3 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Basconia squad at Athletic Club official website
  7. ^ Athletic Club - Under 19 Call-up (18/03/16)

External links[edit]

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