CD Basconia

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Basconia
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Full nameClub Deportivo Basconia
Founded1 January 1913; 107 years ago (1913-01-01)
GroundPolideportivo de Artunduaga, Basauri, Basque Country, Spain
Capacity8,500[1]
PresidentJuan Ignacio Azurmendi
Head coachPatxi Salinas
League3ª – Group 4
2018–193ª – Group 4,6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Deportivo Basconia is a Spanish football club based in Basauri, Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded in 1 January 1913 it currently plays in Tercera División – Group 4, holding home games at Estadio de López Cortázar, with an 8,500-seat capacity.[2] In 1997, they entered into a partnership with Athletic Bilbao to serve as a feeder club for Bilbao and essentially operate as the club's C team.[3]

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 level above, did not attain the same goal. The primary function of the agreement is to aid the development of young players in a challenging environment while remaining in the same group under the close guidance of the parent club; a number of teenagers who spent a season at Basconia became professionals at Athletic Bilbao, eventually playing in La Liga and UEFA competitions. In January 2020 it was confirmed that the partnership, due to expire that summer, had been renewed for another three years to 2023.[4]

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.

Basconia B playing at Soloarte

Although Athletic Bilbao control the main squad's players and coaching personnel, Basconia retains its own club committee and staff and operates several youth teams as well as 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;[5] he left Biscay for a long career across Spain which eventually brought him back to sign for Athletic in 2013.

In January 2018, with the team struggling to remain in the league, Basconia took the unusual step of recruiting some older, more experienced players including Thaylor Lubanzadio[6][7][8] to help them maintain their 23-year divisional status,[9] which was eventually accomplished - they finished 15th, 5 points above the relegation zone.[10]

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 Copa del Rey
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2017/18 4 15th
2018/19 4 6th
2019/20 4 4th

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2018[11]
  • = player was also playing for Basconia in 2017-18

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Spain ESP Aritz de Miguel
GK Spain ESP Ander Iru
GK Spain ESP Sergio García
DF Spain ESP Xabier Arberas
DF Spain ESP Julen Bernaola
DF Spain ESP Imanol García de Albéniz
DF Spain ESP Matías Lizarazu
DF Spain ESP Álvaro Núñez
DF Colombia COL Deiby Ochoa
DF Spain ESP Aitor Paredes
DF Spain ESP Iker Salvador
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Spain ESP Gorka Agirre
MF Mali MLI Youssouf Diarra
MF Spain ESP Gorka Estrada
MF Spain ESP Oier Zarraga
FW Spain ESP Juan Artola
FW Spain ESP Rubén Azcona
FW Spain ESP Jon Cabo
FW Spain ESP Javier Rudi
FW Angola ANG Thaylor Lubanzadio
FW Spain ESP Ewan Roy Urain

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. Pos. Nation Player
GK Spain ESP Unai Andoni Llorente (on loan at Santutxu until 30 June 2019)
DF Spain ESP Aitor Aguado (on loan at Sodupe until 30 June 2019)
DF Spain ESP Asier Arana (on loan at Zamudio until 30 June 2019)
DF Spain ESP Mikel Kortazar (on loan at Santutxu until 30 June 2019)
DF Spain ESP Ibai Rodríguez (on loan at Sodupe until 30 June 2019)
MF Spain ESP Ander Dulce (on loan at Zamudio until 30 June 2019)
MF United States USA Ander Egiluz[12] (on loan at Leioa until 30 June 2019)
MF Spain ESP Aitor Gandiaga (on loan at Gernika until 30 June 2019)
MF Spain ESP Xabier Garai (on loan at Gernika until 30 June 2019)
MF Spain ESP Xabier Naveira (on loan at Balmaseda until 30 June 2019)
FW Spain ESP Ander Quintana (on loan at Sodupe until 30 June 2019)

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. ^ "Dimensiones, asistencia de Estadio Pedro López Cortázar en Basauri - Fichajes.com". Fichajes.com : Información sobre los fichajes y actualidad del mundo del fútbol (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Estadio López Cortázar (Basozelai) :: ceroacero.es". www.ceroacero.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Athletic Club and CD Basconia Extend PArtnership Agreement Through 2023". Inside Athletic. 17 January 2020.
  4. ^ Basconia, subsidiary team of Athletic Club until 2023, Athletic Bilbao, 17 January 2020
  5. ^ Basconia 3–0 UPV; Athletic Bilbao, 11 April 2001
  6. ^ "Thaylor profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Adrián Celador profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Iker Amorrortu profile". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Tercera División Grupo 4 - IV - Euskadi, Temporada 2017/2018". www.resultados-futbol.com. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  11. ^ Basconia squad at Athletic Club official website
  12. ^ Athletic Club - Under 19 Call-up (18/03/16)
  13. ^ a b c d While the club operated independently (pre 1997).
  14. ^ Youth teams only.

External links[edit]

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